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UPDATE: Refugio Salas Olague, Maria Pelayo Killed In Hanford Truck Accident On Highway 43 Near Idaho Avenue


Jul 3, 2019

Refugio Olague Corcoran, Maria Pelayo Hanford: Refugio Salas Olague, Maria Pelayo From Corcoran Killed In Hanford Truck Accident On Highway 43 Near Idaho Avenue

HANFORD, CALIFORNIA (July 3, 2019) – Two people in a Chevrolet SUV identified as Refugio Salas Olague and Maria Pelayo have tragically died after a semi-truck accident on Highway 43.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the semi-truck accident occurred near Hanford and Idaho Avenue  In Kings County. The semi-truck turned in front of a Chevy SUV carrying Refugio Salas Olague and Maria Pelayo. 

The Chevy was not able to stop in time and hit the semi-truck. An 80-year-old passenger in the car sustained critical injuries and had to be taken to the hospital. 

Tragically, Refugio Salas Olague and Maria Pelayo both died following the truck accident. It remains unclear if the driver of the semi-truck will be cited following the accident. 

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

Why Truck Turns Are So Dangerous

Nearly 5,000 people are killed every year in truck accidents. Speeding and turns make up a disproportionate number of these collisions. Trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs and hitting them can be like hitting a brick wall. If a truck is turning into the path of another vehicle there is the real possibility that it will go into the under-ride. This can cause the top of the vehicle to be sheared off and leave drivers or passengers critically injured. There are a number of potential causes of truck accidents:

  • Blind spots: Truck drivers have to deal with enormous blind spots which can obscure other cars and pedestrians.
  • Fatigue: Truck drivers are more likely to get into accidents towards the end of their routes when they are tired. 
  • Road design: Truck accidents are more likely to occur at intersections with obscured lines of sight. 

It’s important that truck drivers receive adequate training so that they can make turns safely. Victims of truck accidents that survive are often left with serious and lasting injuries. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for an accident. 

Liability In Truck Accidents

Truck drivers may have face civil liability for an accident if they were negligent. According to one law dictionary, negligence is the “failure to exercise the care toward others which a reasonable or prudent person would do in the circumstances, or taking action which such a reasonable person would not.” This may happen if a truck driver made a dangerous turn. Generally speaking, truck drivers must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic before making a turn. 

Truck drivers that turn into the paths of other vehicles may be held liable. A city could also potentially face civil liability following an accident. According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition, that the dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the kind of injury which was incurred.” For example, an intersection may lack adequate signs to prevent accidents. 

The family of any person that died in a truck accident may be able to hold the negligent truck driver accountable through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. An investigation can help  reveal if a truck driver violated any traffic laws prior to an accident. A wrongful death attorney examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the families of Refugio Salas Olague and Maria Pelayo. The CHP need to conduct a thorough investigation into what happened. It is our sincere hope that city officials will consider safety measures that can make this intersection safer. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Hanford CHP at (559) 582-0231.

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a truck 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 get the answers that they deserve. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into your case or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

Refugio Salas Olague, Maria Pelayo  Killed Hanford Truck Accident

UPDATE: Refugio Salas Olague, Maria Pelayo Killed In Hanford Truck Accident On Highway 43 Near Idaho Avenue

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