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Two Yreka Residents Fatally Injured After Tree Falls on Car

Two Yreka Residents Suffer Deadly Injuries After Tree Falls on Car

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, two Yreka residents suffered deadly injuries after a tree fell on their vehicle. California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that the accident happened in Del Norte County outside of Crescent City and that only one car was involved in the crash. At this time, Del Norte County officials are still withholding the identities of the decedents, and the crash is under CHP investigation.

Crash Information 

The accident happened just before 12:00 p.m. on Highway 199 to the north of the Walker Road intersection about three miles northeast of Crescent City. According to CHP, a 2016 Honda Accord was heading south on the highway when a massive redwood tree fell over and landed directly on top of the vehicle, snapping the tree in half and crushing the Honda’s roof.

After the accident was reported, CHP sent personnel to the site. At the crash location, emergency officials found that both the passenger, a 45-year-old woman, and the driver, a 36-year-old man, had sustained critical trauma. Tragically, both individuals were declared deceased on-site.


As an investigation into this accident continues, police haven’t indicated what factors could have played a role. Falling trees can be very dangerous and, often, fatal tree accidents are considered the responsibility of governments charged with the duty of maintaining the safety of public areas.

Furthermore, investigating a fatal accident with no survivors is a very difficult job and police may overlook critical evidence. Sadly, if evidence isn’t uncovered, families and dependents of decedents might not be able to claim fair compensation for their losses through a wrongful death claim. To ensure you and your family receive a fair, full investigation, it is best to reach out for assistance from a Yreka wrongful death lawyer who has ample experience conducting private accident investigations.

Roof Crush Injuries and Liability

If a vehicle roof crushes inward, it is likely to cause major injuries. For this reason, vehicle manufactures are expected to build their vehicles to adequate safety standards so that occupants are protected in the event of an accident. If a vehicle roof is proven to be weak or poorly designed, the company that manufactured the car might be considered an at-fault party in a wrongful death case.

However, your attorney has to be able to prove that the vehicle roof wasn’t built properly. For this reason, you should make sure to preserve the wrecked car following the accident.

Finding an Excellent Attorney

Fatal accidents can leave families in a very difficult situation, and wrongful death cases are an important part of recovering personally and financially. Because of this, you should be sure that your attorney is experienced and knowledgeable enough to handle your case effectively. To learn about how to easily get in touch with a trusted attorney in your area, watch this video:

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I’m Ed Smith, a Yreka wrongful death lawyer. If a member of your family or someone you love died in a vehicle accident, please reach out to us at either (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900 so that we can provide you with free, friendly advice.

Our law firm has worked with people in Yreka and other Northern CA cities for 38 years. You can read about us and our work on our website, where we have a list of settlements and verdicts. Additionally, you can find personal feedback from our clients on these review platforms:

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