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Wheelchair-Bound Woman Killed in Big Rig Crash in Arden-Arcade

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July 07, 2024
Edward Smith

Big Rig Crash Kills Disabled Woman on Fulton Avenue

A big rig crash in Arden-Arcade on July 5 led to the death of a woman in a wheelchair. The accident occurred, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), as the woman was crossing the Fulton Avenue intersection with Alta Arden Expressway around 10:20 a.m. At the same time, the big rig, was stopped at a light on westbound Alta Arden Expressway and began a turn onto Fulton. 

Big Rig Crash and Pedestrian Death Being Investigated

As the trucker was turning, his vehicle struck the wheelchair-bound woman. She was declared dead at the scene of the big rig crash. According to police, impairment was not expected as a factor in the crash. Both the female pedestrian and the truck had a green light. The CHP traffic collision unit is conducting an investigation into the incident.

Introduction to Wrongful Death Claims

A wrongful death claim is a legal action that can be pursued when someone dies because of another person’s or entity’s negligence or an intentional act. This type of claim allows the deceased’s family members and loved ones to seek compensation for their loss and hold responsible parties accountable.

What Is Considered Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death can occur in several ways, such as traffic collisions, dangerous products, and others. For a death to be considered wrongful, it must have been caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing.

Eligibility to File a Wrongful Death Claim in a Big Rig Crash

Close family members of the deceased in a big rig crash caused by the driver, such as the spouse and children, are the primary parties eligible to file a wrongful death claim. If the deceased had no spouse or children, their parents and siblings may file the claim. If the decedent had a will, the estate administrator is also authorized to file. As only a single claim is permissible, a decision must be made regarding the distribution of any benefits from the wrongful death claim.

Staying Within the Statute of Limitations When Filing a Claim

Individuals seeking to file a wrongful death claim following the loss of a loved one in a pedestrian accident need to do so within two years from the date of the accident. Failure to file within this period will result in the court dismissing the case. Enlisting the help of a wrongful death lawyer can be beneficial, as they can manage the claim, including negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company, allowing the family to grieve without the added stress of legal proceedings.

For more information on wrongful death claims, check out this video from accident attorney Ed Smith:


Wrongful Death Attorney in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a dedicated wrongful death attorney in Sacramento. Losing a loved one is painful, and it is even more devastating when caused by a negligent driver. If you’re seeking free and friendly advice on whether you can file a wrongful death claim, please contact us at (916) 921-6400. You can also reach us at (800) 404-5400 or send us an online message.

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Photo attribution: Image by Katie Phillips from Pixabay

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