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Fresno Area DUI Collision Proves Fatal


One person was killed in a Fresno area car accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Fresno Bee, the fatal DUI collision occurred the night of January 2, 2011 on Highway 198 near Visalia. California Highway Patrol officials say the 19-year-old driver, Joel Mark Mathy was eastbound in a 1991 Oldsmobile when he drifted off the road and overcorrected. The car then hit a tree and the passenger, a 45-year-old man, was killed. Mathy sustained major injuries as well, but was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this deceased car accident victim. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.

DUI Statistics

According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one fatality and 57 injuries were reported due to DUI collisions in Visalia. In Tulare County as a whole, 21 people died and 214 were injured in alcohol-related car accidents during the same year.

California Drunk Driving Laws

Driving under the influence is a serious crime under California law. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges. California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a) states: “Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle, where the driving was in violation of Section 23140, 23152, or 23153 of the Vehicle Code, and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence.”

Victims’ Claim for Compensation

Families of deceased drunk driving accident victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed Fresno personal injury lawyer, who has the experience and a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk and negligent drivers. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving web site at

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Call your best friends in the legal industry after a fatal Visalia car accident. Call 800-481-8656. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.

Call a Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Fresno wrongful death lawyer for a free professional evaluation of your rights by attorneys who have been representing families of deceased accident victims since 1978. You will experience award winning representation and outstanding personal service by a compassionate and understanding law firm in a comfortable environment.

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