1 Killed in Merced Car Crash on Highway 165 near Westside Boulevard
Merced, California (January 11, 2023) – One person was killed in a head-on collision on Wednesday afternoon near Hilmar in Merced.
At around 3:30 p.m., authorities responded to a traffic collision on Highway 165 between Hilmar and Stevinson.
According to the California Highway Patrol dispatch, a driver lost control, veered into the opposite lane, and crashed head-on into a vehicle on the highway near Westside Boulevard.
The driver of the second car was killed in the accident. The name of the deceased person was not publicly disclosed.
The other driver was hosoitalized in an unknown condition.
More details about the crash were not released.
Drugs or alcohol are not believed to have been a factor in the accident.
An investigation into the accident is underway.
Pacific Attorney Group would like to extend its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased victim. May they find comfort and strength during this difficult time.
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About Wrongful Death Actions in California
Wrongful death actions are covered in detail in the California Code of Civil Procedure § 377.60. According to this law, specific parties may be able to take legal action for the loss of a loved one. This may include a surviving spouse, domestic partner, or victim’s child. In some cases, a parent may be able to file a wrongful death action. A case of this kind may be brought against another party for a wrongful death caused by negligence or intentional wrongdoing. Wrongful death cases can also be brought on the principle of strict liability, as in cases involving defective products.
Through a wrongful death action, a party responsible for the death of a person may be held accountable for their conduct. Because these cases are brought in civil court, the defendant (person/entity accused of causing another’s death) will not face incarceration or other criminal penalties but will typically face monetary penalties. The defendant may be required to pay financial compensation to cover:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering of the decedent
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Wages the decedent would have earned in his or her lifetime
- Loss of companionship/consortium
- Loss of other support the decedent provided
- Punitive damages (to penalize the defendant)
In certain types of cases, there is a limit to the amount of compensation that can be recovered. This usually applies to emotional and non-economic damages, however, not to economic damages.
There is also a time limit, called a statute of limitations, by which a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed. In most cases, a wrongful death action must be filed within two years of the decedent’s death. If medical malpractice was the alleged cause of death, the time limit is extended to three years. If the case is based on government liability of any kind, however, the statute of limitations is only six months. That is why it is important to get insight from an attorney as soon as possible before the statute of limitations runs out.