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Suspected DUI May Have Caused Major Yuba City Crash

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June 05, 2024
Edward Smith

Yuba City Crash on Highway 20 Crash Causes Fatality and Multiple Injuries

A major Yuba City crash on May 2 that killed one peon and sent others to the hospital may have been caused by a drunk driver. The accident was reported at the Highway 20 intersection with El Margarita Road around 8:42 p.m. According to the Yuba City Police Department, a 39-year-old woman in an SUV passed through a stop sign and entered the wrong lane on Highway 20. 

Passenger Killed and Others Injured in Yuba City Crash

The woman’s car crashed head-on with a pickup. Bryan Alejandro Rodriguez-Duran, a 27-year-old passenger from Colusa, died in the collision. The six others riding in the pickup suffered injuries that were non-life-threatening and were taken to a hospital. The SUV driver and a child in the vehicle were also transported to a hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening. 

Police Investigating to Determine If Drunk Driving Contributed to the Accident

Police are conducting an investigation into the Yuba city crash. However, they suspect the SUV driver was under the influence of alcohol. If this is determined, charges could be filed by the Sutter County District Attorney’s office. 

Wrongful Death Claim Compensation

When a negligent driver causes a fatal Yuba City crash, the family of the deceased has the right to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. Such claims are essential for addressing the multifaceted financial and emotional burdens placed on survivors. Compensation that the family might recover includes:

  • Lost wages and benefits: The compensation may cover the projected earnings and benefits the deceased would have provided up to their expected retirement age. This consideration ensures the family’s financial stability by accounting for the long-term impact of the loss of income.
  • Funeral and other end-of-life expenses: The costs of burial, funeral services, and other end-of-life expenses can be enormous. Compensation for these expenses alleviates the immediate financial strain on the family.
  • Loss of love, support, and companionship: A surviving spouse can claim compensation for the profound emotional losses they face, which include loss of love, companionship, guidance, and support. 
  • Support for dependent children: Children who depend on the deceased for financial support and parental guidance can receive compensation to ensure their stable upbringing.
  • Potential loss of inheritance: The heirs of the deceased might also recover compensation for the potential inheritance they are now denied due to the premature death. It takes into account the assets and wealth the deceased would have accumulated and passed down.
  • Costs of outsourcing household tasks: The loss of a family member often means losing someone who performed numerous household tasks like tax preparation, yard work, auto maintenance, cleaning, and cooking. Compensation can help cover the costs of hiring professionals or services to perform these duties.

Below, accident lawyer Ed Smith explains some key points you need to know about wrongful death claims in his video:


Wrongful Death Lawyer in Yuba City

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a wrongful death lawyer in Yuba City. If you need information on filing a compensation claim due to the negligence that caused your loved one’s death, please reach out to us. You can receive friendly, free advice and a case review by calling our accident attorneys at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. Alternatively, you can use our online contact form to get in touch.

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Photo attribution: Image by Katie Phillips from Pixabay

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