Carmichael Fatal Crash Involves Three Vehicles

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February 14, 2024
Edward Smith

Fair Oaks Boulevard Location of Carmichael Fatal Crash

A Carmichel fatal crash involving three vehicles occurred at an intersection on February 8. The collision happened at the eastbound Fair Oaks Boulevard intersection with Shelfield Drive around 7:30 a.m. A Honda Accord, minivan, and Toyota Prius were involved, blocking the eastbound lanes. 

Investigation Underway Into Cause of Carmichael Fatal Crash

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responding officers said the vehicles sustained enough damage that they did not appear drivable. The coroner was called to the scene to declare one person deceased. The police report did not include information on injuries. CHP traffic crash unit detectives are determining the cause of the collision and placing fault.

Determining Negligence for a Wrongful Death Claim

When multiple vehicles are involved in a Carmichael fatal crash, an injury lawyer determines which driver or drivers exhibited negligence. In a multiple-vehicle accident, more than one driver is commonly at fault. For example, one driver might have been speeding, and another might have been distracted and looked up too late to avoid a collision. 

Poor Intersection Maintenance

In addition to negligence on the part of drivers, lack of maintenance in the intersection can lead to a Carmichael fatal crash, such as the following:

  • The traffic light was mistimed, which led to a collision.
  • The overhanging foliage obscured street corners, so the driver could not see a turning vehicle.
  • Misplaced or obscured signs can lead to a Carmichael fatal crash.
  • The painted lines indicating lanes were blurred or missing.
  • Insufficient lighting at the intersection caused an accident. 

If government negligence led to or was involved in the fatal collision, liability may lie with the entity charged with maintenance. You only have six months to file a government claim, so you should seek help from an accident attorney.

Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases

The spouse and children of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim if another’s negligence was the cause. Recoverable damages can include:

  • The spouse can claim loss of affection, moral support, and consortium for losing their marital partner.
  • Recovery of the funeral and burial expenses helps the family avoid this sudden financial drain.
  • The family recovers the decedent’s wages in a lump sum until retirement age. Wages also include the value of insurance and pension benefits, regular bonuses, and other income from the job.
  • The family’s children can recover compensation for the loss of a parent and the guidance and nurturing they provide.
  • The spouse can recover compensation for their loss of consortium, moral support, and affection. 
  • Loss of household assistance includes duties the decedent performed around the home, such as mowing the lawn, taking care of the children, cooking, and preparing taxes.

Some of the benefits of filing a wrongful death claim include helping to give the family closure and a sense of justice for their loss by holding the at-fault party responsible. In addition, being able to recover damages helps them avoid the financial repercussions of a sudden loss. 

Following is an explanation of wrongful death claims by accident attorney Ed Smith:

Carmichael Wrongful Death Lawyer

My name is Ed Smith, and I am a Carmichael wrongful death attorney. You can file a claim for wrongful death when a death in your family was the result of an accident caused by another’s negligence. We provide free and friendly advice on how to do so and a free case review. You can reach us by calling (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. Our help is also available online.

The Top 1 Percent and Million Dollar Advocates are prestigious groups in which we participate. Verdicts & Settlements and Avvo, Yelp, and Google reviews explain how my injury lawyers and I have helped others.

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