A Fresno mother of four died in May when she was struck after a highway collision on Highway 99. According to her son, Ivonne Rodriguez was on her way home to Fresno when the highway collision occurred. According to law enforcement officers, Rodriguez’s vehicle was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer on Highway 99. Rodriguez’s vehicle was on the shoulder partially blocking the fast lane when she exited the vehicle. Another vehicle, swerving to avoid the crash, collided with Rodriguez. She died from her injuries.
It was after dark when the highway collision occurred and Rodriguez had her emergency lights on. According to CHP, the other driver was not speeding and apparently did not see her or expect her to be outside of her vehicle. Rodriguez’s son questions whether the other driver was distracted even for a second and that could have been why the other driver did not see his mother. He believes his mother exited her vehicle to check on other accident victims because she was a good person who did the best she could for her family.
Safety Tips After a Highway Collision
In any accident situation, contact emergency responders immediately, especially if someone is injured. For a highway collision, take extra precautions to ensure you remain safe until help arrives.
If you can move your vehicle to a safe location, do so with caution to avoid another collision. Unless it is dangerous to do so, remain in your vehicle until help arrives, especially after dark, dusk, and dawn when it is more difficult for other drivers to see you.
If your vehicle is unsafe (i.e. you see smoke, you smell gasoline, etc.), safely exit your vehicle and move to the safest location that is furthest away from oncoming traffic. When exiting your vehicle, check in all directions for traffic. If you have a flashlight, turn it on and shine it downward (never shine it in the direction of oncoming traffic) to make yourself more visible too other drivers.
Once you are safe, take pictures of the accident scene but never place yourself or others in danger to do this. If possible, get the names and contact information for any eyewitnesses and get the other driver’s information. Make note of the make, model, color, and license number of the other vehicles involved in the highway collision. If the other driver or eyewitnesses make any statements about the highway collision, make note of the statements to give to your attorney.
Contact a Fresno Car Accident Attorney as Soon as Possible
As soon as possible after receiving medical care (your health is the most important priority), contact a Fresno highway collision attorney. The sooner you get an attorney involved in your case the better chance you have of receiving full compensation for your damages.
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