A 50-year-old Fremont woman was killed in a Fresno car accident after another driver made an unsafe lane change and triggered a chain-reaction crash. According to a news report in The Fresno Bee, 22-year-old Mary Dagle was driving a 2004 Dodge north on the 5 Freeway near South Lassen Avenue in Huron, the evening of May 7, 2010, when she made an unsafe lane change right into the path of 25-year-old Victoria Alexander who was driving a 1997 BMW.
Alexander swerved to the right to avoid Dagle’s Dodge, but lost control of her car and hit the back of Dagle’s car. Dagle then veered left and crossed the center median into the path of an unidentified Fremont woman, who was going south on the freeway in a 2010 Nissan. The vehicles crashed causing the woman to be ejected from the Nissan. Dagle and Alexander sustained minor injuries, but the Fremont woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased car accident victim for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Fresno Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 traffic accident statistics, there were no fatalities, but five injuries involving car accidents in Huron, California. In Fresno County as a whole, car accidents claimed 127 lives and injured 3,233 people during the same year.
The Law Relating to Lane Changes
Based on this news report, it appears that an unsafe lane change made by Mary Dagle set off this unfortunate chain of events. I trust CHP officials are looking into whether Dagle was distracted, inattentive, reckless or otherwise negligent at the time of the incident. California Vehicle Code section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”
Claim for Compensation
In this particular case, if Dagle is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the woman’s wrongful death and for the injuries caused to Victoria Alexander. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation to cover funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. An experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options in such cases.
Have you ever been a victim of a car accident where people make unsafe lane changes? What do you think is the most common reason why people make unsafe lane changes?
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