One unidentified person was killed while another was seriously hurt after a fatal big rig accident in Fresno on Wednesday afternoon, August 19.
According to the initial reports from the California Highway Patrol, the deadly collision occurred at around 1:40 p.m. on Highway 180. A car was heading westbound on Highway 180 and attempted to turn south on Chateau Fresno. A big rig also heading westbound then struck the vehicle. The car was reportedly driving at a slow speed at the time of the accident. The driver of the big rig claims that he was unable to see the slowing car.
The driver of the big rig attempted to veer to the left at the last minute to avoid the vehicle, but unfortunately, it was unable to avoid the car altogether. The big rig driver remained at the scene and cooperated with local authorities. The driver of the passenger car was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers don’t consider drugs or alcohol as factors in the fatal collision.
Fatal Big Rig Collision Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are currently investigating. They will attempt to determine the factors that may have caused the crash.
Tractor-trailer accidents are more deadly compared to other types of road accidents. It’s mainly because of the considerable size difference of big rig trucks compared to other vehicles. A fully loaded big rig needs as much as 20 to 40 percent more stopping distance. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), big rig trucks have increased by 30 percent since 2009. There were 4,102 traffic fatalities involving a big rig in 2017 alone. Tractor-trailer accidents are caused by a variety of factors like loss of control of the truck, a tire blowout, a disabling or non-disabling vehicle failure, excessive speed, lane drifting, improper truck maneuvering, and driver fatigue.
When facing tractor-trailer crash cases like this, it’s essential to have an experienced Fresno County wrongful death lawyer specializing in fatal tractor-trailer accidents to conduct an independent investigation. During the independent investigation, all possible contributing factors such as road conditions, signage visibility, and road lighting will be considered and thoroughly examined by the wrongful death attorney.
Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Big Rig Collisions in Fresno County
Suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal big rig collision can cause significant pain and trauma for the victim’s family. During this vulnerable time, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s assistance.
Through the wrongful death claim, the family can seek financial compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain, and suffering. Attorneys can serve as a helpful legal guide for the grieving family during this difficult time. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for your spouse or family member’s death, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.