Man dies in fiery Chevy Malibu after accident in Merced County

Posted: June 28, 2022

MERCED COUNTY, CA (June 28, 2022) – A man was killed in a Merced County accident after being pinned inside a Chevy Malibu that had caught fire in a collision.

ABC 30 News reports that the California Highway Patrol is investigating an accident that occurred Tuesday around 8:30 a.m. The collision took place on Vincent Road near Harding Road. It involved an Infinity SUV carrying two people and a Chevy Malibu with four passengers, including the decedent and three teenage girls.

CHP officers say the Infinity swerved to the right shoulder, then back to the left when it collided with the Chevy Malibu. The crash caused the Chevy to catch fire, although officers were able to put out the flames.

Unfortunately, the male driver became pinned inside the car and died on the scene.

One woman and four teenagers were airlifted to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The victim’s name has been withheld and the identities and conditions of the other passengers and motorists are currently unknown. We will update this Merced County accident with more information as it becomes available.

Liability In Merced 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 Merced Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who was tragically killed in this accident. 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 Merced 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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