Fontana, CA (January 11th, 2021) – According to the California Highway Patrol, a woman from Fontana tragically lost her life in a car accident that happened in Keenbrook late Sunday evening near the Cajon Pass.
According to authorities, the traffic accident took place close to 7:15 p.m., when the 27-year-old deceased victim, a passenger in a 2001 Honda Accord, was traveling toward Keenbrook Road, northbound on Cajon Boulevard. At this time, an individual from Los Angeles traveling in a 2007 Ford Escort was headed in the southbound direction of Cajon Boulevard, also toward Keenbrook Road. Based on preliminary reports, both vehicles were traveling at roughly 45 mph.
The California Highway Patrol reports that upon making a left turn onto Keenbrook Road, the Honda Accord was struck on its passenger side by the Ford Escort. Subsequently, the woman from Fontana was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. According to reports, both drivers were also rushed to local hospitals for their injuries.
No other information with regard to the accident is available at this time. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the California Highway Patrol, Fontana office.
According to California’s laws, wrongful death accidents are defined as unintended casualties caused as a result of another’s negligent actions or recklessness. When it comes to wrongful death accidents, the accident may be the fault of another driver, the motor vehicle manufacturer, or even the government agency responsible for maintaining the road where the accident took place.
Wrongful death cases are not criminal cases, and they do not involve sending the offender to jail. In place of this, wrongful death accidents involve filing a lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident. The purpose of the claim is to pursue financial damages to compensate the family for the losses incurred as a result of the victim’s death. Among the damages available, compensation can also be obtained for the family’s loss of companionship along with the victim’s pain and suffering the accident may have caused before he or she succumbed to his or her injuries.
Every state has its own laws regarding how or when a wrongful death claim can be filed. In California, the victim’s family has a maximum of two years to bring a wrongful death case forward. Once the statute of limitations has expired, the victim’s family will no longer be able to hold the accused party responsible, even if there is sufficient evidence against the accused party.
Additionally, it is important to understand that not everyone is entitled to file a claim for their loved one’s passing. Based on the state’s wrongful death laws, only close relatives have legal standing to bring a case forward. This includes the victim’s spouse or domestic partner, children, parents, and grandparents. If none of these parties are available, any person who was financially dependent on the victim may have an opportunity to file the wrongful death claim.
Depending on the specifics of the case, filing a wrongful death claim may require a thorough investigation. While it may be easy to identify the culpable party in certain cases, in other cases, identifying the liable party may be far more complex. For instance, when the accident involves a defective auto part, identifying the defective part and the responsible party may require a full auto body inspection. Cases involving a defective auto part may involve the automaker, auto designer, auto part manufacturing company, and even the vehicle seller.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a car accident, it is critically important that you seek proficient legal counsel. An experienced attorney will be able to conduct all investigations on your behalf and make sure your case is filed before the statute of limitations expires. Additionally, a proficient litigator will aggressively advocate for maximum compensation on your behalf.
For more than ten years of dedicated legal service, Attorney Justin H. King has helped the families of wrongful death victims receive the monetary compensation they deserved. A death in the family is always a difficult experience to navigate. When the death was caused as a result of another’s negligence, the experience can be even more devastating. Following the tragic death of a loved one caused by another’s lack of care, consider obtaining the legal support of Attorney King. You can obtain a free consultation, by calling him today at (909) 297-5001 or fill out the confidential online form here.