Mario Coria Gonzalez Killed in Santa Maria Crash, Left Turning Driver Arrested for DUI

Mario Coria Gonzalez, 22 from Santa Maria, was tragically killed while driving his motorcycle on Sunday, July 17, 2016 on Santa Maria Way, East of Hillview Road.  At approximately, 8:20 pm Mr. Gonzalez was riding his motorcycle when another driver turned left in front of Mr. Gonzalez, causing a collision, ejecting him from his motorcycle and ultimately resulting in his depth.  The other driver, who sustained minor injuries, was identified as Garrett Alford of Orcutt, CA and was arrested by the California Highway Patrol for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).

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 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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