Semi-Truck Crash Killed Bicyclist Alfonso Chavez in Fresno
Fresno, CA (July 12, 2022) – Alfonso Chavez (33) of Sanger was identified as the fatality in a semi-truck crash in Fresno. According to Your Central Valley, the accident happened around 3:40 am on Monday.
Alfonso Chavez was riding his bike on Jensen and De Wolf Avenues in Fresno when a semi-truck hit him from behind.
The California Highway Patrol reported a crash involving a bicyclist and a semi-truck on Jensen and De Wolf Avenues in Fresno.
Responding officers then pronounced one victim dead at the scene of the crash. He was later identified as Alfonso Chavez of Fresno.
Authorities further reported that Chavez turned his bicycle to the left and ended up in front of the path of the semi-truck. Then, the semi-truck hit the rear end of the bicycle. Chavez got ejected from his bicycle.
Meanwhile, the semi-truck driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
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More About Bicycle Accident Liability
When it comes to a bicycle accident, all states follow “side-of-the-road” rules. These indicate that bicycles must run on the right-most side of the road or bike lanes. However, they only need to abide by these rules if they run slower than auto traffic. States can have variations of “side-of-the-road” rules, combining them with other laws to protect bicyclists. However, bicyclists can leave the side of the road or bike lane if:
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Bicyclists can still be at risk regardless of their location on the road. They can get into collisions with moving vehicles or even parked ones. In addition to these rules, motor vehicles also have the responsibility to maintain a safe distance from bicyclists. Some bicycle accidents can stem from not having enough distance between the vehicle and the bicycle. In short, bicycles have just as much right to run on the road as any motor vehicle. Liability can depend on various details surrounding the accident. Luckily, a good bicycle accident lawyer can help you sort these out. Learn more about bicycle accident lawyers in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Fresno
In this case, the family members of Alfonso Chavez can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
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Indeed, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, getting your rightful compensation is also important to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby and Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, wrongful death, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Fresno, and Sacramento. Consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like professional advice about your case, call us today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Alfonso Chavez.
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