Update | Fatal Car Accident on Gurr Road and Shippee Road in Merced County

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January 23, 2023
Edward Smith

Head-On Collision Fatality on Gurr Road

The California Highway Patrol reported a fatality following a head-on collision on Gurr Road in Merced County on the morning of Thursday, January 19, 2023. The roadway crash occurred shortly before 10:40 a.m. on South Gurr Road in the vicinity of Shippee Road, officials said.

Details on the Head-On Collision Fatality on Gurr Road in Merced County

According to the California Highway Patrol, a man from Winton, age 24, was driving a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on South Gurr Road. At the same time, a woman from San Jose was headed southbound on South Gurr Road in a 2019 Toyota Corolla. For reasons not yet determined, one of the vehicles allegedly entered the opposite lane and collided head-on with the other. The Chevrolet driver sustained injuries described as minor and declined medical attention at the crash site, CHP traffic officers said.

First responders were requested and attempted life-saving measures on the Toyota driver, Sinthia Fernandez, 22, of San Jose. Sadly, she succumbed to her injuries at the scene. A GoFundMe page has been created on behalf of Sinthia Fernandez and her family to cover final resting costs. Additional information on the fatal head-on collision on Gurr Road and Shippee Road in Merced County was not immediately available.

What is a Wrongful Death Action and Who Can File in California?

The loss of a family member in an auto accident due to another party’s negligence or carelessness may be challenging to accept and come to terms with. Depending on the facts and circumstances involved, surviving family members may be in a position to file a wrongful death action against the at-fault party and their insurer. While no amount of money may undo the pain that survivors have experienced or bring a loved one back, it may provide the family with a sense of closure and justice knowing that the party responsible for their loss has been held accountable.

Not any family member is eligible to file for wrongful death in California. Specific relatives have priority in these matters which generally include the children, domestic partner, or spouse. This is by CCP 377.60. If such relationships with the deceased do not exist, other relatives may be eligible. An experienced California wrongful death attorney may determine if a family member has grounds to file for wrongful death and meets the eligibility criterion set forth in CCP 377.60.

In most cases of wrongful death, survivors have two years from the date of loss to file in civil court. While this may seem like ample time, surviving family members must know that other factors may influence the time limit in these matters. For instance, the involvement of a government agency in a case may shorten the deadline to six months, as outlined in the California Government Code Section 911.2. The legal team from AutoAccident.com is here to help your family with your case and help you all seek justice and maximum compensation. Learn more about our law office by watching this video.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Merced

I’m Ed Smith, a Merced personal injury lawyer. Motor vehicle wrecks may result in significant financial and emotional hardship for all affected parties. If you have been injured or lost a close relative in a head-on collision, do not delay discussing your case with an experienced accident attorney. California has limits in place on how long you have to file a case in civil court after a crash. Waiting too long to retain legal counsel may do more harm than good in the long run since evidence that is key to proving a case may be lost or destroyed as time goes on.

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