Accident Involving a Swaying Trailer Near Lodi Causes Fatality

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May 01, 2024
Edward Smith

Fatality Reported in Accident Involving a Swaying Trailer on Highway 12

An accident involving a swaying trailer happened near Lodi on April 28 along Highway 12. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported the collision as occurring around 8:15 p.m. near the Highway 12 intersection with Guard Road. A pickup hauling a trailer with a boat on it and driven by a man from Mountain View, 62, was going east. 

Accident Involving a Swaying Trailer Impacts Passing SUV

Another driver in an SUV from Isleton was going west when the trailer went into his lane. Although the SUV driver tried to avoid a collision, their side door struck the boat. This impact caused the SUV to strike metal posts and go into a vineyard. 

Fatality and Injuries Occur to Those in Accident Involving a Swaying Trailer

Attempts at CPR on the man in the SUV were unsuccessful. Also riding in the SUV were two females, who were injured, and two males, who were not. The driver of the pickup was unharmed. 

Detectives Investigating Cause of Collision

The CHP reported that the man from Isleton was not wearing a seat restraint in the accident involving a swaying trailer. However, a passenger reportedly took off the man’s seatbelt in order to perform CPR, according to the family. Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to factor into the cause of the crash. An investigation is underway by CHP traffic crash detectives. 

Why Your Family Might Want to File a Wrongful Death Claim

The sudden loss of a family member leaves them grappling not only with the finality but with a sense of unresolved grief and injustice. Filing a wrongful death claim can provide a pathway for families to seek closure and accountability and alleviate some of the emotional burden. In addition, it helps the family avoid the financial distress that often accompanies a sudden death.

Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Immediate family members, including spouses and children, can initiate a wrongful death lawsuit when a loved one dies due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence. Parents and siblings can also bring forward a claim if there are no surviving spouses or children. Additionally, the estate administrator holds the right to file. However, the law permits only one lawsuit for each case.

Damages That Are Recoverable in a Wrongful Death

Recoverable damages in a wrongful death claim include the cost of the funeral, burial or cremation and wages the decedent would have earned until they reached retirement age. The surviving spouse can recover compensation for their loss of affection, love and consortium. Children in the family can recover compensation for the loss of thair parent’s guidance and nurturing. 

The loss of household assistance is recoverable, which are areas where the deceased helped around the home. Examples include auto and lawn care, childcare, laundry, cooking, and many others. In some families, the loss of inheritance may be recoverable. Your injury lawyer can offer further explanations of recoverable damages in a wrongful death claim and will help you and protect your rights.

In the video below, attorney Ed Smith provides an explanation of what constitutes a wrongful death lawsuit:


Lodi Wrongful Death Lawyer

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