Head-On Crash on Old River Road Results in a Fatality
A fatality was reported near Woodland on May 24 following a head-on crash on Old River Road. The accident happened near County Road 122 near the Elkhorn Regional Park just after 6:00 a.m. The two vehicles involved were a Ford F-150 pickup and a 4-door sedan, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
County Coroner Called to Scene
Medics with the Yolo County Fire Department were called to the scene, as well as the coroner. West Sacramento Police assisted in the road closure as the accident scene was cleared. Air ops were also called in.
One Fatality Reported in Head-On Crash
One fatality was reported, and no information on injuries was provided. Both of the vehicles involved in the head-on crash sustained major front-end damage. CHP traffic accident investigators are determining fault in the collision and how it occurred.
Recovering Compensation Following a Wrongful Death in the Family
If you have recently experienced the wrongful death of a family member from a head-on crash or other accident, it is important to understand your rights and options for recovering compensation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding their passing, there may be avenues of legal recourse available to you and other family members who are affected by the death.
Wrongful Death Claims
In most cases, wrongful death claims are brought against negligent parties who owed a duty of care to the deceased person but failed in that responsibility. Wrongful death claims are civil suits that can seek monetary damages from an at-fault party or parties. All wrongful death cases are different. However, your family may be able to recover damages to pay for the following:
- Funeral and burial expenses are recoverable.
- Earnings of the deceased loved one can be recovered until their regular retirement age. This can include their pension and insurance benefits, bonuses, tips and other monies they usually receive. If the individual was self-employed, tax statements and other records can be used to establish their earnings.
- The spouse of the deceased may make a claim for the loss of consortium, emotional support and love that was lost.
- Children (including those who were adopted or stepchildren who received half their support from the decedent) may place a claim for the loss of parenting, guidance, and nurturing.
- Loss of household help can be claimed because the family now has to pay or find someone else to do things the decedent performed on a regular basis. For example, lawn and vehicle care, childcare, tax preparation and others may be financially reimbursed.
- In some cases, loss of inheritance may be compensated.
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Woodland Wrongful Death Lawyer
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