ESTEY BOMBERGER Announces $3.2 Million Wrongful Death Settlement Reached For Wife of Man Killed in Fatal Car Accident

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A wrongful death settlement was reached last week, awarding $3.2 million to plaintiff Na Zhang in a lawsuit previously filed in Riverside County Superior Court.

Stephen Estey and Mike Bomberger

Our client sought justice in the only way our civil court system permits against the defendant, who negligently, carelessly, and recklessly caused this collision.

The Riverside personal injury attorneys at ESTEY BOMBERGER (http://www.riverside-injury-lawyers.com) today announced that a wrongful death settlement was reached last week, awarding $3.2 million to plaintiff Na Zhang in a lawsuit previously filed in Riverside County Superior Court (Case No. RIC 10007432).

The settlement stems from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of October 19, 2009, when the plaintiff’s husband, Tangyuan Cao, 33, was stopped in the number one lane of westbound State Route 60, near Country Village Rd, in Riverside County, CA.

Cao’s disabled vehicle was struck from behind at approximately 100 MPH by the defendant’s company-provided pickup truck. As a result of the impact, Cao suffered multiple blunt force injuries and died at the scene of the collision.

According to the lawsuit, moments before the collision, other motorists and witnesses were able to take appropriate evasive action to avoid colliding with Cao’s disabled vehicle. The California Highway Patrol officer investigating the collision found the driver of the pickup truck that struck Cao’s vehicle to be the primary cause of the collision, and noted his violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22350, which states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”

At the time of his death, Cao was a fifth year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Riverside, with aspirations of becoming a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. Cao had been making final revisions on his Ph.D. dissertation when his death occurred, and the University of California, Riverside later awarded him a Ph.D. in chemistry posthumously. His sudden and unexpected passing caused indescribable grief to his wife, best friend, and the love of his life, Na Zhang.

Zhang’s attorney Stephen Estey remarked, “Our client sought justice in the only way our civil court system permits against the defendant, who negligently, carelessly, and recklessly caused this collision. Although no compensation could ever replace this tremendous loss, our client accepts it as a legacy in the memory of her loving husband.”

About ESTEY BOMBERGER

ESTEY BOMBERGER is one of the top accident and injury law firms in the state of California representing victims of personal injury and wrongful death. The attorneys at ESTEY BOMBERGER have successfully obtained seven and eight figure recoveries in a wide variety of personal injury cases, recovering millions for victims of serious accidents and their family members. For more information visit http://www.esteyandbomberger.com or http://www.california-injury-lawyer-blog.com.

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