A fiery weekend crash in rural Fresno County claimed one life and left one man with serious injuries. The accident occurred Saturday morning around 5:30 a.m. southeast of Fresno.
ABC30-TV reports the collision took place along South Clovis Avenue, south of Central Avenue on May 14, 2022. The California Highway Patrol found that a 22-year-old woman driving a Nissan Altima was traveling south when her vehicle collided head-on with a Toyota RAV4.
Both vehicles overturned and one caught fire. Tragically, the woman in the Nissan was pronounced dead on the scene.
The 32-year-old man at the wheel of the Toyota was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for what were described as major injuries.
The California Highway Patrol continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Fresno County Accident Dangers on Rural Roads
Rural roads through Fresno County often have little in the way of protective barriers to keep cars in opposite directions safe. A small mistake by any driver can send a vehicle into oncoming traffic to cause a devastating accident.
These dangerous head-on collisions carry the speed of both vehicles involved into an impact to increase the chances of a serious injury for drivers and passengers.
The California Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) tracks these frightening accidents each year across Central Valley. In 2021, they documented 3,537 collisions involving injury or a fatality in Fresno County. 130 people tragically lost their lives in those accidents. Only 208 of those collisions were reported as head-on impacts and yet 31 of Fresno’s reported fatalities for the year were the result of head-on accidents.
The heartbreaking consequences of these elevated fatal outcomes in head-on crashes should serve to remind every driver to never take their eyes from the road. The campaign to get drivers to realize the dangers of distraction and recklessness must continue.
A Word About Fresno County Accidents…
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, you should be aware of the benefits available to you and your family through an insurance claim.
Financial support should be expected to help with every hospital bill and the time victims miss away from their jobs. Families who have lost a loved one should also seek support with funeral costs and the lost income a family member can no longer provide.
You can read more about these cases on my page about traffic accident claims in Fresno County.