Fresno Two-Vehicle Crash Involves Seven Children

Accident on East Ashlan Avenue Reportedly Caused by Drunk Driver

A two-vehicle crash injured multiple children in a Fresno traffic accident on March 5. The accident occurred along East Ashlan Avenue at North Cedar Avenue around 2:15 p.m. According to Steven Card, a lieutenant with the Fresno Police Department, the collision occurred as a driver was entering a shopping center and was hit by a speeding driver. 

Vehicle Was Speeding When it T-Boned Van

The van that carried the children was making a left turn when it was hit on the passenger side by a truck carrying two children, ages 7 and 10. There were five children in the vehicle that was struck that were between the ages of 10 months to 9 years of age. The children in both vehicles were all transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment if needed. One of the children suffered a broken leg in the accident. 

Driver Faces Multiple Charges in Two-Vehicle Crash

The 30-year-old truck driver was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. He may also be facing charges of child endangerment. No information was released on whether the driver was injured and transported to a hospital. 

Negligence That Causes a Two-Vehicle Crash

Our children are precious, and it’s difficult for us to conceive that a driver would do anything to endanger them. However, it does happen. Negligent actions by drivers occur every day and often injure those we love. Some of the most common types of negligence that lead to a two-vehicle collision include:

  • Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of a two-vehicle collision. When a driver is looking at their cell phone and texting, it not only removes their hand from the wheel of the vehicle and eyes from the roadway but it changes their focus. Only a few seconds is enough to cause a serious traffic accident.
  • Speeding has been a major cause of a two-vehicle crash for many years. The speeding driver is unable to stop in time to prevent an accident. In addition, speeders are more likely to lose control of their vehicles, which can end up causing a crash that involves cars, pedestrians and others.
  • Fatigued driving has been compared to being intoxicated in its effects. The driver often doesn’t realize that their tiredness makes it dangerous for them to get behind the wheel of a car. Their reactions are similar to a drunk driver with weaving in the lanes, problems focusing and possibly nodding off.
  • Tailgating is a form of reckless driving that can result in serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision even if the crash is at low speed. This is because the rapid back and forth movement of a person’s head upon impact is enough to result in a traumatic brain injury. When this type of crash occurs at an intersection, it can end up pushing a vehicle further in where it can be struck by other cars.
  • Running a red light or stop sign: These types of drivers are often speeders or simply think they can pass through an intersection without getting hit. Running lights is a form of aggressive driving.

Recovering Compensation Following a Two-Vehicle Crash

When you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, you may want to think about placing a personal injury claim to recover compensation. In cases where egregious negligence or an intentional act is involved, the injured party may be able to ask the court to award punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to penalize the wrongdoer and discourage negligent behavior in the future. They are often much higher than those for a personal injury claim alone and in addition to that compensation.

Fresno Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a Fresno car accident lawyer. If a negligent driver caused your injuries in an accident, you might be able to recover compensation. For free and friendly advice from our injury lawyers, contact us at (559) 377-7676 or (800) 404-5400. We also offer an online form for your convenience.

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