Friday, December 11, 2009

1 Killed, 2 Injured in Highway 180 Collision

A 23-year-old driver was killed and two more people were injured in a fatal car accident in Highway 180 west of Fresno.

According to CHP, the 23-year-old man, whose identity is withheld pending notification of his family, was heading eastbound in a 1998 Chrysler Sebring when he crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a 2001 Chevrolet pickup.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Jose Gutierrez, 26, and his passenger, Jorge Vasquez, 21, each sustained major injuries and were taken to Community Regional Medical Center
CHP suspects that alcohol was involved in the accident.

Gutierrez and Vasquez should file a personal injury claim against the unidentified Chrysler driver despite his death.

Unlike criminal charges, civil liability lawsuits do not die with the victim.

The insurance company of the unidentified driver can pay for the damages caused by their client up to the limit of his car accident insurance policy.

Gutierrez and Vasquez should make sure that they consult with a car accident lawyer as the insurance company they will surely employ their own lawyers and insurance adjusters to find ways to deny their claim.

It is better to have your own attorney watching your back to increase the chance of success.