Solo-Vehicle Crash Near Rancho Murieta Causes Fatalities

Fatalities Reported in Solo-Vehicle Crash on Irish Hill Road

A solo-vehicle crash in Amador County on March 2 caused three fatalities after the driver struck a tree near Rancho Murieta. The accident happened during the afternoon hours at the Irish Hill Road intersection with Carbondale, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). An adult male and two minors died in the collision. It is unknown at this time why the driver lost control of their vehicle. An investigation is being conducted by the CHP to determine how the solo-vehicle crash happened.

Roadway Negligence as a Cause of a Solo-Vehicle Crash

The roads and highways in many parts of the country are maintained by government entities such as state and municipal departments of transportation. As a result, when roadways become unsuitable for driving due to poor design or inadequate maintenance, responsibility for injuries or fatalities may rest with the governmental agency. In some cases, those injured in a solo-vehicle accident can seek damages from these government entities for negligence in maintaining a safe roadway if the collision was caused or contributed to by an unsafe condition on the road.

The legal process for filing a roadway negligence claim against a government entity is complex and often requires assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney. It is important to note that government claims must typically be filed within six months or the right to damages may be lost. An attorney can help ensure that all legal requirements for filing a claim are met and your rights are fully protected.

Defective Auto Parts Can Lead to a Fatal Accident

It’s important to be aware that defective auto parts can lead to an accident. Issues such as broken or loose suspension, brakes and steering components can cause a vehicle to malfunction in various ways. Malfunctioning tires, airbags, oil filters and other components may also cause accidents. An auto product liability claim may be placed against the manufacturer and others if a defect is found that led to the accident.

Recoverable Damages Following a Wrongful Death

When a death is caused due to another person’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing, the surviving family members may be able to recover damages under California wrongful death laws. These damages can help provide financial support as well as compensate for the loss of companionship and emotional suffering endured by the deceased’s loved ones.

The types of recoverable damages in a California wrongful death action vary depending on the circumstances of the case. Generally, these damages may include:

  • Lost wages and benefits that the deceased would have earned had they not died
  • Loss of economic support from the deceased (e.g., childcare, housework, etc.)
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium, companionship, care and protection for the surviving family members
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress suffered by the surviving family members due to the death. 

Rancho Murieta Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Murieta personal injury lawyer. You might want to find out if you can file a wrongful death claim if your loved ones were lost in an accident caused by negligence. We can provide compassionate and free, friendly advice if you contact us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. We also have an online form you can use to contact us. A free in-person or virtual meeting can be arranged with one of our experienced accident attorneys to examine your case, answer questions and let you know how you may recover the compensation you deserve.

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