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Accident Fatality Reported in Crash on Cap City Freeway

Capital City Freeway Accident Kills Sacramento Woman

An accident fatality was reported in Sacramento on August 15 when a vehicle left the freeway for unknown reasons and crashed. The single-vehicle collision was reported about 11:30 p.m. off the Capital City Freeway at the off-ramp for Exposition Boulevard. When officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrived at the scene, they discovered that the vehicle of a driver in a 2013 Hyundai heading north on the freeway had exited the road and crashed. 

Sacramento Resident Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

The driver was ejected from the vehicle and died as a result of her injuries. The female driver was pronounced dead by Sacramento Fire Department medics. Although the area was searched by the officers, no other occupants of the vehicle were found. The deceased woman was identified as a Sacramento resident, age 28.

Details of the Freeway Accident

According to the police report, the vehicle passed up the embankment by the side of the road, rolled over twice, passed through a fence and several trees, and hit a power pole. The power pole was located in a field bordered by train tracks and a high berm. The driver was ejected from the vehicle through the driver’s side window, and her body was found in the same location as the car. She was not wearing seat restraints at the time the fatal accident occurred.

Information About the Accident Fatality Sought 

Officials with the CHP said it appeared as though speeding may have contributed to the accident fatality due to the physical evidence and damage. Whether drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident is unknown at this point. Anyone with information into the fatal crash is asked to phone Officer Howard at the CHP South Sacramento Office at (916) 897-5600. 

Causes of a Single-Vehicle Accident Fatality

A single-vehicle accident fatality can occur for many reasons, including driver error such as speeding, distracted driving, and others. However, other outside influences can also lead to an accident fatality that includes:

  • Roadway problems: When a government entity is negligent about the upkeep of a roadway or the design of the road is defective, it can lead to an accident fatality. Potholes, poor lighting, inadequate signage, and others can also cause this type of solo-vehicle accident. When the government entity is found to be negligent, the family of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim to recover damages.
  • A hit-and-run or aggressive driver: In some single-vehicle accidents, it initially appears as though no other drivers were involved. However, the collection of evidence following an accident fatality may show that another vehicle caused the collision and fled or forced the crashed car off the roadway. 
  • Defective parts: A defective auto part can lead to an accident fatality when the driver loses control. Defective parts may range from engine failure to problems with the brakes, accelerator, or steering. This is why any vehicle that’s been involved in a collision should be retained, so it can be examined by engineers to look for defects. If it turns out a defective part was the cause of the accident fatality, the manufacturer and others in the production line may be held liable through an auto product liability lawsuit.

Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. A single-vehicle accident fatality isn’t always due to driver error. If your loved one died in an accident, you are welcome to phone us for our compassionate, free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 about the possibility of filing a wrongful death claim. You can also reach us online.

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