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Modesto Man Killed in Car Accident on Oakdale-Waterford Highway

Modesto Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Wreck

Officials reported that a 54-year-old man from Modesto was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on the night of Friday, July 2, 2021. The car accident involved a 2001 Chevrolet, and it occurred on the Oakdale-Waterford Highway shortly before 10:30 p.m.

Details on the Single-Vehicle Wreck That Claimed the Life of a Modesto Man

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Chevrolet was headed southbound on the Oakdale-Waterford Highway when the vehicle veered off the roadway, overturned several times, and came to a rest in an orchard.

First responders were called to the scene to aid the sole occupant of the vehicle, CHP traffic officers reported. Sadly, the driver was declared deceased on the scene. His name has been withheld due to pending family notification.

Wrongful Death Claims for Fatal Crashes in California

The loss of a close relative is never easy for the family left behind to accept and come to terms with. This is especially true if the death occurred because of a preventable car accident. When this happens, surviving family members may seek compensation and justice for their loss through a wrongful death claim. While no amount of money can undo the devastation and grief resulting from the unexpected loss of a loved one, compensation from a wrongful death case may help survivors build a more secure future.

A wrongful death case is comprised of two types of damages: economic and non-economic. Economic damages reflect financial losses, whereas non-economic consider intangible ones. Survivors may be compensated for the costs of medical treatment leading up to a close relative’s death as well as expenses for funeral services. They may also seek damages for the loss of a loved one’s care, support, and companionship. If surviving family members were dependent on the deceased individual for financial support, they may bring a claim for loss of future earnings. Aside from non-economic and economic damages, survivors may seek punitive damages from the at-fault party as a way of punishing them for egregious conduct.

As with any case, there is a statute of limitations that must be met. If a lawsuit is not filed within the two-year deadline, as outlined in the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1, the court may dismiss the case and survivors cannot recover damages. If your family is considering taking legal action against those responsible for your loss, do not delay. Reach out to an experienced Modesto wrongful death lawyer to represent you in your case immediately. The sooner you retain an attorney, the more time your lawyer has to build a strong case for fair compensation. To learn what to look for in the best lawyer, view this video.

What Survivors Should Know About Fatal Single-Vehicle Crashes

In some wrongful death claims for fatal car accidents, the insurance company representing the other party may contact surviving family members and attempt to give them a quick settlement offer. With expenses mounting, survivors may be persuaded into accepting it. However, it is essential for families to understand that initial settlement offers are offered in hopes of them accepting without realizing the true extent of their losses. For this reason, it is essential to work with a lawyer who has experience in handling wrongful death matters.

The attorneys at our law firm can conduct an independent investigation of your close relative’s death and identify all negligent parties, including government entities for road defects and automakers for faulty vehicle equipment. We will ensure all at-fault parties are brought to justice and will protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process. Contact us today to learn more and receive free, friendly advice.

Car Accident Lawyer in Modesto

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto car accident lawyer. The loss of a loved one is one of the hardest moments in life. When it was caused by someone else’s negligence, the sudden loss may be compounded by confusion and anger. At our law firm, we want you and your family to know that you all are not alone. We are here to help you seek justice and financial recovery for the losses you all have faced. To receive compassionate, free, and friendly advice on your case, call (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.

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