Karen Ward ID’d as Woman Killed in Fresno Truck Accident at Fowler Avenue and American Avenue
Fresno, California (March 6, 2020) – The woman who died in a traffic accident that happened Thursday morning at an intersection in Fresno has been identified as Karen Ward, 61, of Fresno.
The deadly accident took place at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5 at the intersection of Fowler Avenue and American Avenue.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Douglas Ward, 71, of Fresno, was driving a white Ford Fusion southbound on Fowler Avenue when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection and collided with a tractor-trailer that was being driven westbound on American Avenue by Justo Cantu Jr., 45, of Del Rey.
Karen Ward, who was riding as a passenger in the Fusion, died at the scene. Her husband, Douglas Ward, was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with major injuries.
Cantu was uninjured in the crash. He stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
Alcohol or drugs were not considered a factor in the accident. The CHP is investigating the cause of the accident.
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.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- 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.