Driver on Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard Hits Tree in Single-Vehicle Crash
A single-vehicle crash in Roseville occurred on April 4, which claimed the life of a passenger in the car. The collision was reported by the Roseville Police Department as occurring around 3:20 in the afternoon along Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard between Horncastle Avenue and Jonquil Drive. According to the police report, the vehicle drifted over from the northbound lanes and entered the center median, where it crashed into a tree.
One Party Expires as a Result of the Single-Vehicle Crash
Both the driver and passenger in the vehicle were transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment and evaluation. The passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and died at the hospital, while the driver suffered injuries described as moderate. Investigators are examining evidence from the single-vehicle crash to determine how it occurred. Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard was shut down while the investigation was conducted.
Driver Faces Charges Following Death of Passenger
The driver of the vehicle in the single-vehicle crash that caused the death of the passenger was placed under arrest by Roseville police and faces charges of felony DUI and murder. The driver was identified as a 28-year-old male and was booked into the South Placer Jail. The investigation into the fatal incident concluded that the driver was under the influence of a controlled substance when the collision occurred.
Causes of a Wrongful Death
A wrongful death occurs when an individual dies as a result of another’s negligence. Negligence can be the result of an error on the part of another person or by a public entity. The one thing they have in common is that a family has lost a loved one in an accident that never had to happen. When it does, a Roseville wrongful death lawyer can help the family recover damages.
Why File a Claim for Wrongful Death in a Single-Vehicle Crash?
No one expects a family member to pass away suddenly in an accident, but it happens all too frequently. It leaves the family not only grief-stricken but shocked and confused. Although probably the last thing on their minds is recovering damages for that loss, eventually, many families realize that they not only face expensive funeral costs that weren’t planned for but many lose the income and care provided by their loved one.
By filing a wrongful death claim, they can achieve justice and a sense of closure as well as continue the grief process without worrying about the financial stress they face. We sympathize with the family members as they go through this difficult time and have helped many Roseville residents over the years to obtain the compensation they deserve.
What Can My Family Recover in a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim allows the family to recover not only financial but non-economic losses. This may include the following:
- Wages the decedent would have earned up until the time of retirement, which includes pension, insurance, and other perks of the job
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of consortium, companionship, and affection
- Loss of guidance, training, and care as a parent
- Medical costs if the decedent lived for a time are recoverable through a survival action
- In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded. Such cases are based on egregious or intentional acts, which led to the person’s demise. Punitive damages are usually higher than those for wrongful death and are separate awards.
Who Can File a Claim for Wrongful Death
The following people may file a claim for wrongful death:
- The spouse or putative spouse of the decedent
- Children in the marriage, including stepchildren, if they obtained at least half their support from the decedent
- Grandchildren of a deceased child of the decedent
- If the decedent left no immediate family, other members may file, such as siblings and parents
Roseville Car Accident Lawyer
My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a Roseville car accident lawyer. When someone is injured or dies as the result of a negligent motorist, a claim may be placed for financial compensation. Call me at (916) 921-6400 or at (800) 404-5400 for my free, friendly advice on whether you are eligible to file. An online form is available also if that is easier for you.
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