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Solo Vehicle Accident in Sacramento Results in Two Fatalities

Two People Killed in I-80 Accident Near Raley Boulevard

A solo vehicle accident in Sacramento on January 12 killed both people inside after they were ejected. The accident happened along I-80 near the Raley Boulevard off-ramp. The incident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated that the collision occurred around 1:10 in the morning and involved a Toyota Prius. 

Driver and Passenger Ejected in Solo Vehicle Accident

The driver of the Prius was believed by police to have been going at an extreme speed when the solo vehicle accident happened as it crashed into a tree and was split in half. The two people who were ejected expired at the scene of the solo vehicle crash. One was identified as a Sacramento man, age 35. 

Accident Scene Takes Several Hours to Clear

The name of the other man who died in the solo vehicle accident is pending identification and notification of the family by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. The accident scene was cleared by 3:35 a.m. Traffic was reportedly unimpacted. The collision investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Compensation Can Be Claimed Following a Wrongful Death

Since 1982, the injury lawyers at our law firm have successfully obtained compensation for many grieving families after they’ve lost a loved one due to wrongful death. A wrongful death occurs when negligence was the cause of a person’s demise, such as in a solo vehicle accident, motorcycle or bicycle collision, or one due to an outside influence. Although obtaining compensation does not ease the grief experienced by family members, it helps them avoid the financial repercussions of that loss and can bring a sense of justice and closure to them. 

What Damages Can Be Claimed in a Wrongful Death?

Members of the immediate family or the administrator of the deceased’s estate can file a claim for wrongful death. Some of the areas in which wrongful death compensation can be awarded include:

  • The end-of-life expenses can be recovered.
  • Wages, pension benefits, insurance, usual bonuses, and other monies that the decedent could have made until retirement age had they lived can be recovered.
  • The surviving spouse, putative spouse or domestic partner can recover damages for the loss of consortium, comfort, moral support and affection they would have received from the decedent.
  • Children of the deceased, whether natural or adopted, can recover damages for the loss of training and guidance. If stepchildren were supported by at least 50 percent by the decedent, they may join the claim. Children of deceased children of the decedent may join the claim also.
  • Loss of inheritance can be recovered.
  • If the lost family member lived for a time before they passed away, a survival action can be filed. This offers the same recovery of damages as a wrongful death but includes the medical expenses the decedent incurred before they died.
  • Loss of service can be claimed, which are the household tasks the decedent performed.
  • If an egregious or intentional act was the cause of the death, the family may request punitive damages. Punitive damages are not compensation for the family’s loss. They are meant to punish the offender and discourage this type of behavior and can be filed in a survival action.

In the video that follows, Sacramento wrongful death lawyer Ed Smith explains a wrongful death claim:

Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. When a family member dies because of a driver who was negligent, the family or estate of the deceased may file a claim for wrongful death. Get in touch with us for our compassionate, free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. We can be reached online also.

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Photo attribution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9-lg0clbRM; Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay 

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