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  • Wrongful Death Lawsuits: Information for Surviving Family Members

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 10-Apr-2018

    If you recently lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligent actions or intentional harm, no amount of compensation can make up for the great loss you have suffered. However, in the aftermath, you might experience financial hardship and are in need of relief. Through a wrongful death lawsuit, surviving family members could be awarded damages, depending on their relationship with ...
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  • Attorney Van Der Walde Secures Reversal of Summary Judgment in Bar Stabbing Lawsuit

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 12-Oct-2016

    Paul D. Van Der Walde of Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP has successfully secured a reversal of a summary judgment on appeal of a wrongful death lawsuit related to the 2008 death of a man who was stabbed at a bar resort on Lost Isle. Having initially been ruled in favor of the owners of the resort, Attorney Van Der Walde was able to successfully appeal the decision on behalf of the man’s ...
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  • Ferry, Motorboat Crash On San Francisco Bay Claims Life

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 26-Feb-2013

    One of the two people injured recently in a boating accident on San Francisco Bay has lost his life, according to a recent ABC News report. The deceased person was a 68-year-old man originally from Oregon, who had moved to the Bay Area to teach real estate appraisal courses. He suffered serious injuries when the power boat in which he was a passenger crashed into a Golden Gate Ferry in the San ...
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  • Understanding Wrongful Death In California

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 15-Feb-2013

    When a person is injured due to the negligence of another, that person may seek compensation under California’s personal injury laws. If the injuries prove fatal, the right to seek compensation doesn’t disappear – it merely moves from the injured person to the injured person’s personal representative or next of kin. In these situations, the case is known as a ...
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  • 22-Year-Old Passenger Killed in I-680 Pleasanton Crash

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 22-Aug-2012

    A crash near the onramp to Interstate 680 in Pleasanton shortly after midnight on August 18 led to the death of a 22-year-old woman. The woman was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed after the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel, according to The San Jose Mercury News. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the accident around 12:20 am after receiving reports of a convertible in ...
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  • San Mateo County Motorcycle-Car Collision Ends in Fatality

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Aug-2012

    A 28-year-old man from San Francisco was fatally injured on August 6 in Woodside when he struck a vehicle entering Woodside Road while riding his motorcycle. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident, according to the Redwood City Patch. The accident occurred when the man was riding west on Woodside Road on his Suzuki motorcycle and then collided with a ...
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  • San Jose Man Found Dead after Motorcycle Crash

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 9-Jul-2012

    Responding officers found the body of a San Jose man in the road in the early hours of June 28 after receiving reports of a motorcycle crash at the intersection of North First Street and Nortech Parkway in San Jose. As reported by The Contra Costa Times, the exact reasons behind the crash are currently unknown but being investigated. Officials have stated that they believe this San Jose fatal ...
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  • San Mateo Man Dies after Being Electrocuted by Downed Power Line

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 25-Apr-2012

    A 55-year-old San Mateo man died on April 20 when he was electrocuted while trying to move a downed power line that had fallen on a parked car. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the incident occurred around 6:30 pm when the man came across the downed Pacific Gas and Electric Co. line while driving in his pickup truck and attempted to move it from the vehicle. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. ...
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  • 2011 Finds Increase In Teen Driver Deaths

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 20-Feb-2012

    According to a new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the first half of 2011 saw an increase in the number of deaths for 16- and 17-year-old drivers in the United States. While data has not been released for the second half of 2011, it was found that 211 teen drivers died from fatal auto accidents during the first six months, an increase from the 190 that died in the first ...
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  • CDC Reveals Top Causes of Child Deaths in the U.S.

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 27-Oct-2011

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains statistics related to deaths caused by injury and disease in the United States and release annual reports on the subject. One of the reports produced every year is “The 10 Leading Causes of Injury Deaths by Age Group Highlighting Unintentional Injury Deaths.” The most recent report, covering 2008, shows that children under the age of 10 ...
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  • 1 Dead, 1 Injured In San Jose Car Crash

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 9-Aug-2011

    A recent car accident in San Jose on Interstate 880 left one person dead and another injured, according to a recent article in the San Jose Mercury-News. The accident, which occurred shortly before 6 a.m., involved a car that was traveling north on the southbound side of the freeway. The car, a grey sedan, may not have had its headlights on, which would have made it difficult to see in the early ...
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  • San Jose Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against City For Death Of Son

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 25-Apr-2011

    Last year, a 2-year-old boy was killed in when a 10 ton root-rotted maple tree fell onto the cab of the family’s pickup truck in downtown San Jose. Now, according to, the boy’s parents have filed a San Jose wrongful death claim against the city, as well as the owners of the property next to the tree. On January 22, 2010, the family had pulled up in front of a ...
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  • Fatal San Jose Car Crash Claims Two Lives, Injures Another

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Nov-2010

    A fatal San Jose car accident took the lives of two women, news outlet reports. Another person was also injured. The crash occurred early Saturday morning, October 30, near the off-ramp for Blossom Hill Road on U.S. 101 southbound in San Jose. The solo-vehicle accident occurred when the car veered off the road and struck a tree, throwing one woman from the motor vehicle. Along with ...
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  • Santa Clara Intersection Accident Kills One Driver, Injures Other

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 31-Aug-2010

    A Santa Clara County car accident recently took the life of a 21-year-old Morgan Hill motorist after his vehicle struck a produce truck during an intersection accident. The 41-year-old driver of the truck was taken to Saint Louise Regional Hospital with minor injuries, while a passenger riding with the 21-year-old was also injured, although the severity of his injuries was not made available in ...
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  • Student Involved in Santa Clara Car Crash Awarded Damages

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 18-Dec-2009

    An auto accident in Santa Clara that involved multiple vehicles has resulted in a $49 million jury award for a college student who was injured while on his way home from a camping trip. The injury accident took place on State Route 152, better known as the Pacheco Pass. Two trucks collided at or near the center line, and the vehicle that the injured college student was riding in was struck by one ...
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  • Reckless Act Results in Rollover, Injury and Loss of Life

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 18-Nov-2009

    According to The San Francisco Chronicle, a reckless driving act known as a “sideshow” has resulted in the deaths of three young adults and injured three others. Reportedly, a total of five people were in the Nissan Altima that veered into oncoming traffic, struck a parked vehicle, and overturned onto the sidewalk before coming to a stop. Three of the five, a 22-year-old, 19-year-old, ...
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  • Families of Bike Accident Victims Collect Settlement from Santa Clara County

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Nov-2009

    An article in San Jose’s Mercury News talks about the $1.2 million settlement that the family of a killed bicyclist received from Santa Clara County. The male bicyclist was killed in an accident involving a police patrol car that was being driven by a sheriff’s deputy that fell asleep at the wheel while driving. The deputy also hit two other male bicyclists during the Cupertino ...
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  • SUV Crash Takes Life of Modesto Man, Injures Family

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 28-Oct-2009

    According to, an auto accident involving a Mercedes-Benz SUV and a small Honda vehicle took the life of a 45-year-old man from Modesto, California. The Modesto man was a passenger in the Honda, which was being driven by his sister. Other passengers in the Honda included the Modesto man’s brother-in-law and nephew. The man’s sister, her husband, and their child were all ...
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  • Car Strikes and Kills John Doe Bicyclist

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 7-Oct-2009

    The Mercury News recently ran an article discussing the search for the family of a 67-year-old bicyclist that was struck and killed in Watsonville. Police believe the male victim to be a transient, and are still attempting to identify him so that next-of-kin can be notified of his accident. The bicyclist reportedly veered in front of the white Mercedes automobile that struck him, was airlifted to ...
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  • SF Family Wins $2.3 Million Wrongful Death Suit

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Jul-2009

    The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported in an article that a $2.3 million settlement was awarded to the parents of a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a sheriff’s deputy. Parents of the 29-year-old victim filed the claim against a Deputy Council member who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his cruiser before striking the decedent and two others. The wrongful-death lawsuit was ...
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