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FRESNO: Ram Bhatia Died In DUI Car Accident Near Friant Road and Copper River Road


Feb 24, 2019

Ram Bhatia Fresno: 70-Year-Old Man Identified as Ram Bhatia Died In Car Accident Near Friant Road and Copper River Road 

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (February 24, 2019) – A 70-year-old man identified as Ram Bhatia was out on his nightly walk when he was struck and killed by the driver of a black BMW. 

Fresno police officers are saying the the victim was walking near Friant Road and Copper River Road around 6:24 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation, the 25-year-old BMW driver hit the victim after running a red light. 

A man called in to the police department saying that his BMW had been stolen from an Applebees. But when they police looked into the call records, they discovered that the call was made 17 miles away from Applebees.

The driver of the BMW told police he hit an object in the roadway, but his female passenger told police they knew they hit a person.

The BMW driver has since been arrested and charged with DUI. Despite life-saving efforts, Ram Bhatia later died due to his injuries. This is the third time in recent years that a car accident has resulted in a fatality at this particular intersection. 

Liability In DUI Car Accidents

Driver’s have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and take steps to avoid accidents. Moreover, driver’s should abstain from drinking alcohol or taking any substance that could impair their ability to drive safely. According to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.”

What many people don’t realize is that they can be arrested and charged with DUI even if they only had a legally prescribed medication in their system. Drivers have a responsibility to check with their doctors to make sure that their prescriptions won’t impede their ability to operate a motor vehicle. If a drunk driver does cause an accident they should remain at the scene and try to get aid to the victim. Leaving the scene of a car accident that causes great bodily injury or death is a felony offense. 

The family of any person that dies due to the negligence of a drunk driver may be able to seek justice under California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Negligent drivers will be responsible for financial damages to the victim’s family including lost wages, funeral costs and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can advocate on your behalf and hold a criminal DUI driver accountable for their actions. There are statute of limitations associated with being able to file a claim, so it’s important to act quickly. 

Getting Help After A DUI Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Ram Bhatia. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. It is deeply unfortunate that so many people think that they can brazenly break the law and then get away with it. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Fresno police department for the sake of the victim’s family. 

Have you or someone that you love been involved in a car accident due to the negligence of a drunk driver. You may have recourse under the law. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply about making sure that our clients get justice after an accident. Whether you have questions about your rights or need advice about what to do after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.

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