Driver Arrested in Oakland Fatality Crash

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December 25, 2022
Edward Smith

Vehicle Exits Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Resulting in a Fatality

The driver of a vehicle was placed under arrest on December 20 following a fatality crash where a female passenger died. The collision occurred on Grizzly Peak Boulevard between the Scotts Peak Trail Head and Claremont Avenue around 12:44 a.m. When officers with the Oakland Police Department arrived at the scene, they discovered that the vehicle had been going east when it exited the roadway and passed down an embankment. 

Vehicle Passenger Dies in Run-Off-Road Fatality Crash

The female passenger, age 42, was found unresponsive. The driver, an Antioch man, age 48, was transported in stable condition to Highland Hospital. He was subsequently placed under arrest after the fatality crash and is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter. 

Police Seeking Information From the Public

Responding officers are alleging that alcohol consumption may have contributed to the fatal crash. Police investigators are working to determine how the collision happened. Those with information about the accident are requested to call (510) 777-8570, which is the unit that conducts traffic investigations.

Run-Off-Road Accidents

Run-off-road accidents are caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Negligence by the driver: A driver who is intoxicated, distracted by texting, speeding or committing another act of negligence can cause a fatality crash when the vehicle exits the roadway.
  • Drivers often try to avoid hitting animals on the road by swerving. A run-off-road accident may occur if the driver loses control of the vehicle at a high speed. 
  • When a vehicle takes a sharp curve at high speed, run-off-road accidents often occur and can cause a fatality crash. There are times when a lack of warning signs causes drivers to enter a curve at an unreduced speed. There may be grounds for filing a claim against a government agency responsible for road maintenance in this case. Because the time limit for filing is six months, getting help from an attorney may be a good idea.
  • Drivers of other vehicles: Motorists may swerve to avoid hitting another vehicle that moves into their lane, resulting in run-off accidents.

Recovering Compensation by Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

In the unfortunate and tragic event of a wrongful death, surviving family members may be eligible to recover compensation for their loss. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the death, surviving family members can make a claim against an individual or entity for damages, including funeral costs, earnings until the decedent’s retirement age and pain and suffering.

How an Injury Lawyer Can Help With a Wrongful Death Claim

If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, it is important to consult with an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible. An injury attorney will be able to provide guidance and advice on the process of filing a wrongful death claim, as well as help determine who may be held responsible for the fatality. 

Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a Richmond personal injury lawyer. The consequences of run-off-road accidents are often severe and fatal. In the event you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages. You can reach one of our injury lawyers by calling (510) 631-0200 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. Find out if you can recover damages as well as have your questions answered and case reviewed without obligation. If you would prefer to contact us online, you can do so as well.

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