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Turlock DUI Accident Fatality

Turlock DUI Accident Fatality

A recent Turlock DUI accident fatality occurred near California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock. The incident happened near the intersection of East Monte Vista Road and Geer Road and involved two vehicles including a white Toyota sedan and a black Toyota pickup truck. One of the three occupants inside the Toyota sedan, identified as a 14-year-old girl, was reportedly ejected a short distance from the car. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries at the scene. I would like to send my condolences to the friends and family of the young girl who lost her life in this devastating accident.

Investigation of the Turlock DUI Accident Fatality

According to the Turlock Police Department, alcohol or drugs were believed to have contributed to this accident. Officers at the accident scene reported that the driver of the Toyota truck was impaired and was booked into the Stanislaus County jail on charges of driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury or death and vehicular manslaughter. However, it is unknown which intoxicant the driver was under the influence of, due to pending toxicology tests. A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family of the young girl during their time of loss and grief.

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is defined as a fatality caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another party or entity. When this happens, surviving family members of the decedent may file a claim for wrongful death against the responsible party for damages incurred. However, California law is specific about those who are entitled to compensation for a loved one’s wrongful death. To learn which parties may recover in a wrongful death claim, watch the following YouTube video.

What Damages May Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim helps cover expenses and losses incurred from a loved one’s unexpected passing. Some of the damages that may be recovered after a wrongful death car accident include:

  • Costs of a loved one’s funeral and burial
  • End-of-life medical bills
  • Household services provided by the decedent such as cooking, childcare, lawn maintenance, and more
  • Loss of consortium, if a spouse or domestic partner is pursuing a wrongful death claim
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of income for the household including loss of future earnings
  • Loss of affection, love, companionship, guidance, protection, and support
  • Mental anguish and pain

How a Turlock Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help

Coping with the loss of a family member, especially when caused by wrongful death, can be one of the most heartbreaking experiences to undergo in life. If this has happened to you or your family, do not hesitate to seek compassionate and professional legal assistance from an experienced wrongful death attorney in Turlock. An experienced attorney can help navigate a family through the legal process and communicate effectively with insurers to reach a favorable outcome on their behalf. While monetary compensation from a wrongful death claim will not relieve the pain of losing someone you love, it can help ease the financial burden of your loss.

Turlock Wrongful Death Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, a Turlock wrongful death lawyer. Grief from the loss of a family member is often compounded when that member is lost due to wrongful death. If you or your family are facing expenses related to the loss of a loved one, please feel free to call me anytime at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 for compassionate, free and friendly advice.

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