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Fatal Collision Involving Two Vehicles Occurs East of Stockton

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July 04, 2024
Edward Smith

Copperopolis Fatal Collision Involving Two Vehicles Occurs on O’Byrnes Ferry Road

A fatal collision involving two vehicles occurred near Copperopolis, east of Stockton, on July 2. The accident occurred on O’Byrnes Ferry Road just north of Black Creek Drive around 9:40 a.m. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported the crash occurred between a motorcycle rider and a Ford F-250 crew cab pulling a 27-foot camping trailer. 

Coroner Called to Site of Fatal Collision Involving Two Vehicles

The Calaveras County Coroner was called to the scene to declare one person dead. O’Byrnes Ferry Road and the area around the incident site were closed as the scene was cleared and an investigation conducted. The CHP traffic accident unit is investigating why the collision occurred. 

Filing for Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim

If your loved one’s death was caused by another driver’s negligence or another party’s fault in a fatal collision involving two vehicles, immediate family members have the right to file a wrongful death claim. The right to file primarily extends to the spouse or children of the deceased. In the absence of a spouse or children, the parents and siblings of the deceased may pursue the claim. Possible damages that can be sought following a fatal accident in Woodland include:

  • Lost income and benefits that the deceased would have earned until retirement, such as insurance and pension benefits.
  • Expenses incurred for funeral, burial, or cremation services.
  • Compensation for the loss of affection and companionship suffered by the surviving spouse.
  • Reimbursement for the loss of parental care and guidance experienced by the children.
  • Claims for the loss of household services that the deceased provided.

Filing a wrongful death claim can help ensure that those left behind are financially protected and can cover the unexpected costs associated with the loss of a loved one.

Proving Fault in a Fatal Accident

To prove fault in a fatal collision involving two vehicles, an accident lawyer typically follows a comprehensive process involving several key steps, such as the following:

  • The lawyer conducts an extensive investigation to gather all relevant evidence, including police reports, witness statements, and any available surveillance footage. 
  • They might collaborate with accident reconstruction experts to recreate the scene and establish how the incident occurred. Additionally, the lawyer will examine the background and actions of all parties involved to uncover any negligence or recklessness contributing to the accident. Medical records and expert testimonies are also crucial in demonstrating the cause of death and linking it directly to the accident. By meticulously piecing together this evidence, the lawyer aims to build a compelling case to establish the responsible party’s liability.

Check out the video below as attorney Ed Smith provides valuable insights on wrongful death claims:


Stockton Wrongful Death Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton wrongful death attorney. If you’ve experienced the heartache of losing a loved one due to another person’s negligence on the road, our dedicated team is here to provide free and friendly advice. You can call us at (209) 227-1931, or if you are placing a call from a long distance, reach us at (800) 404-5400. If you prefer, you can chat with someone online.

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Photo attribution: Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

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