Single-Vehicle Crash Causes Death of Galt Resident

Single-Vehicle Crash Causes Death of Galt Resident

A Galt, California man was killed on November 1 after losing control of his vehicle in a single-vehicle crash. After the driver lost control, the vehicle passed down an embankment and into the Sacramento River. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident occurred around 8:00 in the evening. The Ford Mustang was being driven by a 42-year-old man, who has not yet been identified by the coroner’s office. Emergency responders from the Walnut Grove Fire Department arrived at the crash site and removed the driver from his vehicle; however, he died at the scene. The CHP said that neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been a factor in the single-vehicle crash. Officer Franchini at 916-681-2300 is the person to call if you have any information about the accident.

Losing a Loved One in a Sudden Death

It is never easy to lose a loved one, however, it is especially traumatic if that loss occurs suddenly. A premature death brings us the realization that nothing is forever, and each day is precious. It is unjust and riddled with questions. It is also accompanied by feelings of anger, grief and abandonment. During this time, it is important for family members to bond together and help one another. Some ways to do this are:

  • Talk about the accident: A popular misconception is that it is better to talk about other things to not upset the family. In some instances, this may be true. However, answering questions or discussing the accident is often helpful for a grieving person. Loved ones want to know what happened, how the person died, and why they were taken away. Many questions cannot be answered, but many others can.
  • Let the bereaved face their grief: There are many things that need to be done after a family member’s death. This includes burial and funeral arrangements and dealing with the insurance company. If possible, allow the person the time they need to assimilate the grief they feel. Friends, family and your attorney can all deal with the things that need to be handled.
  • Help with basic needs: Sometimes, the emotions the family is feeling are repressed as they busy themselves with tasks. This includes making meals for themselves or finding the time to rest. It is helpful for others to bring meals to the person’s home and offer to do anything that will give them time. 
  • Help with tedious jobs: After a death, the family member’s mind may be on their loved one’s demise and not on the task at hand. This is true of routine tasks but also dangerous ones such as driving. It might be prudent to offer to take them wherever they need to go. 

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

While filing a wrongful death claim will not return your loved one, it does help with financial loss related to their demise and might assist the family find justice against the negligent party. In California, a spouse, children, siblings, parents, or, in some cases, grandparents can do this. The claim can provide compensation for funeral and burial costs, the income the decedent earned or would have made in the future and loss of consortium. Your personal injury lawyer can help with this.

Watch the following video presented by attorney Ed Smith on wrongful death claims:


Galt Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Galt wrongful death lawyer. Not every single-vehicle crash is caused by the driver. If you feel that your loved one was lost due to negligence, give me a call at (209) 227-1931 or at (800) 404-5400 for my free and friendly advice. Others find that contacting me online is more convenient.

Since 1982, I’ve helped many people in this area in all types of car accidents, crashes due to government entity negligence, and traumatic injuries.

I belong to the Million Dollar Advocates, a group for lawyers who have won more than $1 million for a previous client. I’m also a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, which is for lawyers who uphold the highest standards in the law.

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