Double Fatality Accident Reported West of Auburn

Accident on Highway 193 Kills Two Teenagers in Placer County

A fatality accident involving two teenagers from Placer County occurred on July 21 in what California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers believe was related to speed. The collision happened in the evening hours when the Mini Cooper the teens were in struck a tree and caught fire after crashing near Dutch Court, west of Auburn. The older teen driving the Mini was from Lincoln, and the younger was from Loomis. Both died in the collision. 

Alleged Speeding May Have Contributed to Fatality Accident

A preliminary investigation into the cause of the crash indicated that speed may have contributed to the accident. The names of the deceased have not been released, pending notification of the families by the Placer County Coroner’s Office. Although neither drugs nor alcohol is believed to have been involved, the determination is pending the toxicology report by the coroner.

Filing a Claim for Wrongful Death

Your family may be able to recover damages if the driver who caused the fatality accident was negligent. The cost of funeral and burial expenses, as well as other losses, can be covered by filing a wrongful death claim. The claim can be filed against the at-fault party’s insurance company, and a car accident attorney can handle the negotiations to help you recover a fair settlement. If the insurance company balks at paying what your family deserves, a lawsuit can be filed in civil court. Over the years, our law firm has successfully handled many of these claims:

  • It is possible to recover the cost of the funeral and burial.
  • Families who lost their future income potential due to their offspring working may be able to recover these losses until the age the deceased would have retired.
  • The family may recover compensation for the lost companionship, affection and love they received from the deceased.
  • The family loss caused grief, sorrow, and mental anguish, which can be recovered as damages.
  • There is a possibility of recovering lost benefits or gifts that the parents would have received.

Using Uninsured/Underinsured Coverage

The minimum auto liability insurance required by California law does not cover injuries to yourself or others in your family. Due to the high rate of uninsured or underinsured drivers in California, many motorists opt to take out an add-on policy offered to all drivers when they take out auto insurance. This policy provides coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers. If a family member dies in a collision, this policy will pay out. It is possible to use another family member’s policy in place of the deceased’s if the decedent didn’t have this policy. There is no effect on the rates. An accident attorney can help you with this process.

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Auburn

I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn wrongful death lawyer. When you have lost a loved one because of another driver’s negligence, the family might be able to place a claim for wrongful death to recover damages. For free and friendly advice, call our injury lawyers at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. An online form to message us is available too. We can set up a virtual or in-person consultation where your case can be reviewed, and you can find out methods to obtain compensation.

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