JOSE BARRAZA-SOTO KILLED IN LAKE FOREST CRASH

At approximately 2:20 am on Saturday, October 1, 2016, a traumatic collision at the intersection of Alton Parkway and Towne Center Drive causing one fatality.   According to reports, a Hyundai collided with a Ford Truck causing serious injuries.  Unfortunately, Jose Barraza-Soto, 40 of Santa Ana, pronounced dead at the scene.  Others involved in the collision also sustained injuries and were transported to an area hospital.  Authorities are investigating if alcohol or drugs played a role in the collision.  Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and families 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.

If the accident was caused by driving under the influence of alcohol or dugs, 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, LLP has successfully navigated the web of evidence with law enforcement, fire departments and hospitals to get answers as quickly as possible.  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 often get funeral expenses covered right away and immediately bring a civil action against those responsible.

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

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