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Celene Reducindo and Maria Hernandez Killed in Car Crash near Santa Margarita of San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County, CA (April 17, 2022) – Celene Reducindo (47) and Maria Hernandez (54) died after getting involved in a crash on Highway 101 near Santa Barbara Road in San Luis Obispo County. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the crash happened at around 8:00 pm on Saturday.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Reducindo and Hernandez rode as passengers in Berenice Cortez Pineda’s (47) vehicle along with two others. Then, Pineda pulled over near the Santa Barbara Road off-ramp around the highway’s shoulder. Felipe Gonzalez (21) then drove fast beyond the 65-mph speed limit, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. Gonzales swerved into the highway’s shoulder and hit Pineda’s car.
Celene Reducindo and Maria Hernandez died after a vehicle crashed into the car they were riding.
Both Reducindo and Hernandez died after the crash. Meanwhile, Pineda’s other two passengers Mia Peralta (3) and Ricardo Gonzalez (48) sustained severe injuries.
According to the CHP, authorities arrested Gonzalez after the crash. They also transported him to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton after he sustained minor injuries. At the moment, CHP believes that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
CHP reports state that they don’t know why Pineda pulled over into the highway’s shoulder. Pineda’s vehicle reportedly caught fire and emanated smoke. Also, three of the four passengers in Pineda’s vehicle didn’t wear their seatbelts. The lane where the crash happened was closed and later reopened at midnight.
Personal Injury Claims (Wrongful Death) in San Luis Obispo County
In this case, the family members of Celene Reducindo and Maria Hernandez can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition to that, negligence by a person or business can contribute to a crash, 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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Google Map of Car Accident on Highway 101 near Santa Margarita of San Luis Obispo County, CA
More About Car Accident Liability
Various circumstances of the car accident can pinpoint the liability of damages. In some instances, thorough investigations can reveal careless behavior. This can include the simple act of recklessly turning or cutting in front of another vehicle. In terms of determining who is at fault for a crash, this can be defined by common law. Any Sacramento or Los Angeles car accident lawyer recognizes that fault has four basic levels:
- Recklessness (wanton conduct)
- Intentional misconduct
- Strict liability
However, different state laws can have variations of applicable traffic laws. For example, in some states, multiple drivers can be liable for an accident. This is why thorough investigations are important after a car accident. Having a strong case showing the liability of the at-fault party can help guarantee your compensation. Likewise, a car crash attorney can also help you determine all your options, so you can fully recover from the accident. Learn more about car accident lawyers in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the above-mentioned parties. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Celene Reducindo and Maria Hernandez.
Certainly, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, it’s also important to get your rightful compensation to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can also help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby & 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. Likewise, consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like to get professional advice about your case, give us a call today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you.
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