Driver Killed in Auburn Single-Vehicle Accident

Accident on Auburn Folsom Road Claims Life of Driver

A single-vehicle accident resulted in the death of the driver in Auburn recently. The accident report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated that the crash occurred at about 10:50 p.m. along Auburn Folsom Road near Indian Hill Road. Upon arrival, they discovered that an Atwater man, age 31, had died in the accident after crashing into a tree in his Ford F-450 pickup. 

Fatality Accident Being Investigated to Determine Cause

It is not believed that the deceased man had been drinking or under the influence of drugs at the time of the fatal accident. Auburn Folsom Road was closed to traffic for around two hours while an investigation into the collision was conducted. 

Fatalities Resulting From a Single-Vehicle Accident

Typically, fatalities occur in a single-vehicle accident due to negligence or an error by the driver. Any number of reasons can cause a driver to be killed in an accident, resulting in his or her family having a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The following are a few of them:

  • Auto part defects: A defective auto part can cause an accident, which is the manufacturer’s responsibility. In order to detect defects, a vehicle should be retained. Auto products liability suits can be filed against manufacturers. 
  • Government road negligence: A government entity responsible for roadway neglect might be held liable for a fatality caused by poor maintenance. Potholes, malfunctioning traffic signals or poor nighttime lighting can all lead to a driver losing control, resulting in a single-vehicle accident. Unlike other personal injury claims, lawsuits against government entities also have a much shorter statute of limitations. Within six months of the date of the incident, you must file a claim for compensation from the government.  It may also be necessary to meet other deadlines. It is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to make sure you are filing all of your paperwork on time.
  • Hit-and-Run Drivers: A hit-and-run crash can appear to be a single-vehicle accident because the driver flees. During an investigation of an accident, an injury lawyer can determine whether another driver committed a hit-and-run and identify the at-fault motorist.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit in a Single-Vehicle Accident

The wrongful death of loved ones has affected many of our clients. Filing a wrongful death claim is often initially overlooked by families who have lost a loved one. Their finances may be negatively affected by the death, particularly if they were dependent on the deceased. 

Wrongful death claims provide families with proper compensation as well as closure. A wrongful death claim can include compensation for the surviving spouse and children, funeral and burial expenses, as well as the decedent’s wages lost until retirement. The funds will not ease their grief, but they will be able to handle their finances in the future. 

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Auburn

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m an Auburn wrongful death attorney. Losing a loved one suddenly in a traffic collision is a traumatic experience for the family. If the death was due to negligence caused by another person or entity, the family may want to consider filing a wrongful death claim. Contact us for free and friendly advice at (530) 392-9400 or by calling (800) 404-5400. An online contact form is available also.

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