I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton wrongful death attorney. A hit and run accident claimed the life of a woman in Stockton on August 17, 2018. The accident occurred along the Eighth Street off-ramp of Interstate 5 where a woman was fueling up her vehicle shortly after 1:00 a.m. For unknown reasons, a white van hit the woman and fled the scene in an unknown direction following the collision. Unfortunately, the woman succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Officials have yet to identify the victim due to pending notification of family members.
I would like to send my sincere condolences and support to all the close friends and family members of the woman who lost her life in this devastating accident.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the driver and van involved in the hit and run remain at large. The van is believed to have collision damage to the front right side of the vehicle and a broken passenger-side mirror. The van is also believed to have writing along the sides of the vehicle and a roof rack.
Hit and Run Accidents
Many people may be unsure of what to do after being injured or losing a loved one in a hit and run accident. When the party responsible for the crash cannot be located, there are other options available for recovering compensation. These may include medical payments coverage and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, which may both be claimed from insurance companies in the event of a hit and run causing injury or death. Contact an experienced attorney for more details.
Wrongful Death Claims
One of the most heart-wrenching and painful experiences that anyone can undergo is a death in the family. The loss of a loved one is often compounded if the death was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another. When this happens, a family may file a wrongful death claim against the party or entity responsible for the death to claim repayment for damages such as:
- Funeral and burial costs, medical bills, and other expenses related to a loved one’s death
- Emotional distress caused by the death
- Household services and financial support provided by the decedent
- Loss of consortium in the case of a spouse
- Retirement or pension losses resulting from an unexpected death
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Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim?
The time allowed to file a lawsuit in California is known as the statute of limitations. In cases of wrongful death, a claim must be filed two years from the date of the fatal incident. When a death occurs as a result of government negligence, the statute is even shorter with a deadline of six months or 180 days after the date of loss. Cases filed after the deadline may be dismissed by the court. It is essential to retain an experienced wrongful death attorney in Stockton for these types of cases to protect the statute and reach a favorable outcome on your behalf.
Stockton Wrongful Death Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton wrongful death attorney. A hit and run accident can leave a victim with injuries, medical expenses, and cost them time away from work. In these types of situations, an experienced attorney may be able to assist in obtaining fair compensation for damages incurred. Please feel free to contact me anytime at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly legal advice.
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