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Sandy Mendoza Fatally Struck in Highway 180 DUI Crash in Fresno County, Four Passengers Injured
Fresno County, CA (September 19, 2022) – Sandy Mendoza (20) was identified as the fatality in a suspected DUI crash on Highway 180 in Fresno County. According to The Fresno Bee, the crash occurred around 9:18 pm on Saturday.
A crash caused by a suspected DUI driver killed Sandy Mendoza and injured four other passengers on Highway 180 in Fresno County.
The California Highway Patrol reported a suspected DUI crash on Highway 41, East of Shasta Avenue in Madera County.
One driver died at the scene following the crash. The Fresno County Coroner’s office identified the driver as Sandy Mendoza of Mendota.
Mendoza had four passengers in her vehicle; two 21-year-olds, a 20-year-old, and a 14-year-old. All passengers sustained moderate to major injuries and were taken to the Community Regional Medical Center.
According to reports, another driver swerved into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with Mendoza’s vehicle.
The driver was later identified as Antonio Orosco. He sustained major injuries in the crash.
Authorities later arrested Orosco on suspicion of drug impairment and vehicular manslaughter.
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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 an accident, this can be defined by common law. Any Sacramento or Los Angeles car accident lawyer recognizes that fault has four basic levels:
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Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Fresno County
In this case, the family members of Sandy Mendoza 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 County, 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 Sandy Mendoza.
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