Man Killed in Stockton Hit-and-Run Crash
On September 18, 2022, the California Highway Patrol reported that a man was killed in what is believed to be a hit-and-run crash in Stockton. Officials received a report of a man on the road on SR-26 and Pinasco Road at approximately 4:37 a.m. CHP traffic officers said the man suffered injuries consistent with those being struck by a car. Sadly, he was declared deceased at the incident site.
Details on the Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed a Stockton Man
Family members of the man killed in the hit-and-run accident have identified him as Gabriel Martinez, 20, of Stockton. His family put up a cross and placed flowers where officials found Mr. Martinez on State Route 26 and Pinasco Road.
Loved ones said Mr. Martinez was a great kid with a smile that would light up the room. He is one of 11 grandchildren who is deeply missed by his close relatives. The family is searching for answers and hoping those with details on the incident will come forward.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim and How Can it Help Us?
As a surviving family member, nothing is more painful than never having the opportunity to say goodbye. This is especially true when a close relative was lost in an accident caused by a negligent party. California law recognizes the devastation survivors often face following a fatal incident and allows them to hold the other side accountable for their loss through a wrongful death claim. This civil case serves the purpose of making surviving family members whole again through non-economic and economic damages. For hit-and-run accident cases, survivors may turn to their insurance policy for uninsured motorist coverage to pay for resulting damages, even if the at-fault party is not located.
Financial recovery through a wrongful death case may help survivors cover unexpected costs like medical treatment for the decedent’s final injuries, funeral services, loss of financial support that the deceased provided to the family, and more. It may also compensate surviving family members for mental anguish and the loss of protection, companionship, and care they have all experienced because of the fatal incident. While no amount of compensation can make things right again for a grieving family, it may help provide them with a more secure future, particularly if the deceased was the primary provider of the household.
When a family decides to hold the other side liable for their loss, it is essential to bear in mind that there is a limited amount of time to do so. According to the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1, a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a loved one is generally limited to two years. Other filing criteria and deadlines may apply. Therefore, it is essential to work with a top-rated Stockton wrongful death lawyer right away. A skilled attorney from our law firm can help survivors after a fatal hit-and-run accident by working with a private investigator to track down the suspect driver and hold them liable for losses incurred. Learn how our legal team can help by watching this video.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Stockton
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. It can be devastating and stressful when your family has lost one of its members. The loss may impact all aspects of your life, from unexpected expenses and loss of support to immeasurable grief and pain. If this has happened in your family, contact our legal team today to discuss your potential case and learn how we can help you all seek justice and financial compensation at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. We offer free, friendly case advice.
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