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Fresno Car Accident Kills One, Seriously Injures Two


Guadalupe Regalado, 21, was killed and two others sustained major injuries in a Fresno car accident after they were struck by a big rig on the Highway 99. According to a news report in the Fresno Bee, Regalado was a passenger in a car driven by 23-year-old Christine Naranjo early morning on January 10, 2010. California Highway Patrol officials say Naranjo was in the slow lane when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed two other lanes and crashed into the center divider. Then, her car was hit by 36-year-old Carlos Munoz after which they were struck yet again, this time by a tractor-trailer driven by 53-year-old Bryan Miller.

Regalado was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers in Naranjo’s car — 19-year-old Lelianna Apodaca and 18-year-old Crystal Andrade — sustained major injuries. Another passenger, Ariceli Regalado, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Munoz, his passenger and Miller were not injured.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Guadalupe Regalado for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. I also hope and pray the two seriously injured victims — Apodaca and Andrade — make a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep these victims and their families in your prayers.

Fresno Car Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 36 fatalities and 1,677 injuries involving car accidents in Fresno. In Fresno County as a whole, 141 people died and 3,783 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2007.

Causes and Liability Issues

This is no doubt an unfortunate accident. This fatal collision reminds us about the dangers of stalled vehicles on the freeway. In this case, there are still a few lingering questions. Were Munoz or the truck driver, Bryan Miller, traveling too fast at the time of the collision? Were they in a position to stop before striking Naranjo’s stalled vehicle? Was either one of these men driving recklessly or negligently? If that was the case, the negligent party could be held liable for the fatality and major injuries. If Miller is determined to have been at fault, both he and his employer, the trucking company, could be held liable.

Victims or their families in such serious accidents would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer to find out more about their legal rights and options. Families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death claim, while injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related expenses. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive claim evaluation to injured victims and their families.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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