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1 Killed In High-Speed Crash On 5 Freeway In Stockton

Pedestrian killed by CHP car

Stockton, CA (September 18, 2023) 1 person was killed Friday evening in a high-speed crash in Stockton. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened at approximately 6:40 p.m.

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A 63-year-old woman was driving a gold Cadillac sedan north on the 5 freeway, just south of County Club Road. The California Highway Patrol said that the woman was driving at a high rate of speed when she suddenly swerved across all lanes of traffic and onto the east shoulder. She then swerved left across all lanes and collided with a black Toyota Tundra before hitting a concrete bridge railing.

The woman was critically injured in the collision. Emergency crews responded quickly and rushed the woman to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

The driver of the Toyota was unharmed.

It is still unknown if drugs or alcohol played a part in this accident. Authorities are still investigating the crash.

Liability In Stockton Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Stockton Car Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman killed in this accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Stockton car accident? Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.


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