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Elias Cruz, 17, Sarah Cruz, 14, Tragically Killed in Rancho Cucamonga Crash at Wilson, Haven Ave

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – On Friday, March 8, 2024, two teens lost their lives and a third was hospitalized after a solo-vehicle collision in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the Fresno Bee.

Rancho Cucamonga Police received word of the crash around 4:25 PM and sent emergency responders to the site of the accident at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Haven Avenue.

They found a white Ford Mustang had crashed into an Edison power pole after its driver, 17-year-old Elias Cruz, lost control of the vehicle while traveling west on Wilson.

Elias and his sister, 14-year-old Sarah Cruz, were pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, identified as a 17-year-old male, received transportation to the hospital for treatment.

Wrongful Death Claims in Single-Vehicle Collisions

The compensation provided by a wrongful death claim can help relieve grieving families of the financial burdens associated with the loss of a loved one in a vehicular fatality, addressing medical expenses, burial costs, and even the loss of income to support dependents of the deceased.

In some circumstances, investigations can reveal that some portion of the liability for a single-vehicle collision might fall upon other drivers in the vicinity of the accident or even unsafe roadway structures. Working through the particulars of liability to help those who have lost a loved one find proper compensation for their loss is one of the many services a personal injury attorney can provide.

Once liability has been established, a personal injury attorney can also negotiate on behalf of the victim with insurance companies, who will always seek to minimize the payout for any claim they cannot deny.

Passenger Liability

The liability insurance that drivers carry is not just meant to cover accidental harm caused to those outside of the vehicle. A driver is responsible for the safety of those in their vehicle as well. While making a wrongful death or personal injury claim against someone who knew the victim personally may prove emotionally challenging, the financial burdens following a vehicular accident can be hefty.

A good personal injury attorney can help grieving families seek proper compensation for the loss by navigating these tricky issues, as well as negotiating on the victim’s behalf with insurance companies, who routinely work to minimize the payout of any claim they cannot deny.

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