According to a story in the Sacramento Bee, a woman was killed on Saturday afternoon when her gray Toyota Camry crashed in the Elverta area of northern Sacramento County. Members of the California Highway Patrol were on the scene and are investigating the cause of the accident. Right now, details are sparse, but authorities believe that she may have been speeding at the time of the accident and failed to notice a bend in the road. Her vehicle veered off the road when she over-corrected on the bend, which sent her car tumbling down an embankment and rolling over.
CHP authorities report that the woman likely died on impact, and she was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and they do not believe that she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.
Car accidents like this one can have a devastating effect on the family of the person involved. No one expects to lose a loved one, and when someone dies as a result of a car accident, the grief can be overwhelming. The cause of accidents is not always instantly known, and while the CHP believes that the woman may have been speeding at the time of the accident, there are other factors that need to be considered. Did her car malfunction in some way? Was the bend in the road visible? Was there proper signage warning drivers of the upcoming bend?
If the city failed to install the proper signage or if there was a defect with her vehicle, the city or the manufacturer of the car may be at least partially at fault for the accident. That’s why it is important for the family to not take the police’s initial reports at face-value, and they may wish to consider hiring a car accident lawyer to investigate the facts of the case and let them know if there is legal action that should be taken.
If the city failed to install proper signage warning drivers, the family may be eligible for compensation including funeral costs and expenses. They may also have a case that the loss of their loved one caused extreme grief and suffering and the parties involved may be held liable for that financially. Only an experienced lawyer can tell the family what course of action they may take, but they may wish to consider legal action if it turns out that another party is responsible for the crash that claimed the life of their loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit can help hold the negligent party accountable and often forces them to take action to prevent loss of life in the future. Perhaps proper signage (if necessary) would be placed on the road warning drivers.
At this point, it is too soon to point fingers regarding this accident and it is important to wait until all of the facts are released. For more information, read the entire story at The Sacramento Bee and stay tuned to the news for more details.