Head-On Crash on New York Flat Road Kills Woman in Pickup
A fatal head-on crash in Yuba County involving two pickups occurred on September 23 that took the life of an El Dorado Hills woman. The accident happened near Forbestown along New York Flat Road around 6:45 p.m. In the incident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the woman was driving a Ford F-250 along the road when it collided with a Ford F-150, driven by a man, age 44. The woman driver was ejected from her pickup when it rolled over in the accident.
Woman Who Died in Head-On Crash Not Wearing Seat Restraints
The driver of the Ford F-250 pickup was reportedly not using seat restraints at the time of the crash. She reportedly died at the accident scene. The driver of the other pickup was using seat restraints and was uninjured in the crash.
Accident Investigation Ongoing by Authorities
The accident investigation by the CHP is ongoing. The name of the deceased woman hasn’t yet been released pending the notification of the family by the coroner’s office. Anyone who might have information about the fatal head-on crash is asked to contact the CHP Yuba-Sutter office at (530) 674-5141.
Placing a Wrongful Death Claim
Families have the right to place a claim to recover damages in a wrongful death if their loved one was not at fault for the accident. Fault can be determined by an accident attorney when they conduct an investigation into the cause. Some of the areas in which investigative techniques are used include:
- Reviewing the circumstances leading up to the accident
- Speaking with witnesses who saw what happened
- Examining physical evidence from the accident scene
- Analyzing any video footage of the accident, if available
- Getting expert opinions on various aspects of the case
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a California Wrongful Death Claim?
After gathering all of this information, a personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether or not another party was at fault for the accident and can help families pursue a wrongful death claim accordingly. The death of a loved one is always a difficult thing to deal with. If the death was caused by the negligence or intentional act of another, it could be even more difficult.
You may be wondering what, if anything, you can do to recover damages. In California, there are certain types of damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death claim. These include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of earnings and benefits
- Loss of companionship, consortium and love
- Mental anguish and suffering
- Punitive damages (in some cases)
Depending on the circumstances, you may also be able to recover other damages, such as property damage.
If a loved one died due to an intentional act of another or negligence, you might be entitled to compensation. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options.
Wrongful Death Attorneys in El Dorado Hills
I am Ed Smith, a wrongful death attorney in El Dorado Hills. If your family is interested in finding out whether they can place a wrongful death claim, contact us for free, friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. We also offer online contact if you prefer.
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