Four Fatal Crashes Across Bay Area
Five individuals suffered fatal injuries in four separate traffic crashes across the San Francisco Bay Area on August 27, 2023. The California Highway Patrol indicated that two of the collisions occurred in San Francisco, while two others happened in San Mateo and Dublin.
Details on the Fatal Four Separate Crashes Across the Bay Area
According to the California Highway Patrol, the first fatal incident was a vehicle versus pedestrian accident in San Francisco. It occurred on southbound I-280 in the vicinity of Highway 101 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sadly, the individual on foot suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The involved motorist was cooperative with officials.
The second deadly motor vehicle collision happened in Dublin in the area of I-280 and Eden Canyon shortly after 2:30 a.m. One individual was killed in the car wreck, officials said. The third accident took place around 4:00 a.m. and was described as a head-on collision. The crash occurred in San Francisco on northbound Highway 101 close to Silver Avenue and I-280. Two people were killed, officials said.
The last traffic accident occurred in San Mateo at approximately 3:00 a.m. The incident involved a black SUV which was initially involved in a single-vehicle crash with a concrete pillar. A second vehicle allegedly collided with the SUV. Sadly, the SUV driver died. It was unclear if the motorist was killed due to the first or second crash. A passenger in the second car was hospitalized, CHP traffic officers said.
Things to Know About Wrongful Death Cases
The sudden loss of a close relative may take a toll on survivors, especially if another party is responsible for the fatal incident. When this is the case, surviving family members may take action against the at-fault party. It must be proven that the other side caused the accident that claimed the life of a loved one. In cases of wrongful death, it must be established through clear evidence that the defendant owed a duty of care, the at-fault party’s negligence breached that duty, the breach was the direct cause of the loss of life, and survivors suffered damages.
There is a deadline of two years for cases of wrongful death, per CCP 335.1. The two-year statute of limitations generally starts on the date of the fatal incident. Some exceptions may apply. For instance, if a government entity is named a defendant, a different time limit applies. In these cases, a deadline of 180 days or six months must be followed. This is by the California Government Code Section 911.2. Surviving family members do not have to handle the filing criteria and deadlines in their case alone. An experienced California wrongful death attorney can manage the details so they can focus on grieving.
Importance of Evidence in a Wrongful Death Auto Accident Case
While it may be challenging to conduct an in-depth investigation while coping with grief and loss, it is often necessary to bring a successful claim for damages. As such, surviving family members may benefit greatly from having a knowledgeable California wrongful death lawyer on their side. An attorney will work to gather evidence in support of the claim, including traffic incident reports, video surveillance footage, pictures of the crash site, medical records, testimony from experts, and more.
An experienced attorney can bring in expert witnesses to provide testimony in support of the case. This may include an accident reconstruction specialist who can testify on the sequence of events leading up to the fatal incident. Learn how our legal team at AutoAccident.com can help you and your family with your case by scheduling a free case evaluation. Before doing so, we invite you to watch this video.
Wrongful Death Lawyer in California
The loss of a loved one in an accident is a tragedy and no family expects to lose a close relative due to the recklessness or negligence of another party. The unfortunate reality is that fatal accidents are not uncommon in California. Drivers often make careless mistakes that may result in fatal consequences for others. Thankfully, there is legal recourse for surviving family members. Learn how our California wrongful death lawyers can help you and your family by scheduling a free consultation at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. Our legal team is here to review your potential case and provide free, friendly advice.
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