On Monday, September 5, 2016 at approximately 5pm, a major collision occurred, causing fatalities and injuries on highway 166 near the San Louis Obispo and Santa Barbara County lines.  A red Toyota Camry was swerving between westbound and eastbound lanes when it slammed into a Chevrolet driven by Aaron Payne of Yucaipa.  A 7-year-old boy and his 4-year old sister were ejected from the Toyota and declared deceased at the scene.  Among the injured were also Hamon and Todeshia of Bakersfield and were taken to a local hospital.   According to the CHP, 36-year-old, Jerald B. Holman was arrested for felony DUI for causing the collision that sent a total of 5 people to the hospital and killing at least two minors. .  Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the victims and deceased

Any incident resulting in fatalities is a difficult time for families and friends of victims.  Often times, there is little, if any, information regarding the facts and circumstances of a catastrophic event.  It becomes frustrating for family and friends who need information.  When tragedy strikes, a compassionate and experienced attorney can help families navigate through times that are emotionally and physically trying.

Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP has the relationships with the law enforcement community, fire departments and hospitals to get the answers needed to get closure.  Our office can handle the insurance companies for you and give you the time needed to grieve.  Furthermore, Kalfayan Merjanian has the resources to find witnesses and obtain recorded interviews while facts are still fresh.  At Kalfayan Merjanian, we know that no amount of money can replace a friend or loved one.  But we also know that funeral costs, loss of earnings and loss of love and support also become a concern after a catastrophic event.  Our aggressive and effective approach to handling catastrophic injuries can get funeral expenses covered right away and begin the litigation process.

If the accident was caused by driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs, the driver can be liable for damages in excess of the general legal principles that govern tort recovery. California law provides for punitive-damages designed to punish wrongful behavior-when a wrongdoer demonstrates despicable conduct willful and conscious disregard for the safety of others.  Driving while intoxicated is evidence of conduct with no regard for the safety of others.   Experienced attorneys can investigate the facts of this case and bring an appropriate lawsuit seeking the recovery of damages. If the facts demonstrate despicable conduct in disregard for human life, a skilled attorney can also include punitive damages.   A successful case incorporating punitive damages can yield up to nine times the recovery of a case based on compensatory damages alone.

Kalfayan Merjanian has combined legal experience worth decades among its attorneys and support staff and has achieved aggregate recoveries in the billions of dollars across all of its practice areas.

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