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Fatal Chico Area Car Accident

Fatal Chico Area Car Accident
Fatal Chico Area Car Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Chico personal injury lawyer. An area crash that occurred on Sunday, July 1, 2018, left a local woman with fatal injuries. Officers from the Chico area California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the accident took place on Highway 32 in the community of Forest Ranch. Reports noted that the crash involved two vehicles and happened at an intersection location. The woman who lost her life was identified by officials from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office as 20-year-old Forest Ranch resident Hailey Jones.

I’d like to send my sincere sympathy to Jones’ friends and family during this difficult time of grieving.

Crash Information

According to CHP, the crash took place at the intersection of State Route 32 and Headwaters Road. At about 7 p.m., Jones had been driving northbound in a Toyota Scion along Headwater Road. Jones had reportedly been fully stopped at the State Route 32 intersection before she attempted to turn left into eastbound highway lanes.

CHP says that a 58-year-old woman traveling eastbound on the highway struck Jones’ Toyota while Jones was attempting to turn. The other vehicle reportedly struck Jones’ car on the driver’s side door.

Serious Injuries

Medical officials who responded to the collision said that Jones was found with severe trauma. Sadly, responders declared the young woman deceased before she could be taken to a hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was reported to have suffered minor injuries.

Car Accident Investigation

CHP has this accident under investigation and is attempting to determine which factors may have been at fault. While they have not mentioned any suspected causes, CHP has stated that DUI has been ruled out as a possible factor.

Factors that commonly contribute to crashes such as this one include driver distraction, faulty vehicle parts, traffic violations such as speeding, driving while fatigued, and more.

Wrongful Death Damages

The loss of a family member can be extremely difficult for families both emotionally and financially. However, when negligence such as reckless driving behavior or poor roadway design is at fault for the fatal accident, negligent parties can usually be held responsible for paying for losses related to a crash. When this happens, it is referred to as a case of “wrongful death.”

People with a viable wrongful death claim are able to seek money for many different types of losses. In addition to expenses like hospital bills, funeral, and burial costs, families can often claim money for damages such as loss of income, loss of consortium, loss of parental guidance, and more.

To get more information about recoverable wrongful death damages, you should contact an experienced attorney. Not only will a wrongful death lawyer be able to provide you with valuable information, but having legal representation early on can be vital in claiming the full amount of money that you deserve for your losses.

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Chico Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Chico personal injury lawyer. Accident fatalities can be devastating for families. If you’ve lost a person you love in a collision, reach me at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly case advice. You can use AutoAccident.com in order to reach me as well.

Chico residents with personal injury and wrongful death claims have trusted my help with claiming fair recompense for 36 years.

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