Brentwood Man Killed in Crash on SR-4 in Martinez
Officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a man from Brentwood was killed in a recent crash on SR-4 in the Martinez area. The fatal car accident occurred on westbound State Route 4 just east of McEwen Road around 10:30 a.m.
Details on the SR-4 Crash in Martinez That Killed a Brentwood Man
A preliminary report by officials indicated that a Ford Ranger veered off the roadway and traveled down an embankment. The driver was allegedly ejected from the truck during the crash. He was transported to an area hospital for immediate treatment, CHP traffic officers said. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries a short time into hospitalization.
The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased individual as 24-year-old Alexis Perez Morales of Brentwood. A GoFundMe page has been established on behalf of Mr. Morales to support his family.
What is Involved in the Wrongful Death Claims Process?
When an individual loses their life in an accident due to the negligence of another party or entity, the surviving family members of the decedent may be able to bring a wrongful death claim. This type of civil case allows survivors to be compensated for the economic and non-economic damages related to the loss of a loved one. Understanding how this type of claim may be brought forward, the challenges that may arise in the process, and how it may assist a family is essential. For instance, if a single-vehicle accident resulted in a fatality, the family of the decedent may have grounds to bring a claim against various parties.
A single-vehicle accident may be the result of reasons that are not immediately apparent, such as a poorly designed or maintained road and a defect in the motor vehicle that was involved. In the former, a government entity may be held liable for the failure to maintain a public road that was found to have contributed to a fatal crash. Conversely, there are times when a vehicle part is defective, and the automaker may recall it. In some situations, the recall may not be put in place until the motorist was involved in a crash and the issue has been reported. Going against an automaker or a government entity in a wrongful death case is not always easy, but having the right accident attorney at your side may make a world of difference in the outcome of the claim.
Retaining legal counsel immediately after a fatal car accident is crucial as there may be specific filing criteria and deadlines that must be met to protect the case. Pursuant to the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1, a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of a loved one’s death. There are factors that may influence the statute of limitations in a wrongful death case. For instance, if the claim involves a government entity, a notice of claim must be filed no later than six months or 180 days from the fatal incident date. This is by the California Government Code Section 911.2. Therefore, it is advisable to discuss the specifics of the case with an experienced accident attorney immediately to determine when it should be filed. Information on how to find the best Brentwood wrongful death attorney is available through this video.
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Establishing negligence in a wrongful death claim brought on behalf of a lost loved one may be challenging for a wide array of reasons. At AutoAccident.com, we understand that you and your family may be overwhelmed by the thought of taking legal action, all while coping with grief and dealing with unexpected expenses. When you contact our law firm, we will work with your family to build a strong case, negotiate with insurance companies, and take your case to court if all attempts at a fair wrongful death settlement fail with the insurer.
Our legal team works under a contingency fee basis, meaning that there are no upfront costs to working with us, and a fee will only be due if we recover fair compensation on your behalf. For a free case evaluation, contact us today to learn more about how we can help your family through this difficult time and understand your rights and options for recovery.
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I’m Ed Smith, a Brentwood personal injury attorney. The unexpected loss of a loved one is devastating for any family to experience. If this has happened to your family and you believe that the incident was the result of someone else’s negligence, please contact our law firm today for compassionate, free, and friendly case advice at (925) 428-5220 or (800) 404-5400. We are available anytime to go over the specifics of your case and advise you of what to expect from the process moving forward.
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