Fatal Accident in Sacramento Occurs at Busy Intersection

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May 02, 2024
Edward Smith

Watt Avenue Intersection Site of Fatal Accident in Sacramento

A fatal accident in Sacramento occurred on May 1 along Watt Avenue involving two vehicles. Sacramento police initially responded to the collision and called in the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The accident occurred at the Watt Avenue intersection with El Camino Avenue around 8:37 a.m. and involved a Toyota Prius and an SUV. 

Name Not Yet Released Following Fatal Accident in Sacramento 

When the vehicles collided, the Toyota ended up blocking the intersection. One of the vehicles struck a pole. Medics with the Sacramento Fire Department determined that one of the people in the accident died as a result. The County Coroner’s Office will not release that person’s name until their family has received notification. The CHP traffic unit is determining how the crash occurred.

How We Can Help Following a Fatal Accident in Sacramento

In the unfortunate event of a wrongful death due to a fatal accident in Sacramento involving a motorcyclist, our personal injury attorneys are committed to securing just compensation for bereaved families. We conduct thorough investigations, collect critical evidence, and assess damages to strengthen your claim. Our legal team also provides experienced advice and negotiates with insurance providers on your behalf, ensuring that you pay no fees unless we achieve a victory in your case.

Eligibility to File a Wrongful Death Claim

The right to file a wrongful death claim in the aftermath of a negligence-induced motorcycle accident primarily rests with the decedent’s immediate family, including spouse and children (both adopted and biological). Stepchildren who were at least 50 percent financially supported by the deceased, along with the executor of the estate (limited to a single claim), are also eligible. If there are no immediate family members available, parents and siblings of the deceased are entitled to file a claim. However, it should be noted that only one claim may be filed. 

Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

The recoverable damages in a wrongful death claim vary and largely depend on the deceased’s earning potential and age. Families may seek compensation in several areas, including:

  • Recovery of the funeral and burial expenses is recoverable.
  • Lost wages, benefits, such as insurance and pension, and potential earnings over the deceased’s expected working lifespan can be recovered.
  • The spouse may recover compensation for the lost love, affection, and spousal consortium the decedent provided.
  • Recuperation of damages for the loss of nurturing, moral support and guidance to children can be recovered
  • Recovery of lost household assistance includes areas where the decedent worked around the home, such as lawn care, gardening, auto maintenance, childcare and others. 
  • Compensation for potential inheritance losses might be claimable by beneficiaries in the decedent’s will.

In the video that follows, accident attorney Ed Smith provides an in-depth explanation of a wrongful death lawsuit: 


Sacramento Wrongful Death Attorney

I am Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death attorney. If a motorist’s negligence resulted in your loved one’s death, we could help your family seek compensation. Call us at (916) 921-6400 for free and friendly legal advice concerning your accident. Our team of injury lawyers is ready to answer your questions, evaluate your case, and guide you on the path to compensation. You can also reach us via our online message form or by calling (800) 404-5400.

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Photo attribution: Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

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