March 17, 2022
New Wrongful Death Law Designed To Help Heirs Of Victims Killed in Accidents

Jose Mora died as a result of a wrongful death collision between a white cargo truck and a sedan in January 2022.  It’s alleged the driver of the car was changing a tire somewhere on the westbound side of the Simi Valley Freeway near the freeway intersection with the San Diego Freeway (405 Freeway) in an unsafe manner. In addition to the tragic death of Mr. Mora, two other men were transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition. It was reported that one man who was inside the truck was trapped because of the collision and needed assistance to be extracted from the truck.

As a result of this collision, several lanes of the 118 Freeway were closed to allow firefighter/paramedics to provide assistance and to allow law enforcement time to investigate this accident in a safe manner. Liability and fault for this collision have not yet been determined. Should you be involved in a serious freeway or highway collision with or without injuries please remember to do the following:

  • Get to a safe place. This may include remaining in your vehicle or moving to the side of the highway, depending on the circumstances.
  • Call 911 for emergency assistance as needed: paramedics, fire department and or police.
  • Take photos of the scene, all vehicles involved, all damage caused by the incident, vehicle license plates, insurance coverage cards, all photo identification cards including drivers’ licenses, and visible injuries.
  • Obtain the contact information for all witnesses
  • Tell the emergency responders all injuries you feel, even if minor.

Prior to January 1, 2022, if an injured victim suffered before dying from a car or truck accident, whether for one minute or one year, the heirs of the victim who died could recover economic damages (such as hospital and medical bills, loss of earnings including future loss of earnings), but could NOT recover anything for the victim’s pain, suffering and disfigurement. This was unfair and actually rewarded the responsible parties when the victim died before settlement or trial. California has joined other states in allowing heirs to recover for the decedent’s victim’s pain, suffering and disfigurement.

California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.34 was amended as follows:

“(b) in an action or proceeding by a decedent’s personal representative or successor in interest on the decedent’s cause of action, the damages recoverable may include damages for pain, suffering, or disfigurement if the action or proceeding was granted a preference pursuant to Section 36 before January 1, 2022, or was filed on or after January 1, 2022, and before January 1, 2026.”

We represent people who are injured because of the careless and reckless acts of others.  At the end of the day your case can only be settled one time and you need to know all of the facts beforehand. The reason that insurance companies have paid our clients in excess of $130,000,000.00 is that we get the facts and are not intimidated at the prospect of going to trial when insurance companies fail to offer full compensation. A Sacramento car accident attorney can help with serious injuries that require serious representation. We are the Law Offices of Guenard & Bozarth, LLP. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of experience specializing in only representing injured people. Call GB Legal 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or contact Guenard & Bozarth online.  We would be honored to represent you!






Guenard & Bozarth llp obtained a $2,962,903 jury verdict in the Sacramento County Superior Court for plaintiff David Schoonover, who suffered head and neck injuries and fractures in a head-on accident on Roseville Road in Roseville on July 22, 2012




Guenard & Bozarth LLP recently settled a case for $300,000 involving a hair weave that went terribly wrong. Our client was a young lady, and aspiring model, who experienced pressure necrosis from a tight weave and it changed her life.




Guenard & Bozarth LLP recently settled a slip and fall case for $500,000 a couple weeks before trial. The client slipped and fell on a wet piece of cardboard in a grocery store and sustained a serious shoulder injury that required surgery.




On February 13, 2013 Maricela, a Certified Nursing Assistant presented to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Room with complaint of neck and back pain. She was diagnosed with a neck strain and was given Ibuprofen and instructed to return if her symptoms did not subside.


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