Manteca Single-Vehicle Crash Causes Four Fatalities

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April 17, 2024
Edward Smith

Car Exits Roadway in Manteca Single-Vehicle Crash

A Manteca single-vehicle crash on April 13 left four people dead, including a child and an infant. The collision occurred on westbound Highway 120 around 10:15 p.m. when the Toyota Sienna Minivan driver lost control, causing the vehicle to end up underneath near an underpass on Van Ryn Avenue. The Toyota rolled over and caught fire, trapping seven people inside, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP)

Good Samaritans Help Those in Burning Vehicle in Manteca Single-Vehicle Crash

All of the people inside the minivan probably would have perished except for the quick thinking of around 15 good Samaritans who stopped to help. Those who were already helping were flagging people down in the roadway to join them. The crowd of people, including some high schoolers who were dressed for their prom, helped upright the van and managed to extricate four children, including the infant who died. One woman, whose husband helped to right the van, attempted CPR on the infant. The three surviving youngsters are currently hospitalized with major injuries.

Officials Determining Cause of Manteca Single-Vehicle Crash

Officers stated that the minivan was traveling about 60 to 65 mph when the accident occurred, and the roadway was still damp from the recent rain. At least one of the people who died in the crash was not using a seat restraint. The CHP traffic collision unit is conducting an investigation to determine why the accident happened. 

Single-Vehicle Accidents and Their Causes

There are many reasons a Manteca single-vehicle crash can occur. For example, an aggressive or hit-and-run driver, a defect in the vehicle or roadway damage can lead to an accident. If it can be shown that negligence by another person or entity was the cause, the family can file a wrongful death claim.

Seeking Justice Through a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

When negligence leads to a loved one’s untimely demise, the deceased’s family is entitled to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit. Should the deceased have been a minor, their legal guardians or parents can lodge the claim. In cases where there are no surviving spouses or children, parents and siblings may pursue a wrongful death action. Compensation for a wrongful death claim resulting from a tragic rollover accident may encompass:

  • The deceased’s lost earnings, which would have continued until retirement, along with benefits like pension plans and healthcare coverage, are recoverable.
  • Expenses related to funeral services, burial, or cremation are compensable.
  • Spouses may seek damages for the loss of companionship and conjugal benefits.
  • Offspring are entitled to compensation for the absence of parental care and guidance.
  • Compensation for the loss of services the deceased provided around the home is also available.

Wrongful death lawyer Ed Smith explains the process of initiating a wrongful death lawsuit in the featured video:


Manteca Wrongful Death Attorney

Hello, I’m Ed Smith, a Manteca wrongful death attorney. If you need legal advice about filing a wrongful death claim, including free and friendly advice, you can call our team of accident lawyers at (209) 227-1931. Additionally, we’re available through our website’s contact form or by phoning (800) 404-5400 for a no-cost consultation. During this time, we’ll evaluate your case thoroughly and discuss your potential for receiving compensation.

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Photo attribution: Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

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