Fatal Accident on Highway 156 Illustrates Serious Safety Problems with Big Rigs on Roadway

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Attorney from The Mitchell Law Firm shares insight about major risks to passenger vehicles and importance of accident victims protecting legal rights

Although the cause of the accident is officially still under investigation, if television news reports involving interviews of on-scene CHP officers are accurate, this accident was likely caused by the inattention of the big-rig operator

The recent tragic accident on Highway 156 in Prunedale, which left two people dead, is another tragic example of the serious safety risks when commercial trucks and passenger vehicles share the same dangerous roadway, according to Tab Mitchell, a highly regarded attorney who has provided counsel to clients involved in similar accidents.

Two people - a 4 year-old Gilroy boy and 48 year-old Salinas woman - were killed in separate cars during a tragic accident that occurred on November 5th. The accident happened about 2:30p.m. on Highway 156, west of Meridian Road, when a big-rig traveling west slammed into the rear of Maria Almanza-Romero's red Honda Accord as she was stopped to make a left turn into a driveway.

The big-rig, driven by Ron Williams of Hollister, hit the Honda, spinning it around and pushing it across the eastbound lane. The big-rig then struck a Gilroy woman's Chrysler Sebring - carrying 4 year-old Alex Navarro - and pushed it off the road. Almanza-Romero and Navarro were taken to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, where they were pronounced dead.

"Although the cause of the accident is officially still under investigation, if television news reports involving interviews of on-scene CHP officers are accurate, this accident was likely caused by the inattention of the big-rig operator," said Mitchell, a well-respected personal injury attorney with offices in San Jose, Gilroy, Hollister and Salinas. "These victims were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and likely died due to a completely senseless, preventable tragedy. This is a chilling reminder that, with the average commercial big-rig weighing 30,000 pounds empty and up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, absolutely no one stands a chance in a conventional passenger automobile or pick-up when going up against a negligent big-rig operator."

The two-lane Highway 156, which connects Highways 1 and 101, has been the site of many fatal auto accidents throughout the years, causing area residents to raise concerns about traffic safety and volume.

The Mitchell Law Firm is a plaintiff's personal injury firm exclusively, and is comprised of Tab Mitchell, and his attorney associates together with their dedicated and friendly paralegals and support staff. Offering personalized and professional legal counsel, the firm aggressively represents personal injury claims throughout Northern California. For more information, please call 831.636.6100 or go to http://www.accidentattorneyassociates.com.

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