Fatal Accident on State Route 160 Involves Pickup and Dump Truck
A fatal accident involving a pickup and a dump truck occurred in Sacramento County on October 9. The accident was reported around 5:19 p.m. along State Route 160, which is called River Road, west of Isleton in front of Delta Diamond Farm Event Center. The accident blocked the roadway, and officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and emergency responders with the Sacramento Fire Department arrived at the scene to assess the situation.
Authorities Investigating to Determine Cause of Fatal Accident
One individual involved in the accident was discovered to have died in the crash. No additional information was provided. The incident is under investigation by the CHP to discover how the fatal accident occurred. The name of the deceased will not be released until the family has been notified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
Losing a Loved One in a Fatal Accident
Losing a loved one is never easy, but finding out they died in a fatal accident caused by someone’s negligence is often catastrophic. Not only do you grieve their loss but feel angry that the decedent did not have to die this way. We see many families devastated by a wrongful death.
Our firm tries to help families find justice for their loved ones by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. Let us help you. Visit with our legal experts either at our office or online in a virtual conversation. We will be able to review your case, determine your options moving forward and answer your questions. We can be reached at (916) 921-6400, and a staff member will schedule a free case review.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is filed when a negligent party causes another person’s demise. It is filed by family members against the at-fault entity. The defendant can be another person, a government agency or the manufacturer of a vehicle or other product. At our law firm, our investigators excel in determining who or what was responsible for the person’s death. This evidence is used to prove the defendant’s liability.
What Is Liability in a Fatal Accident?
Liability in this case, means that the person or entity did something that was directly responsible for the person’s demise. Examples include:
- A driver runs a red light and hits the deceased while he or she is legally crossing the intersection.
- A truck or big equipment operator is not sufficiently trained in driving their vehicle.
- A driver is drunk, speeding, or distracted and does not see another vehicle in time to avoid an accident.
- A car manufacturer fails to produce a safe product, which leads to a fatal accident.
- A government agency in charge of road conditions fails to maintain the road properly, causing a fatal accident.
How a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Helps
Members of a family who loses a loved one not only grieve, but they need to continue on without the deceased. This is difficult emotionally and financially, especially if the decedent helped support the family monetarily. A wrongful death lawsuit takes this into account by:
- Paying for funeral and burial costs is part of a wrongful death claim.
- Obtaining lost wages the person would have earned now and in the future can be recovered.
- Recovering the cost of hiring others to perform the household jobs the decedent took care of prior to their death is another part of a wrongful death claim.
- A spouse can file a loss of consortium claim.
- Children can receive monetary support for their loss of nurturing and financial assistance the decedent would have provided had they lived.
- If the decedent lived for a time prior to their death, a separate survival action claim can be filed that will pay for the medical care and suffering they experienced prior to death.
- If a survival action is filed and the at-fault party committed an egregious act, punitive damages can be requested. These are usually greater than the compensatory damages obtained in the wrongful death claim and are used to punish the wrongdoer. A survival action can be filed simultaneously.
Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. If you are facing loneliness, grief, and financial difficulties due to the death of a loved one by negligence, call me at (916) 921-6400 or at (800) 404-5400 for my free and friendly advice as an injury lawyer. You can also reach out to me online.
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