Atwater Auto Accident Fatality

Atwater Auto Accident Fatality

An Atwater auto accident fatality occurred on the morning of January 10 in the area of Palm Avenue and Shaffer Road. A 19-year-old Merced man was driving his 2007 GMC Yukon northbound along Shaffer Road when he veered his vehicle into the oncoming traffic lane to overtake a Jeep Grand Cherokee. While doing so, the man’s GMC collided head-on with a southbound Toyota Camry. Medical personnel responding to the scene transported three occupants in the GMC to a Modesto hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Sadly, the Toyota driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials have withheld the name of the decedent but identified him as a 65-year-old Livingston resident.

We would like to take this moment to extend our condolences to the friends and family of the decedent in their time of loss and sorrow.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions such as the one above occur less frequently than most other car wrecks. While these crashes comprise only 2 percent of all auto accidents, they account for nearly one-fifth of all traffic collision deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This type of car crash commonly occurs:

  • Along rural roads when a driver is overtaking another car or believes there is no other traffic and rides along the centerline
  • At intersections, when a driver miscalculates the speed at which another vehicle is traveling or when a driver runs a red light
  • Distracted driving, causing a driver to allow their car to veer into an opposing lane
  • During adverse weather conditions when it is difficult to see roadway signage
  • On highways, caused by a wrong-way motorist
  • When a motorist enters a one-way street the wrong way

Auto Accidents and Wrongful Death

Driving can be dangerous and can lead to an Atwater auto accident fatality. When driver error is attributable to a wrongful death car accident, the family of the deceased may pursue a wrongful death claim against the responsible party for damages incurred. While no amount of compensation can ever replace a loved one, a claim for wrongful death can help reduce financial worry over having hospital bills associated with a collision, funeral expenses, and other necessities covered. To learn which family members may be eligible to bring a wrongful death case, watch the following video.

Contacting a Law Firm

Any family who has suffered the loss of a loved one in an auto accident due to the fault of another driver or entity should not have to go through this difficult time alone. A bereaved family can seek assistance from an experienced Atwater wrongful death lawyer. An attorney can help handle all of the legal concerns of a family’s wrongful death claim so they can focus on grieving and healing after their loss.

Atwater Wrongful Death Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, an Atwater wrongful death attorney. A head-on collision can cause devastating consequences for all involved. If an accident caused by the negligence of someone else has claimed the life of your loved one, please call me anytime to receive my compassionate, free and friendly advice at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.

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