Police have recently identified the driver who died in a late-night collision in Oakland in April 2023. The deceased, Ricardo Solis, 23, died a few days after the crash that occurred on April 14, 2023. According to authorities, the collision happened on I 580, in Oakland near Harrison Street around 3:30 am in the southbound lanes. 

Authorities say that Solis was driving the Toyota Corolla and was struck by a Chevrolet Malibu. After being struck by the Chevrolet, Solis’ Corolla collided with a Toyota Tacoma, causing it to be smashed on both the front and rear ends, according to police. 

Police said that the Chevrolet driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with police by giving a statement. The driver said he was traveling at the speed limit and did not notice the Toyota until it was too late. 

Freeway Driving Safety Tips

The freeway can be dangerous, with many vehicles driving at high speeds, so it is important for drivers to be vigilant and drive safely. Some freeway driving safety tips:

  • Stay alert and focused: keep your attention on the road, and avoid distractions like using your phone, eating, or adjusting the radio while driving.
  • Maintain a safe following distance: keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This will afford you more time to react in case the car ahead stops abruptly.
  • Follow the speed limit: Adhere to posted speed limits and adjust your speed in accordance with traffic, road, and weather conditions. Driving at a safe speed can prevent accidents and reduce the severity of collisions. 
  • Use your mirrors: it is good practice to regularly check your mirrors and stay aware of the vehicles and traffic around you. This helps you anticipate the actions of other drivers and make informed decisions.
  • Avoid driving in other drivers’ blind spots: try to avoid lingering in other vehicles’ blind spots, especially large trucks. If you can’t see the truck driver’s mirrors, they most likely can’t see you. 
  • Use your signals: use your turn signals to indicate lane changes and turns well in advance. This lets other drivers anticipate your movements and respond appropriately. 

Legal Options Available

“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Ricardo Solis. I hope that they are able to find closure and peace,”says attorney Brett Schreiber of Singleton Schreiber, “I can only imagine how devastating it must be to find out a year later that your loved one was identified. As a personal injury attorney, I have seen how accidents like this can devastate a family. It is important that they know they may have legal action and could consider speaking with an attorney.”

Depending on the circumstances of the accident and findings authorities have discovered in their investigation, family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim 

If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, contact the Santa Rosa, CA personal injury lawyers at Singleton Schreiber to learn more about your options. Call us at (619) 771-3473 or email us at info@singletonschreiber.com.