Intersections are designed to bring traffic from different directions together safely, but careless drivers can put every other motorist at a crossroads at risk.
Visalia emergency responders see the results of dangerous mistakes at intersections each year. California’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) recorded 358 collisions in Visalia in 2020. 54% of those accidents were documented as taking place at intersections. Visalia intersection accidents were responsible for 278 injuries last year and tragically resulted in two deaths.
Visalia Police say one of the most dangerous intersections in the city is where Walnut Avenue and Mooney Boulevard meet. Officers report they’ve responded to nearly 40 crashes at the intersection over the past four years.
Driver in Pickup Truck Killed After SUV Runs Red Light in Visalia
A two-vehicle collision at an intersection in southern Visalia claimed one life and sent a woman to the hospital early Wednesday morning. KFSN-TV reports the accident took place just after 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Mooney Boulevard on April 21, 2021.
Visalia police say the woman driving a Honda SUV west on Walnut ran a red light at the intersection and t-boned a Chevy Colorado pickup traveling southbound on Mooney. The truck’s driver died on the scene. The woman in the SUV was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
Officers do not believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the collision. Their investigation continues.
Support for Families After a Visalia Traffic Accident
The loss of a loved one in a senseless accident will leave a family to try to cope with their grief. A heartbreaking loss can also bring with it many difficult decisions for close relatives. These decisions can affect the financial stability of a spouse, the children of the victim, and the parents of the victim not just in the immediate future but years down the road.
A tragedy like this can leave a family to struggle with funeral and burial costs, ambulance fees, and estate planning expenses. Families can feel alone when struggling with these hardships, but they are permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit to ask for help.
The at-fault driver and his or her auto insurance provider can be petitioned to provide support for these bills. A wrongful death civil claim would also seek to provide for the future of the family when loved ones will be without the guidance and financial support the victim had always provided. A wrongful death lawyer working on behalf of every family member can file this claim and alert the family when an insurance company isn’t treating them fairly.
Contact a Visalia Wrongful Death Lawyer Protecting Families
After a tragic accident has taken away a beloved member of your family please contact an experienced Visalia wrongful death lawyer. Insurance companies aren’t required to inform your family of everything that’s available to them after a tragedy. Having a local attorney to represent your family can help make sure insurance agents respect your rights and provide everything you’ll need to protect your family through such a difficult time.