Accident on Dudley Boulevard Between Bicycle Rider and Motor Vehicle
A bicyclist fatality was reported in the Sacramento metropolitan area on April 22, south of the airport, following a collision with a motor vehicle. The accident happened around 1:42 in the afternoon along Dudley Boulevard in front of the Caltrans Maintenance Training Academy at McClellan Park. An individual who reported the accident said he saw the collision when it happened and made himself available to speak to officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
Bicyclist Fatality Accident Under Investigation by Authorities
The Sacramento County Coroner arrived at the accident scene to declare the bicycle rider deceased. The identity will not be released until the family has been notified of the death. No data was supplied about the driver of the vehicle involved in the bicyclist fatality accident. The accident is being investigated by the CHP to find out how the collision happened.
Loss of a Loved One
Those who lose a loved one unexpectedly in a bicyclist fatality accident caused by a negligent driver are understandably grief-stricken. They are also confused, angry and wonder why their loved one had to be taken away. The last thing in their minds is the financial stress that loss could cause, especially if their loved one contributed to the family finances.
By filing a wrongful death claim, the family members cannot only recover the financial loss, but it can also help give them a sense of justice and closure. Over the many years my law office has been around, we’ve successfully helped numerous families in Sacramento and Northern California through this difficult period in their lives.
Damages That Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Suit
Under California law, just damages can be awarded to a grieving family following the death of a loved one when negligence by another was the cause. This includes:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Income and benefits the decedent would have earned during their lifetime
- Loss of services at home, which includes childcare, lawn, and auto care, along with other duties the decedent provided
- Loss of consortium, love, and affection of the surviving spouse or partner
- Loss of inheritance
- The children’s loss of guidance, moral support, and encouragement
Helping Those Who Are Grieving
There are many things a friend, other family members, or an associate can do to show their sympathy and support for someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. They include:
- Sending flowers, a card, or calling to express your sympathy is appreciated by a family grieving their loss.
- Offer a sympathetic ear, whether in person or on the telephone. A person in grief often wants to talk about their loved one. Do not try to compare their loss to one you experienced in the past. This is their time.
- If you visit, try to help out around the home a little. This could be going outside and mowing the lawn, washing dishes, or occupying the children, so the grieving adults have a little time to themselves.
- Offer to accompany the person who is making the funeral and burial arrangements. Having a shoulder to lean on at this trying time helps.
- Send over food for the family members, whether prepared at home or ordered out.
- Keep in mind that grief does not stop after the funeral. Stay in touch frequently and continue to offer your support.
Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer
I am Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. When a family member has died in a bicyclist fatality accident by the negligence of another individual or entity, the family may place a claim for compensation for that loss. I am here to offer my compassionate, free and friendly advice when you call (916) 921-6400 or from long-distance at (800) 404-5400. If it’s easier for you, we also have an online contact form.
For more information about my law firm, please visit the following:
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