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Update | Single-Vehicle Accident in Elk Grove Kills Driver

Fatal Accident Occurs Close to Laguna Boulevard When Driver Strikes Tree

A single-vehicle accident in Elk Grove killed the driver on November 2 after they lost control of their vehicle and struck a tree. Officers with the Elk Grove Police Department said they responded to the accident around 10:15 p.m., which occurred close to the Laguna Boulevard intersection with Laguna Main Street. The vehicle was found to have struck a tree located in the center median. 

Accident Being Investigated to Determine Why it Occurred

The driver, Angela Jean Deherrera, 35, of Elk Grove, died at the scene, officials said. A GoFundMe page has been created for Angela Deherrera in support of her family. The accident is under investigation by authorities to determine how the single-vehicle crash happened.

Losing Control in a Single-Vehicle Accident

Single-vehicle collisions are common. While most are caused by driver error, others may occur due to an outside influence. An accident attorney can investigate and determine the cause of the fatal collision, so the family may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

Defective Auto Parts Can Lead to a Collision

There are many different types of auto parts that can malfunction and cause an accident. Anything from brakes to tires to steering components can all break down and cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. In some cases, the defective part may not have shown any signs of malfunctioning until it suddenly failed and caused the accident. In these cases, it is possible that the grieving family may recover compensation by filing an auto products liability claim against the manufacturer.

Poor Road Conditions Can Cause a Single-Vehicle Accident

Poor road conditions are another common cause of single-vehicle collisions. If the roadway is full of potholes or has other defects, it can be very easy for a driver to lose control of their car. In some cases, the driver may not even see the hazard in time to avoid it. In these instances, the municipality or entity responsible for maintaining the roadways may be held liable for the accident. Because there is a time limit of six months to file against a government entity, getting help from an attorney may be a good idea.

An Animal Darting Out in Front of the Car 

A driver might lose control of their car and hit a tree in a single-vehicle accident if an animal darted out in front of the car. In many cases, the driver will not have enough time to react before hitting the animal. In these cases, it is often difficult to avoid hitting a tree since the animal may have caused the driver to swerve off of the road.

An Aggressive Driver Can Cause Another Motorist to Crash

Some single-vehicle accidents are caused by the actions of another driver. If an aggressive motorist cuts off the driver, it can cause them to swerve and hit a tree. In these cases, the aggressive driver may be held liable for the accident.

Elk Grove, CA Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove wrongful death attorney. We can be reached at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400 for friendly and free advice if your loved one died in an accident caused by the negligent actions of another person or entity. Our online contact form is also available if you prefer. 

We can review your case and determine if you can file a claim to recover compensation and what options you have by setting up a free, virtual or in-person consultation with one of our accident attorneys.

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