Fatal Woodland Accident Occurs on West Side Freeway

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May 08, 2024
Edward Smith

Fatal Woodland Accident Happens Near County Road 102

A fatal Woodland accident occurred on May 6 involving a Jeep and an unknown entity. The accident occurred around 6:33 p.m. on northbound I-5 just south of the County Road 102 off-ramp. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the Jeep rolled and was far off the roadway in a field. 

Police Investigating Cause of Fatal Woodland Accident

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene also, as well as fire department emergency responders. The driver of the vehicle died in the crash. A wrecker was called to the scene to bring the vehicle back to the roadway. 

Investigation Into Accident Seeks Cause

The Yolo County Coroner’s Office will release the deceased person’s name after the family has received notification. An investigation into the accident’s cause is underway by CHP traffic crash detectives.

Run-Off-Road Crashes and Rollovers

Vehicles frequently leave the roadway and cause a fatal Woodland accident involving a rollover. These incidents often stem from reasons like driver error, including speeding, or external factors. However, other factors may also be involved, such as the following:

  • Hit-and-run or aggressive driving incidents: An aggressive driver might hit another vehicle or force it to leave the road, leading to a fatal crash. Attorneys can investigate to see if another vehicle contributed to the crash. Identifying and holding the other driver accountable is possible, allowing the victim’s family to seek justice.
  • Neglected road conditions: The government entity responsible for road maintenance is liable if potholes, damaged guardrails, or other roadway defects cause a fatal accident. Victims have a six-month window to file a claim against the government, with legal assistance enhancing their chance of success.
  • Faulty vehicle parts: A defect in a vehicle part might result in the driver losing control, causing a fatal Woodland accident and leading to a run-off-road incident involving a rollover. The victim’s family can pursue financial compensation from the auto manufacturer and the distribution chain through an auto product liability lawsuit, facilitated by an accident lawyer.

Your injury lawyer can investigate to determine fault and gather the evidence to support your compensation claim. In some cases, multiple entities might have contributed to your accident. All those can be held liable for their share of your damages.

Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim for Compensation

The spouse and children of the deceased can pursue a wrongful death claim if negligence leads to their loved one’s death. They can seek damages for:

  • Lost wages and benefits the deceased would have earned up until retirement, including insurance and pension benefits.
  • Costs for funeral, burial, or cremation.
  • Compensation for the surviving spouse’s loss of affection and consortium.
  • Compensation for children’s loss of parental nurturing and guidance.
  • Compensation for the loss of household assistance is also claimable.

Below is a video featuring attorney Ed Smith discussing helpful information about wrongful death claims:


Wrongful Death Attorney in Woodland

I’m Ed Smith, a wrongful death attorney in Woodland. If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence on the road, our compassionate team is here to offer free and friendly advice. For immediate assistance, you can reach us at (530) 392-9400 or for calls from farther away, at (800) 404-5400. We’re also available online for contact via our online form

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Photo attribution: Image by Ri Butov from Pixabay

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