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.
The holidays are, for most Alameda families, a time to celebrate together. The loss of a loved one at this time of the year can be a particularly devastating blow, especially when it occurs as the result of another individual's negligence and could otherwise have been avoided entirely.
Recently, a woman in her mid-forties got up early to go cover a shift for a sick coworker at 5 a.m. They were workers in the Bay Bridge toll booths near Alameda. She had been employed by Caltrans for over a decade, but that morning would be the last time her husband and young daughter saw her alive.
In June 2015, the fourth floor balcony of a Berkeley apartment collapsed killing six students, and injuring a seventh. This week, the owner and property manager of the apartment complex reached a partial settlement with the families. This is the second partial settlement reached in the case. In May 2017, another partial settlement was reached with seven companies involved in construction of the apartment complex.
Georgia NASCAR fans may have heard that the family of Kevin Ward Jr., who died in an accident on a NASCAR track, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tony Stewart on Aug. 7. The family reportedly accused the driver for being responsible for the 20-year-old's death.