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Hwy 120 Crash in Manteca Kills Four, Injures Three; Second Area Mass Casualty in a Week

Manteca, CA – According to the Modesto Bee, Sunday, April 14, 2024, four individuals tragically lost their lives and three others sustained injuries in a crash on Highway 120 in Manteca. The incident occurred near Atherton Drive, where a single vehicle veered off the state highway, as reported by the Manteca Police Department.

According to a police Facebook post, the vehicle involved had seven passengers, leading to a mass casualty incident (MCI). Tragically, four passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, while the remaining three were rushed to local hospitals before being airlifted to other medical facilities.

The California Highway Patrol has initiated an investigation into the crash, while Manteca officers provided assistance by redirecting traffic on nearby streets.

This tragic event marks the region’s second quadruple-fatal crash in less than a week, following another devastating incident on McHenry Avenue north of Modesto on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Wrongful Death Claims and Liability in Single-Vehicle Crashes

The loss of so many lives and injury of so many others can be devastating to families and their community. Those emotional wounds are beyond anything any amount of money can heal, but they also bring with them sudden unexpected costs in the form of medical bills, burial expenses, and the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased.

A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help families of the deceased to examine the evidence of a crash and determine if some portion of liability may fall upon parties outside the driver. Even in single-vehicle accidents, some responsibility may be attributed toward reckless drivers near the site of the crash or unsafe roadways for which the local government holds responsibility.

Readers should also bear in mind that the liability insurance drivers carry provides coverage for those harmed in their vehicle while they are driving, as well as those outside of it. While it may be emotionally challenging to file a wrongful death or personal injury claim with the insurance provider of someone with whom the victim may have had a personal relationship, a considerate personal injury attorney can help navigate these issues.

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