A woman from the San Francisco area who had no prior criminal history was sent to prison to serve a six-year term for her role in a deadly car accident from several years ago. In both the civil and criminal court systems, it can sometimes take years or even decades to sort out the legal consequences of a car accident.
The loss of a child's life in an automobile accident is a tragedy that no Alameda family should ever have to bear. Yet, far too often, families are confronted with this reality. As we've discussed previously, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide some measure of accountability as well as protection for a family's financial stability. But, how does a judge or jury decide what amount of compensation to award for the loss of a child's life?
Criminal charges are an important way in which Alameda County holds distracted or otherwise negligent drivers accountable when their actions lead to the loss of innocent lives. However, the threshold of proof necessary to convict someone can be difficult to clear. In those cases, officials may not press charges at all.
In Alameda and across California, one of the most dangerous kinds of car accidents is a rear-end crash. People are not expecting it, so they have little chance to avoid it or brace themselves. Often, the vehicle that crashes into them is traveling at a high rate of speed or is a larger vehicle, exacerbating the damage and potential for injury. When there is a rear-end accident, those who have been injured or lost a loved one should understand all they will face after it has happened.
The loss of a loved one due to another person's misconduct is a tragedy that no compensation can truly equate. While no amount of money can bring back a loved one, file a civil action has its benefits. A tragic death from back in 2015 in southern California, however, illustrates the important role that a wrongful death lawsuit can play in providing some measure of accountability and closure.
Accidents take place in Alameda every day, and they can be life-changing events for families who lose a loved one. When we talk about wrongful death claims, we often emphasize the importance of a settlement or jury award in helping to keep a grieving family on solid financial footing. This is particularly true when the deceased provided financial support, as in the case of someone who earned a salary.
A recent study analyzed the impact of marijuana use on fatal accidents. Researchers reviewed car accident data with a focus on one specific day: April 20th. The significance of the day resides within the celebration of a counterculture holiday known as the "High Holiday."
The loss of a loved one in a fatal accident is something no Alameda family should ever have to endure. Sadly, far too many people face this reality on a daily basis. A wrongful death lawsuit can help a grieving family protect their financial interests by compensating them for their losses, but the amount of compensation depends on a number of factors.
When an Alameda family loses a loved one in a fatal accident, they naturally look to the criminal justice system to punish the negligent driver proportionately to the pain and suffering inflicted. However, when criminal law falls short, victims' families may have other legal options available.
Congress is currently considering a bill that would require trucks to have bars along the sides and front of the vehicle. These bars are designed to help reduce the risk of accidents.