Fatal Motorcycle Accident Occurs in South Sacramento

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May 01, 2023
Edward Smith

Fruitridge Road Fatal Motorcycle Accident Involved Turning Driver

A fatal motorcycle accident was reported in South Sacramento on April 27 after colliding with a motor vehicle. The crash happened at about 7:00 a.m. along Fruitridge Road near Nona Way. The South Sacramento California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a car was making a left turn when it crashed into the rider going east along Fruitridge Road. 

Accident Being Investigated to Determine Fault

The Sacramento Fire Department identified the deceased motorcycle rider as male and somewhere in his 20s. The vehicle driver stayed at the accident scene and cooperated with the crash investigation. Fire officials said the rider’s helmet flew off during the collision. The impact threw the rider 20 feet. Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be factors in the fatal accident. 

After a Fatal Accident, Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Following a fatal motorcycle accident, our attorneys have successfully obtained fair compensation for many grieving families. We understand the false impressions that insurance companies and juries can have against motorcyclists, especially due to their depiction in old movies. We also know how to counter those misperceptions. 

The team investigates a fatal collision to gather evidence to support the claim of the family, calculates damages, and deals with the insurance company to maximize compensation for your family. The evidence in the case may be used in civil court if the insurance company refuses to pay what you deserve for your wrongful death claim. 

Wrongful Death: Who Can File?

In a motorcycle fatality accident, members of the deceased’s immediate family may file a wrongful death claim. In addition to the spouse, the family includes all children, whether they are adopted or natural. It is also possible for stepchildren who received at least half of their support from the deceased to file. The surviving children of a deceased parent can file a lawsuit on behalf of the decedent. A claim may be filed by the estate administrator instead, but only one claim may be filed. In the absence of an immediate family, the decedent’s parents and siblings may file a claim. 

Wrongful Death Recoverable Damages

There are a number of factors that determine whether damages can be recovered after a motorcycle fatality accident, including the decedent’s income and age. There is, however, a possibility that the family might be eligible to recover:

  • The funeral and burial expenses of the decedent
  • The deceased’s wages and benefits up to the time of his/her expected retirement can be recovered
  • Because of the loss of love, affection and consortium, the spouse is entitled to damages
  • Children in the family may be able to recover the lost nurturing and guidance
  • In the event of loss of household assistance, a claim may be made
  • It is possible to recover inheritance loss in some cases

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Sacramento

I am Ed Smith, and I’m a wrongful death lawyer in Sacramento. The family of a person who died as a result of the negligence of a motorist may be able to recover compensation through filing a wrongful death claim. You can reach us by phone at (916) 921-6400 to schedule a free, friendly consultation with one of our accident attorneys. If you are interested in receiving compensation, we can answer your questions, examine your case, and tell you how to do so. Our long-distance number is (800) 404-5400, or you can contact us online.

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