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Fiery Fresno County accident caused by big rig slamming into vehicle on side of road

Posted: June 15, 2022

FRESNO COUNTY (June 15, 2022) – A Fresno County accident caused a huge fiery wreck on the side of the road when a big rig collided with a sedan that was pulled over for a flat tire.

ABC 30 News reports that a woman had pulled over and stepped out of her car to examine a flat tire. Just moments later, a big rig slammed into the vehicle, pushing it almost 700 feet, before it burst into flames. The truck also became engulfed in fire as a result.

The accident occurred on June 9 around 11 p.m. on the northbound side of Highway 99 near Merced Street.

Despite the spectacular wreckage, no one was hurt in the accident.

The accident caused a closure of all lanes for several hours.

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. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

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 that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. 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 well wishes to both the woman whose car was destroyed and the truck driver 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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