Modesto Man Killed After Highway 99 Truck Accident
A Modesto man was killed after a truck accident on Highway 99 on February 14, 2020. The crash occurred around 9:00 a.m. on northbound SR-99 just south of Hammett Road, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). A 2004 Honda minivan was reportedly parked on the east shoulder of the highway. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Honda exited his vehicle and was struck by an oncoming big rig. First responders were called to the scene where they located the injured man. Sadly, he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials have identified him as 42-year-old Benjamin Wheeler of Modesto.
Loved One Forever Remembered
Benjamin Wheeler was a beloved member of his family and community. He served his community as a former director for the juvenile justice ministry at Christ Central Valley and chaplain at Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall. He will be forever remembered by those who knew and loved him as a caring and passionate minister for people who needed guidance during the most challenging times of their lives. A GoFundMe account has been established on behalf of Mr. Wheeler’s family to help cover bills and funeral expenses.
Loss of a Family Member After a Highway 99 Truck Accident
The unexpected death of a close relative can cause emotional pain and financial difficulties for the family they leave behind. California law allows for a wide array of options for families seeking damages through a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death lawyer from Modesto, who has the experience and resources can help a family navigate the wrongful death claims process. A lawyer can explain what options are available after the loss of a loved one, and help prove economic and noneconomic damages, such as:
- Costs of end of life medical treatment (recoverable through a survival action)
- Expenses for a loved one’s funeral and burial
- Loss of affection, companionship, and moral support
- Lost future earnings, benefits, inheritance, and other financial contributions
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Punitive damages may be recovered from the negligent party for egregious misconduct (e.g., excessive speeding or driving while impaired)
For a brief breakdown of the wrongful death claims process, watch the video below.
Is There a Time Limit to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In California, a family member of the decedent has two years from the date of a wrongful death truck accident to file a claim. This is by the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1. If a case is not filed within the deadline, it will likely be dismissed by the court. This is why it is essential to meet with a wrongful death lawyer in Modesto as soon as possible. An attorney can review the details of your case and provide you with some potential options for recovery.
Why Do We Need a Lawyer?
Insurance companies representing truckers and their employers often try to take advantage of a family’s vulnerable situation by offering low-ball amounts for their wrongful death cases. Such settlement offers do not take into account the full value of a loved one’s life. Only an experienced Modesto wrongful death lawyer knows how much your loved one meant to you and will ensure you will not settle for less than what you and your family deserve.
Wrongful Death Lawyers in Modesto
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto wrongful death lawyer. The loss of a close relative in a truck accident is devastating, especially if it was the result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. While no amount of money can ever replace a family member, a wrongful death claim can a family through the grieving process with the financial stability they need and deserve. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, please call me at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 to receive my free, friendly advice.
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