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Fairfield Fatality Accident Claims Two Lives

Accident on Mankas Corner Road Occurs When Vehicle Hits Power Pole

A fatality accident in Fairfield claimed the lives of two people after their vehicle hit a power pole on October 5. The collision occurred along northbound Mankas Corner Road around 8:39 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that neither occupant of the vehicle was using seat restraints at the time of the crash, which ejected one of them from the car. 

Authorities Determining Cause of Fatality Accident

It has not yet been determined whether drugs or alcohol factored into the collision. The names of the decedents have not yet been released pending notification of the family/families by the coroner’s office.

Causes of a Single-Vehicle Fatality Accident That Does Not Involve Driver Negligence

While the majority of single-vehicle crashes are caused by a mistake on the part of the driver, there are sometimes outside influences that can lead to this type of collision. When this occurs and results in a fatality, the immediate family members or the estate of the deceased may be able to recover compensation with the help of an accident attorney. Some of the collisions caused by an outside influence include the following:

  • Poor road conditions: If the road is in poor condition, it can lead to a single-vehicle fatality accident. Poorly maintained roads can have potholes, cracks or other uneven surfaces that can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. In addition, overgrown shrubbery or trees, malfunctioning signal lights and other causes can lead to this type of accident. Although the government entity in charge of maintenance may be held responsible, the statute of limitations for filing is only six months. An accident attorney may help in these cases to ensure that the deadline is met.
  • Defective auto parts: If a vehicle has defective tires, brakes or other parts, it can cause a crash. In these cases, the manufacturers of vehicles or auto parts may be held liable for accidents that occur due to defects by filing a product liability claim.
  • An aggressive or hit-and-run driver: These types of negligent drivers can cause what initially appears to be a single-vehicle accident. In some cases, an aggressive or hit-and-run driver may cause a motorist to swerve off the road to avoid a collision. The driver may then strike a tree, power pole, or another object, causing a single-vehicle accident. However, an investigation of the scene and traffic surveillance footage can help determine if another driver was involved. 

Liability in a Single-Vehicle Fatality Accident

If the driver of a vehicle is found to be liable for injuries or fatalities to passengers in an accident, they may be held responsible financially by suing the estate. Likewise, if the passenger also dies in the accident, their representative or immediate family may sue the deceased driver’s estate to recover damages. 

Auto Accident Attorneys in Fairfield, CA

I am Ed Smith, an auto accident attorney in Fairfield. When injuries or fatalities are caused by someone’s negligence, the at-fault party or their estate may be liable for financial losses. If you would like free and friendly advice about your case, call us at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400. You can also message us online.

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