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Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Law Firm Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Resulting from Fatal Highway 156 Accident

A Monterey County wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the Morgan Hill parents of four-year old Alex Navarro claims the negligence of a Hollister-based trucking company and CalTrans led to a fatal head-on collision that took the life of their child and another woman.

San Jose, CA – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Monterey County Superior Court (Case No. M111007) resulting from a fatal Highway 156 head-on collision in November of 2010 that claimed the life of four-year old Alex Navarro of Morgan Hill and another woman.

The lawsuit claims that Bhandal Brothers Trucking from Hollister and their driver, Ronn Williams, were responsible for their tractor-trailer truck slamming into the rear of a car waiting to make a turn into a driveway across State Highway Route 156 and pushing the vehicle over the double yellow lines, and directly into oncoming traffic. Cassandra Jones, mother of Alex Navarro, was driving in the opposite direction when she was hit head-on by that vehicle. Cassandra’s car was then involved in another violent collision with the out of control tractor trailer. Alex Navarro, as well as the left turning driver, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

In naming CalTrans as another responsible party for the death of Navarro, the lawsuit claims that the highway presented a dangerous condition and that Cal Trans had a responsibility to properly maintain the roadway. The lawsuit states that CalTrans should have provided for adequate shoulder space and maneuvering room given the absence of a barrier separating the east and west bound lanes of State Route 156.

“It has been known by CalTrans for well over a decade this road needed to be widened if they were going to allow motorists to make left turns across the highway and in fact modifications were proposed as far back as 1998″, said attorney Robert Allard. “Their inexplicable delay came at a cost of two lives.”

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