Deceased Identified in Thermal Fatal Crash With Semi

Fatal Crash Kills Two in Airport Boulevard Accident Involving Semi

The county coroner in Riverside has released the identities of two people who died recently in a fatal crash with a semi. The people who died were La Quinta residents Henry and Sandra Villanueva, ages 73 and 72, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The accident occurred around 6:00 p.m. along Airport Boulevard near Shady Lane and the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport. 

Fatal Crash Under Investigation

Cal Fire reported the fatal crash on Twitter, saying that two individuals died at the accident scene. No injuries occurred to the semi-driver. No information was released on how the accident occurred.

Bringing a Wrongful Death Claim

In the aftermath of a fatal crash, grieving, anger and confusion are common emotions experienced by families. Funeral and burial expenses show how much they have truly lost. After considering filing a claim, they decide to do so. Bringing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party may provide closure and comfort to the family by holding the person who caused the death responsible. Wrongful death lawsuits can result in a number of types of compensation:

  • Expenses associated with funerals and burials can be recouped.
  • Taking into account the deceased’s salary up to the time of retirement, an estimate of their lost earnings and benefits is recoverable.
  • There is a lack of care, protection and guidance that can be compensated for the family’s children due to their loss of a parent.
  • There is no way to replace or ease the grief of the surviving spouse, but compensation can be provided for the loss of consortium and companionship.
  • In some instances, the loss of inheritance is recoverable if the estate would have grown throughout the years.
  • Loss of household help may be recovered to replace the areas where the deceased assisted around the home, such as gardening, housework and others.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by members of the immediate family in California following a fatal crash that was the other driver’s fault. A person who administers the estate of a deceased person may file as well. There can, however, only be one lawsuit brought. A wrongful death claim can be filed by the following family members:

  • In the event of wrongful death, the surviving spouse can file a claim.
  • It is possible for children of the deceased to join in filing a claim. A child can be either biological or adopted, as well as a stepchild who received half of their support from the decedent.
  • The grandchildren of the decedent may file on behalf of their deceased parents.
  • The parents and siblings of a decedent can file a claim if there is no immediate family.

California Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith. I’m a California truck accident lawyer. If a negligent truck driver caused the demise of a loved one, you might be able to recover damages. You can reach our accident attorneys at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. An online contact form is also available. If you would like a free, no-obligation consultation, we can provide you with information about your legal options and answer any questions you may have. 

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