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Driver Killed After Fatal Crash on Crosstown Freeway in Stockton

Driver Killed After Interstate 5 Crash in Stockton

A driver was killed after a fatal crash on Interstate 5 in the Stockton area on the early morning of Wednesday, October 14, 2020. The car accident occurred at approximately 5:00 a.m. near the Crosstown Freeway. A Subaru driver was approaching State Route 4 from southbound I-5 when they reportedly lost control and collided with the center divider, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported. The impact propelled the vehicle across the westbound lanes, where it struck a bridge railing. The vehicle came to a rest in the No. 3 and No. 4 lanes of the roadway. For unknown reasons, a driver of another vehicle crashed into the Subaru, causing fatal injuries to the Subaru driver at the scene. The details leading up to the fatal motor vehicle collision and the decedent’s identity were not immediately available as an investigation by the CHP is ongoing.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

In situations where a family member is lost in a fatal car accident, survivors may bring civil cases known as wrongful death actions against those responsible. These types of cases are brought to make a family whole after the wrongful death of a loved one through economic and non-economic damages. These include funeral expenses, end of life medical treatment costs, lost future financial support, loss of a loved one’s guidance and companionship, and more. Such cases are subject to strict filing criteria and deadlines only an experienced Stockton wrongful death attorney knows how to best navigate on behalf of surviving family members. For more information on these types of cases, watch the video below.

What is the Time Limit for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California?

A family has a limited amount of time to take legal action in a wrongful death case. The window to file a wrongful death claim is generally limited to two years, as outlined in the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1. This means that surviving family members could have as little as 24 months to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a lost loved one if a mutual settlement is not reached with the insurance company. If you and your family are unsure of your justice and recovery options, reach out to an experienced wrongful death attorney in Stockton for legal advice and guidance.

How a Stockton Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help After a Fatal Interstate 5 Crash

At, we understand how challenging it may be to lose a loved one in a fatal accident caused by someone else’s negligence. The sudden and devastating nature of these losses gives families little time to prepare for the future. Let our wrongful death law firm handle all aspects of your case so you and your family can focus on grieving and recovering from your loss. When you are ready to take legal action against those responsible for the loss of your loved one, our legal team can handle all communications with the insurance company, meet filing criteria and deadlines in your case, identify all negligent parties and coverage available, gather evidence to prove negligence and extent of damages, and negotiate with the insurer on your behalf. If we cannot negotiate a fair settlement offer with the insurance carrier, we will take your case to trial to obtain the justice and compensation you rightfully deserve. Contact us today to learn how we can help you and your family through this difficult time.

Wrongful Death Attorney in Stockton

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton wrongful death attorney. When a loved one has been lost in a fatal motor vehicle accident because of another individual’s negligence, our legal team understands how important it is to direct your focus on your family and recovery. From motor vehicle accidents caused by reckless driving to distracted driving and more, we have handled wrongful death cases like yours and know what it takes to seek the justice and compensation your family deserves from at-fault parties and their insurers. Contact us today to learn more and receive free, friendly advice on your case at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.

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