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Driver Dead from Collision with Semi-Truck on Highway 101

On September 15th, 2020, a collision between a semi-truck and a 2017 Honda Accord in San Jose. The crash occurred around 1:00 a.m. on Highway 101, not far from Tully Road. California Highway Patrol is the authorities at the scene. The driver of the Honda Accord died at the scene from his severe injuries, but the semi-truck driver did not sustain any injuries. Eyewitnesses reported that the Honda Accord crashed into the back of the semi-truck. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined. Several lanes of Highway 101 were closed for a few hours due to the accident.

Can You Claim Death Benefit from Insurance in DUI-Accident?

The answer to this depends on whether you are a drunk driver who died from the accident, or an innocent bystander who died from a drunk driver’s actions. A drunk driver who died due to a car accident, will usually not be able to claim death benefits from any of their insurance providers. This is because insurance companies would consider the death to be self-inflicted, thus violating the payout conditions. The bystander, however, can claim both payouts from their own insurance and the driver’s insurance companies. Nevertheless, whether your loved one was the driver or the bystander, you have the right to dispute decisions made by the insurance providers that you disagree with. If legal actions must be taken, you should contact an attorney right away. You can contact us to reach our legal counsel, available 24/7, by calling (866) 698-2306.

Source: East Bay Times

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