Around 5:20 a.m. on Dec. 13, the 23-year-old driver of a southbound pickup truck struck a concrete divider on state Highway 29 just north of Napa before crossing into the northbound lanes and striking a guardrail. This caused the back of the truck to lift up momentarily before it dropped back down on top of a compact car.
The truck's driver and the 46-year-old Fairfield man driving the car both suffered minor injuries, and officials transported both to a Napa medical center for treatment. Officials pronounced the 59-year-old Napa man who was in the car's passenger seat dead at the scene.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash blocked the highway's northbound lanes for over three hours. Authorities arrested the truck's driver on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.
Anybody who loses a relative in a car accident may be entitled to compensation for their loss. This could include money to cover funeral expenses and loss of income that the family may suffer as a result of the accident. It could also cover loss of companionship under certain circumstances. An attorney could help the family to understand what types of compensation they are entitled to receive. The attorney may also assist them in preparing their claim and enforcing it in court, if necessary.
Many drivers carry liability insurance that will pay this compensation for them, so an attorney may be able to negotiate a reasonable settlement with the at-fault driver's insurance carrier. This could keep the family from going through multiple court appearances that could delay the receipt of their compensation and result in additional legal expenses.
Source: Suisun City Patch, "Napa Victim In Horrific, Suspected DUI-Related Crash Identified", Susan C. Schena, December 15, 2014