A woman lost her life in an Ortega Highway crash yesterday. The fatal car accident occurred just before 1:00 a.m. just east of the San Juan Creek Bridge in San Juan Capistrano. The California Highway Patrol reports that the driver lost control of his white Toyota sedan and left the highway striking the right side embankment. The driver was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo with unknown injuries. Our thoughts are with the families of the two victims in this accident.
What happens if a passenger is injured or loses their life when the driver of the car they are travelling is responsible for an accident? A lot will depend upon the relationship between the parties under California law.
If the parties in this type of an accident are spouses, there will be no insurance coverage to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If the parties are unrelated, the passenger will always have a valid personal injury claim.
A woman lost her life in an Ortega Highway crash yesterday. Nothing can replace her or adequately compensate her family for their loss. However, the child(ren) or family of the passenger in this case may be able to pursue a wrongful death action against the insurance policy of the driver responsible for the accident. Wrongful death provides compensation for the loss of the time you would have enjoyed with your loved one, loss of the income of a provider, final expenses and other financial damages.
My name is Rivers Morrell, and after more than 40 years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases I fully understand the pain, confusion and questions her family must be facing in the light of this day. In a wrongful death case, I personally manage all of the legal work and contact with insurance representatives, law enforcement and the Court so that the family may focus on grieving their loss and supporting one another through this difficult time.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident or lost their life I invite you to review the strong recommendations of former clients and the legal industry and contact us or call (949) 305-1400 for a free consultation. There is no cost for the call and no cost to our clients out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis.