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West Sacramento Single-Vehicle Crash Kills Driver

Accident on Riverside Parkway Results in Fatality

A single-vehicle crash into a tree killed a driver in West Sacramento on February 4. The incident happened around 8:00 p.m. along Riverside Parkway between Reed Avenue and Tule Jake Road. Police were called about the accident and upon arrival saw that a vehicle had struck a tree and caught fire. 

Driver Perishes in Single-Vehicle Crash

Although the officers at the scene attempted to extricate the driver from the vehicle, they were unsuccessful as it became engulfed with flames. Personnel with the West Sacramento Fire Department arrived and extinguished the blaze, but it was too late to save the driver’s life.

Name of Driver Released

The young woman who died in the crash was identified as Danielle Draney, age 22, and a student at Sacramento State University. After her graduation in May, she intended to attend law school. A candlelight vigil is scheduled at the university ballrooms one and two on February 9 at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to attend. A GoFundMe site has been set up to help out with the funeral and burial costs.

Losing a Loved One in a Single Vehicle Crash

Family members frequently cannot believe that their loved one died. They are grief-stricken and feel helpless that they were not there to help. However, they are also angry and want to know why the single-vehicle crash happened. In short, they want answers above and beyond what the police report says. That is where can help. 

We do everything possible to ensure that another driver or a poorly manufactured vehicle was not the cause. We answer your questions at our free case review and strive to provide more information as the investigation proceeds. For many families, this gives them the closure they so desperately need. 

Reasons for a Single-Vehicle Crash

Although driver error is commonly thought to be the cause of a single-vehicle crash, there are numerous reasons why this type of accident occurs. Some of the most common are:

  • Accidents involving one vehicle may result from hit-and-runs or reckless drivers who leave the scene of the accident. Many do this because they don’t have insurance or because their license has expired, or others panic. A road rage-inflicted driver might force another car off the road, resulting in a single-vehicle accident. Drivers who are aggressive on the road are likely to have anger issues. Some get into verbal arguments with other drivers or tailgate and weave in and out of traffic. An injury lawyer can investigate an accident using accident reconstruction techniques to determine if another driver was involved.
  • Road maintenance problems such as potholes, debris, overgrown foliage, or non-functioning traffic lights can cause a single-vehicle crash. When this happens, the government agency in charge of road maintenance can be held responsible. In that case, a lawsuit against the city or state is filed. Such claims have a different timeline for filing, and a car accident lawyer will ensure that all documents are filed properly and in a timely manner. 
  • Mechanical problems can cause a single-vehicle crash. These range from tire failure to an accelerator sticking or brake issues. When this occurs, the manufacturer of these products can be held responsible by filing a product liability lawsuit. This is why it is important to preserve the vehicle after an accident. If the vehicle is not destroyed, our investigators examine it to prove liability. 

How Can Help

At our law firm, we make every effort to help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve. We start by sending our investigators to interview witnesses, look over the police report for mistakes and examine the accident scene. We look for road maintenance issues and other tell-tale signs of liability. We also examine the premises for surveillance cameras that will show the accident in real-time. After fully investigating the accident, the investigative data is given to our legal team to build a strong case in our client’s favor.

West Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer

My name is Ed Smith, and I am a West Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. If negligence was the cause of your loved one’s death, your family may wish to find out if they can file a wrongful death claim. You can contact us for compassionate, free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400. We can also be contacted at (800) 404-5400 or by sending us a message online.

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