Shortly before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 49-year-old Thang Quoc Dang, 48-year-old Thuy Trang Dang, and 54-year-old Thi Nguyen were killed and 38-year-old old Liwei Xu was injured in a crash involving two semi trucks near Chowchilla. The accident was triggered when a semi turned left from Highway 152 onto Road 16 and collided with another semi hauling bales of cotton, the impact causing it to overturn and spill its load, blocking part of the highway. When Xu attempted to avoid the collision, he swerved into opposing lanes of traffic and crashed head-on with a Honda Accord, killing the occupants. Xu suffered moderate trauma and was transported to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“When vehicle occupants are seriously or fatally harmed in an accident, the negligent driver may be held liable for the expense of their recoveries or of their families’ losses through the personal injury or wrongful death claims process,” explained California truck accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Chowchilla accounted for none of the 21 fatalities and 21 of the 872 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Madera County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Large trucks were involved in 3 of the fatal and 38 of the injury collisions that occurred in the county that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Thang Quoc Dang, Thuy Trang Dang, and Thi Nguyen. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Liwei Xu.
MercuryNews.com originally reported this fatal Chowchilla crash.
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