Fatal Single-Vehicle-Accident on I-5 Near Hood Franklin Road
A late-night single-vehicle crash near Elk Grove resulted in the deaths of two people and serious injuries to two others. The accident happened about 12:15 a.m. on September 20 on Interstate 5 northbound, close to Hood Franklin Road. The vehicle was reportedly speeding at around 70 mph, according to authorities, when the motorist lost control of their car and crashed.
Three People Ejected from Car in Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash
The car exited the roadway, which caused the vehicle to overturn a number of times and cartwheel, according to the South Sacramento California Highway Patrol (CHP). The driver of the vehicle, an Elk Grove man, age 21, was taken to a hospital and was declared dead. A Stockton man, age 20, was a passenger in the rear seat and ejected during the accident. Personnel with the Cosumnes CSD Fire Department declared him dead at the accident scene. None of the people in the vehicle were wearing seat restraints at the time the single-vehicle crash occurred.
Single-Vehicle Crash Under Investigation by Authorities
Another front-seat passenger was also ejected and transported to a hospital. The only passenger in the vehicle who wasn’t ejected and was riding in the rear seat crawled out and phoned 911 for help. The CHP reported that there were no additional witnesses to the accident. An investigation into the single-vehicle crash is being conducted by authorities.
Filing for Wrongful Death
The loss of a loved one in a single-vehicle crash is always devastating, but when the death is caused by someone else’s negligence, it can be especially difficult to cope with. A wrongful death claim is filed by the surviving family members of the deceased against the party who caused the death. To succeed in a wrongful death claim, the family must show that the fatality was caused by the negligent or wrongful act of another and that they have suffered damages as a result.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit because you were injured in a single-vehicle crash, it is important to understand the different damages that may be available to you. There are two main damages that can be awarded in a personal injury case: economic/non-economic damages.
Non-Economic and Economic Damages
Non-economic damages reimburse the injured party for their intangible losses and include pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. Economic damages provide compensation to the injured party for their financial losses. This can include medical expenses and lost wages. Even someone who is a passenger in the vehicle can file a claim.
Contacting an Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident or have lost a loved one because of a negligent driver, contact a personal injury lawyer today to discuss your legal options. Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you owe them nothing unless your case is won.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Elk Grove
I am Ed Smith, an Elk Grove personal injury lawyer. If your loved one died or you were injured in an accident because the driver was negligent, you may be able to claim damages from the at-fault party. Contact us for compassionate, free and friendly advice about the possibility of filing a claim at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400. An online contact form is also available.
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