66-year-old woman killed in mysterious crash in Fresno County

Posted: June 16, 2022

FRESNO COUNTY, CA (June 16, 2022) – A 66-year-old Clovis woman died in an accident in Fresno County. The woman’s family members found the crash scene almost 24 hours after reporting her missing.

ABC 30 News reports that the California Highway Patrol says that the woman crashed on Auberry Road near Jose Basin Road. Officers say they don’t know when the crash happened, whether there were other vehicles involved, or what caused the accident.

The woman’s vehicle went over an embankment as she headed westbound on Auberry Road.

The details surrounding the accident remain unknown and officers are investigating the scene.

Investigators are currently withholding the victim’s name at the time of this writing.

Liability In Fresno County Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Be sure to follow these steps immediately after a car accident:

  • Take plenty of photos of the accident site
  • Seek out surveillance videos when available
  • Document and preserve all medical records
  • Interview any available eyewitnesses
  • Make sure to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential to preserve evidence of an accident after the fact. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Fresno County Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the decedent in this case. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Fresno County car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.

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