Two Die in Alameda Pickup Crash


Two Die in Alameda Pickup Crash

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a Berkeley car accident lawyer. A serious accident in Alameda on Memorial Day caused two fatalities and the hospitalization of six other people. The Alameda Police Department reported that five crash victims suffered injuries that were considered critical.

What Happened

The crash occurred at Lincoln Avenue and Park Street around 8:00 in the morning when a large pickup truck with seven people inside collided with a minivan with one person inside. The truck was reported to have severe damage from a rollover.

Result of the Collision

A 17-year-old female from Hayward riding inside the truck at the time of the crash was pronounced dead at the accident site. Another passenger in the vehicle, a male from Union City, also 17, was taken to an area hospital where he also died. The other crash victims from the truck are being treated in area hospitals. The woman driving the minivan was also injured in the crash. Her injuries were described as non-life threatening. She was also taken to a hospital nearby for treatment.

Accident Investigation

The accident is currently being investigated by a team from the Alameda Police Department. A representative of the APD reported that speed might have contributed to the crash.

Common Reasons for Accidents

Driver error is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. Disobeying traffic laws, distracted driving and driving while impaired all contribute to crashes. Rollovers caused 32.5 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014, according to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pickup trucks represented the second highest number of fatalities in rollovers, following utility trucks. Excessive speed also contributes to a large percentage of road fatalities. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that drivers who were traveling at 55 mph or faster when involved in a crash represented 48 percent of all fatalities.

Related Links:

Following an injury, what should I do first?

How does a lawyer determine how much my injury claim is worth?

What is a wrongful death claim?

What is the difference between wrongful death and a survival action?


Attorney Ed Smith

Berkeley Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Berkeley car accident lawyer. When you, or another member of your famil, have suffered traumatic injuries or have been killed in a motor vehicle crash caused by negligence, an experienced Berkeley personal injury attorney can help recover compensation that is fair and just. Call me at (510) 631-0200 today or at (800) 404-5400 if you reside outside the area code. The advice I offer is free and friendly.

Countless people every year face the tragedy of an injured family member or loved one’s death caused by the negligence of a driver. Whether it was the driver of another vehicle or your family member was a passenger at the time of a crash, an experienced attorney can help.

Since practicing personal injury law from 1982 to the present, I have helped many people in the Alameda-Berkeley area recover damages for the wrongful death of a loved one and motor vehicle injuries.

Million Dollar Advocates is a group with membership of the highest ranked trial attorneys around the country. I am honored to be a California member.

Previous client reviews can help you make that important decision on whether to call. Find mine on Avvo, Yelp and Google Plus. You are also welcome to check the information on some of the former Verdicts and Settlements that I have obtained for my clients.

Photo Attribution: accident-1497295_1920.jpg


Client Reviews

  • Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
  • Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation.
  • Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything.
  • Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime.
  • I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone.
  • Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury.