Multiple Fatality Accident Occurs on Highway 12
A two-vehicle crash in Rio Vista on July 27 killed four people and injured six others. The accident happened along Highway 12, close to Somerset Drive, around 8:15 p.m. A total of 10 people were involved, according to a spokesperson for the Rio Vista Fire Department.
Six People Transported to Hospitals as Four Die at Accident Scene
The four who died perished at the accident scene. Officials have recently identified the decedents as a 20-year-old Rancho Cordova man, two 18-year-old women, and a woman in her early 70s named Laura Poiret. A GoFundMe page has been created on behalf of the Rancho Cordova man to help pay for funeral costs. A separate GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of one of the 18-year-old women to help cover final resting expenses.
The other six casualties were transported to hospitals in the area by ambulance. However, no additional information was provided on the extent of injuries those people suffered.
Fatal Two-Vehicle Crash Under Investigation
The accident is under investigation by the Rio Vista Police Department with assistance from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office as well as the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Later news reports stated that seven people vacationing in Northern California from Mexico were traveling in a Suburban SUV. One person in that vehicle died in the crash.
Authorities Report Alcohol Found at Scene of Fatal Crash
The other three people who died in the two-vehicle crash were in a Honda Civic. Officers with the Rio Vista Police Department confirmed that alcohol was found in one of the vehicles and tossed out at the site of the crash. The investigation into the collision is ongoing.
A Two-Vehicle Crash Caused by Negligence
Traffic accidents are mostly caused by negligence. There are a number of causes for this problem, including:
- Distracted driving
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Auto defects
- Government negligence
The job of a wrongful death attorney includes determining what type of negligence led to the accident, including in a two-vehicle crash. Grieving families can thus recover compensation by filing a claim. Their grief will not be eased by it, of course. However, filing a wrongful death claim may help them cope with the financial difficulties that often accompany accident fatalities in the family. By bringing a lawsuit against the at-fault party, the family members may receive justice and closure, which helps them go on.
Fatality Compensation After a Two-Vehicle Crash
In order to file a wrongful death claim, you have two options. Those who want to place a claim may do so either through the estate administrator or by joining together with immediate family members. The term “immediate family member” refers to the spouse or putative spouse and their children. Parents and siblings are allowed to file if the deceased died without a spouse or children. There can, however, only be one claim placed. Damages can be recovered in the following ways:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Decedent’s expected earnings, including any benefits or bonuses they usually received, until retirement age
- The spouse may claim loss of consortium
- Loss of guidance and nurture may be claimed by the offspring of the deceased
- The loss of chores performed by the deceased around the house may be recovered
Rio Vista Personal Injury Lawyer
I am Ed Smith, a Rio Vista personal injury lawyer. A wrongful death occurs when someone dies because of another person’s negligent actions. If your loved one died in an accident that never should have happened, you can contact us at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for our free and friendly advice on whether you can file a wrongful death claim. We can also be messaged online.
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