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CHP Closes a Stretch of US-101 After Fatal, Fiery Head-on Collision

Ventura, CA – US-101 came to a standstill following a head-on collision involving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and a semi-truck just before 3 AM, January 5, 2024, according to the CHP.

A report of the sound of a crash coming from the highway near Dos Pueblos Canyon Road alerted the CHP, who dispatched a vehicle to investigate. When they arrived on the scene, officers found oil and debris strewn across the southbound lanes, the semi-truck overturned, and the Toyota fully engulfed in flame in the center divide. 

Additional reporting from KSBY revealed that the driver of the semi was offered transport to the hospital but refused. His injuries were minor. The driver of the Toyota was declared dead at the scene.

Authorities initiated road closure efforts to clear the vehicles and debris, but some civilians attempted to maneuver around the safety cones and continue driving down the dangerous roadway.

The investigation is ongoing, and the parties involved have not been identified. There has been no indication of whether or not intoxication played a factor in the crash. 


Wrongful Death

A wrongful death claim is a legal action initiated by surviving family members or the estate’s representative when a loved one’s death results from another party’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing. This legal recourse helps grieving families by providing a pathway to seek compensation for damages, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income, and the emotional toll of the loss, offering financial support during a challenging time.

Seeking compensation for an injury after a collision with a large truck can be different than a normal collision. The semi-truck driver will carry a personal car insurance policy. This may be the only insurance in play, but if that driver works for a local company or farm, those businesses may also be called upon to contribute insurance coverage. These cases can quickly ramp up in complexity, but a local personal injury lawyer will have experience with these cases. Through investigation and research, your lawyer can determine every party who should be providing support to you as you heal.

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