Fatal Crash on Greger Street in Oakdale
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported a fatal crash on Greger Street in the Oakdale area on the early morning of Thursday, November 25, 2021. The motor vehicle collision took place around 2:00 a.m. on Greger Street in the vicinity of Kaufman Road and involved a white 2016 Ford Fusion.
Details on the Fatal Crash Reported on Greger Street in Oakdale
A preliminary report by CHP traffic officers revealed that a 29-year-old man was driving the Ford westbound along Greger Road. For unknown reasons, the Ford driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle after approaching a curve and colliding with a raised curb. After striking the curb, the Ford continued for a short time before crashing into a tree and then a home located just east of Wild Stallion Drive.
The Modesto Fire Department reported that no one in the residence suffered injuries from the incident. Sadly, the driver and passenger of the Ford were both declared deceased at the scene of the car crash. The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office has recently identified the deceased driver as 29-year-old Jorge Galan of Oakdale and the deceased passenger as 27-year-old Martin Gonzalez of Oakdale. The exact cause of the fatal car accident and the sequence of events leading up to it have not yet been released by CHP due to an ongoing investigation.
What You Should Know About the Wrongful Death Claims Process
The sudden loss of a close relative is challenging to come to terms with, especially when it was the result of someone else’s reckless or negligent actions. Surviving family members may be overwhelmed with loss and grief all while being impacted by financial hardship following the incident. Families faced with such situations may be able to take legal action against the at-fault party through a wrongful death claim. Such cases are generally brought against insurers to seek economic and non-economic damages like funeral and medical bills, lost future financial support, loss of companionship, mental anguish, and more.
In California, a wrongful death case may be brought by the surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children of the deceased. Other family members may be eligible for filing, as outlined in the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60. These cases must be filed within two years of the date of loss under CCP 335.1. If a lawsuit is not filed within the time limit, nor is an insurance settlement accepted, the family may lose the right to recovery of compensatory damages.
It may be challenging for a grieving family to keep track of filing criteria and deadlines in their case. An experienced Oakdale wrongful death lawyer may help surviving family members by handling all aspects of their case. When a family retains legal counsel, they can depend on their lawyer to negotiate a full and fair settlement with the insurer or take the case to court if the insurance company is unwilling to make a satisfactory offer. For information on how to find the best local attorney to handle your fatal car accident case, watch this video.
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At our law firm, we understand that seeking financial recovery is often the last thing on the minds of surviving family members after losing a loved one in a car accident. We also understand that no amount of compensation will ever replace a close relative or undo the pain that has been caused. However, bringing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party is a crucial action for survivors as it may obtain a sense of justice knowing that the other party has been held liable for the damage they have caused.
If you lost a member of your family because of someone else’s negligence, our skilled wrongful death lawyers are here to help you and your family through this challenging time. We will protect your rights and interests while working to obtain the justice that your family deserves. Our legal team will handle all aspects of your case to allow you and your family the time you all need to grieve. Our attorneys will listen to your story and advise you of your options as a survivor during a free case evaluation when you contact us to arrange a meeting.
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I’m Ed Smith, an Oakdale personal injury attorney. The loss of a loved one may be painful and devastating. If a close relative has lost their life because of the negligent actions of another party or entity, the grief that is experienced by surviving family members may be compounded with anger and frustration. During such a challenging time, it is essential to reach out to an experienced accident attorney for the compassion, commitment, and legal counsel you and your family need. A lawyer may protect your rights and interests while working to seek fair compensation and justice on your behalf. To learn how our law firm can help your family, give us a call at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 to receive free, friendly case advice from one of our dedicated and compassionate attorneys today.
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