Carmichael Woman Dies in Fair Oaks Boulevard Accident
A traffic fatality was reported in Carmichael on September 27 that took the life of a young woman. The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on eastbound Fair Oaks Boulevard, when the driver of a sedan rear-ended a Chevy Silverado pickup and the center median. At that point, the vehicle rolled, slid on its roof, and struck another car. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) report, a 21-year-old Carmichael woman died in the crash.
Cause of Traffic Fatality Accident Under Investigation
Police discovered a car seat in the vehicle, but fortunately, the infant was not a passenger at the time the crash occurred but was safely at home. The identity of the young woman who died in the accident has not been released pending notification of the family by the County Coroner’s Office. The CHP is investigating the traffic fatality accident to determine how it happened.
Losing a Loved One in an Accident
The sudden loss of a loved one can be a tumultuous time for a family. Not only do they have to make funeral arrangements while they are deep in grief, confused, and stressed, they often face the additional stress of the loss of the contributions that person made to the family. If the death was caused by negligence by another person or entity, the family can join together to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Although it will not ease their grief, it can help bring them a sense of closure, knowing the negligent party is being held accountable.
Causes of a Wrongful Death
The major cause of a fatality accident is usually driver error of some type. At times, it is on the part of the person driving the vehicle. At other times, another person is negligent by running a stop sign, speeding, distracted driving, or other actions that make them at fault. However, there are several additional ways in which a traffic fatality occurs that are the result of an outside influence. These include:
- Mechanical failure: When a defective part in the accelerator, brakes, steering column, or motor is present, it can end up causing a traffic fatality. Defects can cause the accelerator to stick, the brakes to not work, steering to freeze, and other problems that prevent the driver from controlling the vehicle. This is one of the reasons it is important to retain a vehicle following a traffic fatality, so engineers can check to see if a defect in the car caused the accident. If this is found to be so, an auto product liability claim can be filed against the manufacturer and others in the production line to recover damages.
- Government negligence: When lights at intersections are mistimed or malfunction, lighting is poor, or signs are covered by shrubs or tree branches, it can cause a traffic fatality or accident with serious injuries. When it has been determined by an investigation that negligent maintenance or poor design of a roadway caused a traffic fatality, a claim may be placed against the government entity in charge. Because the statute of limitations for filing a claim is much shorter, enlisting the help of a personal injury lawyer may be a good idea.
In the video that follows, Carmichael Wrongful Death Lawyer Ed Smith explains what a wrongful death claim is:
Carmichael Wrongful Death Lawyer
My name is Ed Smith, and I am a Carmichael wrongful death lawyer. When your loved one died in an accident caused by another’s negligence, we have free and friendly advice to offer you about filing a wrongful death claim. Contact us at (916) 921-6400 or at (800) 404-5400. You can reach us online as well.
The legal team at AutoAccident.com has helped Northern Californians obtain the compensation they deserve following any type of traffic accident, cases involving wrongful deaths, and other claims since 1982.
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