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Fatal Woodland Accident Involves Vehicle Exiting Roadway

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July 01, 2024
Edward Smith

Interstate 5 Site of Fatal Woodland Accident

A fatal Woodland accident occurred on June 28 when the driver of a van that was weaving in traffic exited the roadway. The collision occurred around 4:10 in the afternoon along Northbound I-5 at the off-ramp for Highway 99 westbound. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Yolo Fire Department responders arrived to find vehicles stopped on the right-hand side.

Fatal Woodland Accident Occurs When Driver Leaves Roadway

The vehicle that exited the roadway had overturned and was 50 feet down in a canal, trapping the driver. One person died in the collision. Authorities with the CHP traffic unit are investigating to determine why the accident happened.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim for Compensation

If your loved one’s death resulted from another driver’s negligence or the fault of another party, their spouse or child has the right to file a wrongful death claim. The parents and siblings may file the claim if the deceased had no spouse or children. Possible damages you can seek following a fatal Woodland accident include:

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

Rollover Accidents After Running Off the Road

Vehicles often veer off the road, resulting in a fatal Woodland accident. These incidents are frequently caused by driver error, such as speeding, but other factors may also play a role, such as:

  • Hit-and-run or aggressive driving incidents: Aggressive drivers can cause crashes by hitting another vehicle or forcing it off the road, leading to a fatal accident. Attorneys can investigate to identify any other vehicles involved, ensuring the responsible driver is held accountable so the surviving family members can seek justice.
  • Defective vehicle parts: A malfunction in a vehicle part can cause the driver to lose control, resulting in a fatal accident. With the assistance of an accident attorney, the deceased person’s family can file a product liability lawsuit against the auto manufacturer and the distribution chain.
  • Poor road maintenance: Government agencies responsible for road upkeep can be held liable if accidents occur due to potholes, damaged guardrails, or other road hazards. Victims must file a claim against the government within six months, and legal assistance can improve their chances of success.

Your injury attorney can thoroughly investigate to establish fault and gather evidence for your compensation claim. Sometimes, several parties may be responsible for the accident, and each can be held liable for their part in your damages.

Watch attorney Ed Smith share important insights on wrongful death claims in the video below:


Woodland Wrongful Death Attorney 

I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland wrongful death attorney based. 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. For immediate support, call us at (530) 392-9400, or if you’re outside the area, reach us at (800) 404-5400. We are also available online through our contact form.

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