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MERCED: Lawrence Verdin Jr Killed In Car Accident After Hitting Concrete Pillar On Highway 99

Jan 4, 2019

Lawrence Verdin Merced: Lawrence Verdin Jr Died In Car Accident After Hitting Concrete Pillar On Highway 99

MERCED, CALIFORNIA (January 3, 2018) – A 43-year-old man identified as Lawrence Verdin Jr has tragically died after he was involved in a car accident on Highway 99, according to the Merced County Coroner’s Office.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the victim hit a concrete pillar that is on the outskirts of Merced. For reasons that remain under investigation, the Ford Fiesta that Lawrence Verdin was driving veered off the roadway before coming into contact with the pillar. 

It does not appear as though any other vehicles were involved in the accident. The Ford Fiesta he was in caught fire after the accident. First responders attempted to pull him out, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene. 

Liability In Car Accidents Involving Fix Rigid Objects

An estimated 35,000 people die every year in car accidents in the United States. It has been estimated that driver liability accounts for 94% of those accidents. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that road design can play a large role in accidents as well. Cities like Merced have a responsibility to design and maintain roads that are reasonably safe to use. Part of constructing safe roads on the highway means installing protective barriers to prevent cars from hitting fixed rigid objects like pillars. 

Crash cushions, guardrails and center dividers are supposed to steer errant vehicles from fixed objects. When a city fails to install safety barriers to protect motorists they could face civil liability in the event of an accident. The family of a victim that died may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim based on  California (Gov. Code, § 835). It’s important to seek the legal guidance of an experienced car accident attorney following a crash. An attorney can evaluate the specific facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Lawrence Verdin Jr as they grieve such an incredible loss. It is our sincere hope that Merced city officials will investigate this accident location thoroughly in order to determine what went wrong. There should be safety measures put in place to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Water filled crash cushions (or any number of other design solutions) may have prevented this from happening. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed after colliding with a concrete pillar you may have legal recourse. There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to assist you with whatever you need. We are committed to getting our clients justice and making sure they are well taken care of. Whether you need a free investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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