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Carlos LemosChamo Injured in Fatal 2-Car Crash on Highway 145 in Madera Ranchos

Carlos LemosChamo ID’d as Passenger Injured in Fiery Madera Ranchos Car Crash on Highway 145 near Road 38

Madera Ranchos, California (March 1, 2020) – Two people were killed and three others were injured in a head-on car crash on Saturday morning in Madera Ranchos, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at about 2:40 a.m. Saturday, February 29 on Highway 145 east of Road 38.

The police said a westbound 2015 Chrysler was attempting to pass another vehicle when it drifted into the eastbound lane and hit a 2003 Honda Accord head-on. 

Following the collision, the Chrysler crashed through a barbed-wire fence off the north shoulder of the highway and overturned before it came to a stop in a cattle pasture, where it burst into flames. The Honda Spun and stopped blocking the eastbound lane partially.

The driver of the Honda, a 37-year-old woman from Madera, and  the driver of  the Chrysler, a 29-year-old man from Hollister, both died at the scene.

Carlos LemosChamo, 24, of Merced, who was a passenger in the Chrysler, sustained significant injuries and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Two passengers in the Honda were also hospitalized at the Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries.

It is undetermined if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Highway 145 was closed for about four hours after the crash.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the Madera area CHP office at 559-675-1025.

According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary so as clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Car accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.

What to Do At the Accident Scene

Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  2. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  3. Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
  4. If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle's hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
  5. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  6. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  7. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  8. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  6. Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.
Alpine Law Group Sends strength and condolences to the accident victims and their families

Alpine Law Group sends strength and condolences to the accident victims and their families. Our firm stands ready to help those affected by tragedy obtain the justice they deserve. We can also help you obtain a copy of the police report free of charge. Call us 24/7 at 800-984-4123 to be directly connected with an attorney for a no-obligation consultation. There are no up-front fees and you pay us nothing if we don't win. You may also contact us via text message and online chat 24/7. We look forward to speaking with you.

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