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Fatal Head-On Crash in Tulare County

An 18-year-old driver smashed head on into another car killing the passenger of the other car and severely injuring the driver. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened when the teenage driver attempted to pass another vehicle on a two-lane highway and wasn’t able to make it back in time.

The crash happened on Highway 216 near Avenue 320 in Ivanhoe. The driver of the other car was transported to the hospital with critical injuries, and the driver of the passing car sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital along with two 17-year-old passengers who sustained moderate injuries.

Tulare County Passing Accidents

The majority of the roads in Tulare County are two-lane rural roads which are the most dangerous of all road types according to a report from the Federal Highway Association. The study found that 30 percent of all driving is in rural areas, yet rural driving accounts for over 50 percent of all auto accident fatalities.

So, what makes rural driving so dangerous? The head-on collision. This is the most dangerous type of crash as it accounts for only 2 percent of all crashes yet it accounts for 19 percent of all fatalities. There are far more head-on collisions in rural areas than in urban and city driving.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

While no attorney can bring back the deceased, if you ever lose a loved one in a fatal crash you should be aware of wrongful death claims. Insurers are highly unlikely to make you aware of this type of claim. In California, heirs of a deceased person can pursue a wrongful death claim as the result of a wrongful act or negligence on the part of another party.

The law in California allows heirs to seek monetary damages in a wrongful death claim. Each heir who meets the requirements of the code section qualifies for losses resulting from the death of a loved one (decedent).

Contact a Tulare Personal Injury Lawyer.

After any accident involving a serious injury in Tulare, contact attorney Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every client should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice and the personalized attention to detail their case deserves.


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