Hit and Run Accident Near Orosi

ABC30 News reported a hit-and-run accident near Orosi last week near Road 120 and Avenue 424. According to witness testimony, the crash occurred when a black vehicle failed to stop at an intersection. The black vehicle collided with a red Chevy pushing it into the canal. Emergency crews rescued the occupants of the Chevy. The passengers in the black vehicle were also transported to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the black vehicle fled the accident scene. Law enforcement agencies are now searching for the driver. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police.

Major Car Seat Recall — Parents Should Check This List of Recalled Car Seats Immediately

You did your research, and you read every review before choosing a car seat to protect your child. However, your child’s car seat may be on this list of recalled car seats released by the NHTSA. At least 16 car seat models have been recalled for failing to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. These car seats could increase the risk of injury for infants and children in a car accident. Major manufacturers like Evenflo and Graco are on the list.

Would You Want Your Teen To Wear Drunk Goggles?

No, these beer goggles are not a prank, and they are not funny — they are very, very serious and they could save your teenager’s life. Drunk driving and underage drinking are serious problems in the Central California Valley area and throughout the United States. Despite the numerous PSAs and educational courses aimed at teaching teenagers about the dangers of drinking and driving, too many teens are injured or killed in drunk driving accidents each year in this country. Jeff Rossen of the Today Show demonstrated a tool being used by one company to make the dangers of drunk driving more “real” for teenagers in some cities.

Pedestrian Accident In Northeast Fresno Claims Life

Last week a man in his 70s died in a pedestrian accident in Northeast Fresno according to the Fresno Police Department. According to ABC30 Action News, the gentleman was crossing the road at Shepard Avenue and Chestnut Avenue around 7:00 p.m. The driver of the vehicle remained at the accident scene while police investigated. It was unknown whether the pedestrian or the driver had the right of way at the time of the collision.

What Makes A Death Wrongful Under California Law?

Dealing with a wrongful death claim is one of the most complicated and delicate matters a Fresno injury attorney can handle. While you need to pursue the claim aggressively, you must also be aware of the family’s emotions and pain as they deal with the loss of their loved one. Our Fresno wrongful death attorneys understand the delicate nature of a wrongful death. We also understand the importance of filing a wrongful death claim against the party who caused the death to hold that party accountable and liable for the action that led to the tragic death of your loved one. Call our office at 1-800-954-4444 to speak with one of our attorneys about filing a claim to seek justice for yourself, your family, and your loved one.

Jury Rules Against Caltrans And Awards Family $9.5 Million

This is not the first jury award against Caltrans for a crosswalk accident. A jury awarded a 17-year old girl, who was struck in a crosswalk and left in a vegetative state, and her family $12.2 million dollars in 2010. This summer, Caltrans lost a lawsuit resulting in a $9.5 million jury award to the family of a 69-year old man who died after a car struck him in a crosswalk. Why did the jury rule against Caltrans? Dangerous Crosswalks In the case of the 69-year old man, the jury found Caltrans to be 90 percent at fault for the accident. The jury only assigned 10 percent fault to the driver who struck the pedestrian. The lawsuit alleged that Caltrans was liable because it knew that marked crosswalks without stoplights were more dangerous compared to unmarked stoplights. The crosswalk where the man was struck was marked, but it had no stoplights. A news report states that Caltrans had promised to install pedestrian-activated stoplights but never installed the lights. 

Disabled Vehicle Causes Death In Visalia

A disabled vehicle resulted in the tragic death of a Visalia man. According to Visalia Times, a man was struck by two vehicles as he was trying to push his vehicle out of the street. The accident occurred on Walnut Avenue just west of Ben Maddox Way. The victim suffered severe head trauma and internal injuries. He died from his injuries after being transferred from Kaweah Delta Medical Center to Fresno Regional Medical Center. How To Handle A Break Down on The Road The above tragic story is another example of someone being severely injured because their vehicle broke down. Break downs can happen at any time to any vehicle — even a newly purchased vehicle. Knowing how to handle a break down on the road can protect you and your passengers from harm.

Is It More Dangerous To Ride A Motorcycle Now Than In Previous Years?

According to a press release by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the rate of fatalities from motorcycle crashes increased by 10 percent in 2015. Approximately 450 more motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents during 2015 than 2014. The preliminary data indicates that 5,010 riders lost their lives last year in traffic accidents. Jonathan Adkins, GHSA Executive Director, responded to the findings by stating, “State and national data illustrate that motorcyclists are far more likely to be injured or killed in a crash than motor vehicle occupants. GHSA and its members will continue to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based motorcycle safety countermeasures to improve rider safety and, ultimately, save lives.” Wearing a motorcycle helmet can greatly reduce the risk of head trauma and death in a motorcycle crash. The GHSA recommends that all states enact a universal helmet law as this would likely result in the largest reduction in motorcycle accident fatalities. California is one of the 19 states that currently require all motorcyclists to wear helmets.

What Is The Insurance Company Keeping From You?

Have you been injured in an accident? Is the insurance adjuster for the other party acting as if he is your best friend? Is he telling you to “trust him” and he will take care of everything? If so, there are some things you need to know about insurance companies. Insurance adjusters will tell you many things; however, below are five things that the insurance adjuster will probably NOT tell you. You Need To Hire An Attorney If you do not hire a Fresno personal injury attorney, you don’t have anyone on your side who has your best interest as his top priority. You may also not know your legal rights if you do not consult an attorney. The insurance company for the other party would prefer to work directly with you to settle the claim because it knows that in most cases, accident victims who are represented by an attorney receives a higher settlement amount compared to accident victims who represent themselves.

Charter Bus Crash Claims Five Lives

USA Today reported that a charter bus crashed just north of Fresno, CA between Atwater and Livingston killing five people and sending several others to the hospital. According to the report, the crash occurred in California’s Central Valley on Tuesday morning around 3:30 on Highway 99. The bus swerved and collided with the pole of a highway sign. The pole sliced through the bus until it reached a rear axle. The catastrophic accident resulted in some passengers being thrown from the bus while other passengers suffered severed limbs.