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Fatal Crash on I-5 Near Westley Rest Stop in Stanislaus County

Fatal I-5 Crash Near Westley Rest Stop

On Sunday, October 16, 2022, the California Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash on I-5 near the Westley rest stop in Stanislaus County. The incident was described as a single-vehicle accident that occurred on northbound Interstate 5 around 10:00 p.m.

Details on the Fatal Crash on I-5 Near the Westley Rest Stop

In a preliminary release by CHP traffic officers, it was revealed that a 25-year-old man was driving a Toyota northbound on I-5 with two male passengers. For reasons not yet determined, the driver allegedly veered to the left and entered the dirt median. The Toyota driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn.

The Toyota driver and front seat passenger, a 34-year-old man from Concord, sustained injuries described as minor. A rear-seat passenger was allegedly ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Sadly, this passenger succumbed to their injuries at the collision site. The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office has recently identified the deceased as Uvaldo Carrera-Moreno, 48, of Santa Ana.

After medical clearance, the Toyota driver was reportedly arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and felony vehicular manslaughter. His bail has been set at $125,000, according to officials. An investigation into the fatal car accident on I-5 near the Westley rest stop is ongoing and additional information has not been released.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

When a close relative loses their life in an accident caused by another individual or entity’s negligent actions, California law makes it clear that at-fault parties must be held accountable for the consequences of their wrongdoing. In the case of a fatal single-vehicle accident, a claim may be brought against the negligent driver for resulting losses.

If the incident occurred from other causes, like road defects or faulty vehicle equipment, a family may have grounds for a government entity claim or products liability claim. Keep in mind that a six-month statute of limitations applies to claims involving public agencies, per California Government Code Section 911.2.

What is the Purpose of a Wrongful Death Case?

In California, a wrongful death claim is intended to compensate a family for financial and intangible losses incurred from their loved one’s sudden death. This may include compensation for the loss of the deceased’s income, support, guidance, companionship, care, and protection. It may also include reimbursement for medical and funeral expenses, mental anguish, and more.

Under CCP 377.60, the deceased’s spouse, domestic partner, or children have priority to file wrongful death matters. Other family members may be eligible for filing if these relationships with the decedent do not exist. To determine your eligibility for a wrongful death claim, contact our legal team at AutoAccident.com. Learn more about how we can help by watching the video below or calling today for a free consultation.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury lawyer. Losing a family member is painful, especially if they lost their life in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. If you need an accident lawyer, turn to the legal team at AutoAccident.com for assistance. We are prepared to put our resources, knowledge, and skills to work for your case in an effort to ensure that your family receives the justice and financial compensation you all deserve. Learn more about how our family at our law firm can help you by dialing (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. We are proud to offer your family compassionate, free, and friendly case advice anytime.

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