What makes a recent fatal accident near Los Alamitos legally complex? A young woman lost her life on the exit from the San Diego or 405 Freeway to the Northbound San Gabriel River or 605 Freeway near Los Alamitos late Friday night. The 30 year old woman had just been involved in a car accident. As she got out of her vehicle after the accident she was fatally struck by another motorist.
Is the driver who hit her responsible for a wrongful death under California law? If you negligently cause a loss of life in a California accident it is known legally as a “wrongful death.” The family of the victim may file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to seek some form of compensation for the loss of their loved one. There are many forms of financial damages in a wrongful death action, including but not limited to:
- Loss of time and activities you would have enjoyed with your loved one
- Compensation for the loss of the love, support and companionship of a spouse
- Loss of a parent or child
- Loss of a wage earner
- Compensation for any suffering the victim endured as well as final expenses
The fatal accident near Los Alamitos last night will be legally complex. Was the driver who struck and killed the victim totally or even partially responsible for her death? What role did her exit of the vehicle play in this tragic sequence of events. Was she responsible for the accident which originally occurred? If another driver was responsible for the original accident does that person have any liability for her wrongful death?
Insurance companies are always seeking the lowest possible settlement in these cases. The insurance companies with exposure in this wrongful death action will seek to reduce their exposure by attempting to claim she played at least some portion of a role in her own death. It will take an experienced and proven personal injury attorney with substantial trial experience to stand up to them and protect her family.
Have you lost a loved one in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence recently? We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call 949-305-1400 to speak personally with a personal injury for a free consultation. There is no cost to you or your family out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis.