Devastating head-on crashes can be the most dangerous of all collisions on the road. The blunt force can be doubled in an accident as two vehicles carry their speeds into the impact from opposite directions.
The Insurance Information Institute found that in 2017 collisions involving head-on impacts made up only about 3% of the accidents for the year, nationwide. Yet, head-on collisions were factors in an astounding 10% of all fatal accidents.
The likelihood of a tragic outcome is much higher when vehicles collide in this manner. One driver can make an error in judgment and put many others at risk.
Two Killed in Fresno County Head-On Crash
Two people lost their lives in a head-on crash near Caruthers Wednesday morning. ABC30-TV reported the accident happened along Highway 41 near Elkhorn Avenue around 6 a.m. on September 16, 2020.
The California Highway Patrol determined that the driver of a Nissan pick-up was attempting to pass cars when the truck sideswiped an oncoming Chevy Tahoe SUV. The truck continued forward to crash head-on with a Hyundai Veloster, killing the driver. The driver in the Nissan truck also died in the collision.
During the incident, the Chevy SUV went into a spin and came to rest off the highway. The four people inside the Chevy SUV are expected to be okay.
Help for Families After a Fatal Accident
After tragic accidents, families should be provided time to grieve the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, in accidents caused by another driver, a family may have to act quickly to make sure their future is protected. Relatives left behind shouldn’t have to face medical bills and funeral costs alone. Even the financial support the victim used to offer through his or her job has been taken from the family.
In these unfortunate situations, California allows families of the victim to file a wrongful death claim. This civil lawsuit attempts to recover compensation from the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company. The claim can be filed by a representative for the family. A spouse or adult children or even the parents of the victim can bring the claim forward. An attorney can also represent the family in the lawsuit.
The family has up to two years from the day the victim passed away to file a wrongful death claim. If it’s successful in earning a settlement or an award in court the family can recover the costs of any ambulance and medical services before the death and funeral costs. The wages the victim would have earned from their job can also be compensated. The children and spouse of the victim can also receive payment for the emotional support they would have received from the victim over their lives.
Contact a Fresno Wrongful Death Attorney
After an accident that claims a loved one, families need someone on their sides to protect their future. If you need help after a tragic accident in Central Valley, 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 personalized attention to detail their case deserves.