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UPDATE: Federico Lopez Torres Injured, Juan Silva Casares Killed In San Luis Obispo Car Accident On Highway 46 at the Cholame “Y”


Aug 8, 2019

Federico Torres San Luis Obispo: Federico Lopez Torres Injured, Juan Silva Casares Killed In San Luis Obispo Car Accident On Highway 46 at the Cholame “Y”

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA (August 8, 2019) – One person identified as Juan Silva Casares was killed and several victims including Federico Lopez Torres were injured in a head-on car accident on Highway 46.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place shortly after 10:00 p.m. It all started when the driver of a 2015 Honda Odyssey was attempting to make a left onto Highway 41. 

A Ford Pickup truck carrying Federico Lopez Torres and Juan Silva Casares were headed in the opposite direction when the two vehicles collided. Juan Silva Casares later died following the car accident. 

Federico Lopez Torres and several other vehicles sustained major injuries. They were transported to the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

An investigation into the cause of the car accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Head-On Collisions

According to to ASIRT, “Nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled. More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.” Head-on crashes in particular are among the most dangerous types of crashes that a person can be involved in. Many accidents happen as drivers make dangerous left turns. 

Drivers that are attempting to make a left turn must first yield the right of way to any vehicle or pedestrian that is close enough to pose a hazard. According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement.”

The family of any victim that died in an accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important that victims also get medical treatment as quickly as possible. Failing to seek medical care could possibly jeopardize your ability to file a claim down the line. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are. 

Investigating A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Juan Silva Casares as they are grieving such an incredible loss. It is our sincere hope that Federico Lopez Torres and all of the other victims are able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a car accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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