Fatal Traffic Accident in Rosemont Claims Two Lives

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March 23, 2021
Edward Smith

Bradshaw Road Accident Causes a Fatality

A fatal traffic accident happened on March 20 in Rosemont in a collision that reportedly involved at least two vehicles. The collision was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as occurring on Bradshaw Road northbound and Jackson Road around 12:30 in the morning when a Jaguar went into a skid to the side, hit the center median, and struck a tree before bursting into flames. The driver and a passenger in the vehicle died as a result.

Investigation Continues Into Fatal Traffic Accident

Another vehicle involved in the accident was identified by authorities as a pickup truck. Paramedics with the Sacramento Fire Department checked the other parties involved in the fatal traffic accident for injuries. The names of those who died in the crash have not been released pending family notification by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. The investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing.

Losing a Loved One in a Fatal Traffic Accident

When a loved one dies suddenly in a fatal traffic accident, family members are consumed by grief and disbelief. It seems impossible to comprehend that their loved one is gone. Family members are often angry that something like this could happen, and they want to find a measure of justice for their loved one.

Our law firm understands the family’s feelings and wants to help them. If a negligent party is involved in their loved one’s demise, we can do this by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This will never bring back the love, support, and companionship the decedent gave them, but it will allow them to begin healing.

What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit is placed against a negligent party who caused the death of someone else. This can also involve intentional harm, such as murder. It allows the family to recover the financial support and other monetary losses they incur as a result of the person’s death. 

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The following people can file a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • A spouse or a putative spouse, who is someone who believes they are a legal spouse
  • Domestic partners of the decedent
  • Children of the decedent
  • Stepchildren of the deceased
  • Grandchildren, if the child/children of the decedent have died
  • Minors who lived with the decedent before they died for a minimum of 180 days and were dependent for at least 50 percent of their support
  • Parents of the decedent, if they too were supported by the deceased

Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

According to the California Code of Civil Procedure (377.61), the following damages are allowed in a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Medical expenses immediately before the decedent’s death through a survival action
  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Loss of the decedent’s support for the family, including wages that the deceased would have made had they lived
  • The financial cost of the household tasks mainly done by the decedent
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of consortium

How to Investigate a Wrongful Death in a Fatal Traffic Accident

As with other personal injury accidents, it is crucial to find evidence of misconduct or negligence. Some of the ways our law firm does this include:

  • Using accident reconstruction techniques to determine liability
  • Obtaining video footage of the accident
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Reviewing police reports

Rosemont Personal Injury Lawyer

My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a Rosemont personal injury lawyer. If your family has questions about their eligibility to file a wrongful death claim, please call me at (916) 921-6400 for my free, friendly advice. An online form to message me is available also.

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We’ve helped Rosemont residents to get fair compensation since 1982 for traffic collisions, all types of traumatic injuries, and wrongful deaths.

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