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Deadly Intersection Accidents on Highway 180 in Fresno County

Car collisions can occur at any moment on the road and from any angle.  One particular danger zone is around intersections where traffic can be flowing in several directions. A driver passes through trusting that drivers coming from other directions will obey the traffic lights.

Intersections Create Hazardous Traffic Conditions

The Federal Highway Administration found that a quarter of all fatal traffic accidents take place at intersections.  Nearly half of all injuries in traffic accidents happen in intersection crashes. That crossing of traffic makes for a hazardous situation for drivers.

Distracted drivers can see a green light ahead, divert their eyes, and not see it turn red.  Suddenly a driver who had a green light is in an accident that wasn’t their fault.  Drivers can be left with serious injuries and can lose their lives because another driver wasn’t paying attention. The families of the victims involved can be left without loved ones and without the financial and emotional support they provided.

A Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision Outside Fresno

A late-night crash at an intersection outside Sanger left one driver dead and another person injured.  ABC30 News reported on the two-vehicle accident Wednesday Night. It happened around 10 pm on July 15, 2020.

The California Highway Patrol was on the scene where Highway 180 and Academy Avenue meet.  They say a Honda Civic and a Nissan Truck collided at the intersection.  At this time investigators don’t know which driver failed to stop for the traffic light.

The driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. The Nissan driver was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno. His condition has not yet been released.

Wrongful Death Claims in California

These accidents often lead to tragic and far-reaching consequences.  Family members mourning the loss of an accident victim will have to consider holding the at-fault driver responsible. Surviving members of the family could face hospital bills, funeral costs, and a loss of financial support the victim would have provided.

California law allows certain close family members to seek damages resulting from the loss of a husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

California’s wrongful death laws are found at the California Code of Civil Procedure section 377.60 et. seq. The applicable statute designates who might be able to bring a wrongful death claim. The following is a general summary of who might be able to file a claim in California, but it’s certainly not exhaustive:

The decedent’s husband or wife. If there is no surviving husband or wife, the decedent’s children or dependent stepchildren. If there are no children or dependent stepchildren, the decedent’s dependent parents can bring the claim.

If none of the above exist, the case might be brought by the decedent’s surviving parents, and then, any siblings of the decedent.



Losing a loved one to a fatal accident may leave those left behind feeling uncertain about the future.  In the aftermath, it may fall to a surviving family member to seek compensation to provide for the rest of the family in the coming years.  Someone else’s actions led to this tragedy and his or her insurance company should be made to pay for the consequences of that mistake.

If you lost a family member to a vehicle accident in Fresno County you will want to contact a local Sanger car accident lawyer who is actively involved in the Central Valley community. Martin Gasparian has dedicated his practice to serving the Central Valley area and representing accident victims in and around Visalia. Call the Maison Law Offices at (559) 396-3889 to schedule a free consultation with Martin and to learn more about your legal options.


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