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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (February 23, 2024) – Eight people have tragically died in a Madera head-on collision between a van carrying farmworkers and a pickup truck on Avenue 7.

bus accident attorney lawyerMadera County officials are saying that the collision took place around 6:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24. A pickup truck was heading down Avenue 7 when it crossed into opposing lanes of traffic.

The truck collided with a van carrying farmworkers headed to Lion Farms. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims.

In all, 7 people in the van lost their lives in the crash. Three of the victims were residents of Mexico and were identified as Juvenal Talavera, 24, Hector Orozco, 34, and Alfredo Sanchez.

One person in the van survived the crash with major injuries. All the passengers in the van lived in Kerman. Officers said that one person in the pickup truck also died.

The California Highway Patrol told reporters that they received calls about a pickup truck swerving all over the road before the crash. It remains unclear if drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Madera Head-On Car Accidents

Driver intoxication remains one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “In 2020, 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers, accounting for 30% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. This was a 14.3% increase compared to the number of crash deaths involving alcohol-impaired drivers in 2019.” There are a number of other common causes of vehicle collisions.

  • Many car accidents involve drivers who were distracted or simply not paying enough attention to the road ahead of them.
  • Drivers are much more likely to lose control when they are speeding.
  • Poor road conditions, including the presence of potholes, can also lead to accidents.

Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of accidents that people can be involved in. They account for only around 2% of all collisions but over 10% of all fatal car accidents. If a driver crosses into opposing lanes of traffic, they will typically be held at fault in the event of a crash. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21651(b), it is unlawful to drive any vehicle upon a highway, except to the right of an intermittent barrier.

If a worker is injured on the job, their family will typically have recourse through worker’s compensation. In California, worker’s compensation operates through a no-fault insurance scheme. There is no need for an injured worker or their family to demonstrate that one party was at fault in order to receive benefits. The family of a deceased worker may also have recourse through a third-party liability claim.

A third-party liability claim may be possible if an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to the crash. This could include the owner or operator of a truck. If a pickup truck was being used for commercial purposes, that company could potentially be liable. In general, employers are liable for the wrongful acts of their employees, insofar as those employees were working within the course of their job duties. It is important that certain steps be taken after any fatal accident.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • The police report for the crash should be reviewed.
  • An experienced personal injury attorney should be contacted.

The vast majority of car accidents are preventable. They often involve at least some amount of driver error. It is important that accident victims understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in a car accident may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A personal injury attorney can examine the unique facts of your case free of charge and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Madera Head-On Car Accidents

Attorney SamerWe at Samer Habbas & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the families of Juvenal Talavera, Hector Orozco, Alfredo Sanchez, and all of the workers of Lion Farms who lost their lives. This was a preventable tragedy that should have never taken place. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victims and their families.

Do you need more information about a Madera head-on collision? Our team of personal injury attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims and their families get the justice and support that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after a collision, we are here to serve your needs. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 727-9300.

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