Fresno County, CA (July 17, 2018) – Local news sources reported that an accident involving three semi-trucks took place on the northbound lanes of the Interstate 5 Freeway near Shields Avenue. The incident happened at approximately 5:00 AM in the early morning on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. As of today, authorities have identified one driver as 25-year old Arvin resident Luis Mendez Jr, who tragically died in the fatal accident on Tuesday. Authorities have not released any detailed information concerning the identities of Mendez’s female passenger or the other two truck operators at this time.
According to a report from the California Highway Patrol, a 1998 Freightliner and a 2011 International truck had decreased speed and stopped with backed up traffic on Interstate 5. Without warning, a Peterbilt truck operated by Mendez did not stop in time and, for indeterminate reasons, it slammed into the two stalled trucks. As part of a chain reaction, the Peterbilt crashed into the rear of the Freightliner, which ultimately plowed into the International.
CHP confirmed Mendez and his female passenger were killed as a result of the impact.
At this time, officials have not specified if the other two drivers and any additional passengers had been injured.
As of now, the investigation is ongoing.
We extend our deepest condolences and most heartfelt prayers to the family and friends of Luis Mendez Jr. and his female passenger during this difficult and tragic time.
Fresno County Wrongful Death Lawyer
As part of the ongoing investigation, officials will look into a variety of potential causes for the fatal truck collision on Interstate 5. In light of the situation, forensic teams will evaluate photos of the crash site and inspect the Peterbilt truck for mechanical issues and system failure. Officials may also consider DUI, negligence, distraction, or recklessness as possible factors that contributed to the events leading up to the accident.
Given the circumstances, the family members of the deceased victims can pursue wrongful death lawsuits. By seeking legal assistance, these individuals will receive compensation for the tragic loss of a loved one, funeral expenses, and additional, unnecessary costs.
We at Brady Law Group will work with you to ensure your rights and give you the peace of mind needed to focus on your recovery.
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Note: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified by our own writing staff. If you have identified any false information in the story, please inform us immediately, and we will adjust the posting to reflect the most accurate content available.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Brady Law Group strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that, through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident.