Fatal West Sacramento Accident Kills Pedestrian

Fatal West Sacramento Accident

First Fatal West Sacramento Accident Kills Pedestrian

I’m Ed Smith, a West Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer. On May 31, 2017, the first fatal West Sacramento accident for 2017 occurred. The crash involved a truck driver suspected of driving under the influence, another driver and a pedestrian. The pedestrian was hit and killed after the initial crash.

From all personal injury lawyers on staff, our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased victim at this difficult time.

What Happened?

This first fatal West Sacramento accident occurred during the late evening of Tuesday of May 31, 2017. A truck being driven by a driver under the suspension of driving under the influence was traveling west on West Capital Avenue when he hit another vehicle. The continued momentum of the truck carried it to the side of the road where it fatally struck a woman waiting at a nearby bus stop.

The Results of the Crash

The woman, the victim of this fatal pedestrian accident, died at the scene. The driver of the car who is not under suspicion of driving under the influence is receiving treatment for minor injuries at the hospital. The offending truck driver, a 23-year-old West Sacramento man by the name of Gerardo Lopez was arrested at the scene of the accident by authorities for suspicion of felony DUI driving and driving with a suspended license.

Who is Liable in a DUI Case?

If you or a family member suffers injuries or wrongful death in an accident where an impaired driver is involved, you have the option to pursue compensation for the damages. As is expected any person who operates a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or heavy prescription medication is considered negligent and is responsible for the damages incurred. Even this can be little comfort when dealing with injury or the loss of a loved one. Recovery of damages will not heal the wound but will negate medical bills and other accident-related costs.

Other parties can also be liable. Many states have enacted laws that put some liability on establishments and people providing alcohol in an improper manner. A business has the expectation to exercise a duty of care and refrain from serving those with obvious signs of intoxication. Even the provider of the vehicle causing the accident is liable if they have reason to believe that the offending driver was under the influence at the time of receipt.

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West Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer and Wrongful Death Attorney, Ed Smith

West Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer and Wrongful Death Attorney

Hi, I’m Ed Smith, a West Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer. DUI-related injury cases can be complex enough without dealing with the death of a loved one. If anyone in your family has experienced a serious injury or wrongful death due to impairment or negligence of someone else, please, call me immediately for free and friendly advice. You can reach me locally at (916) 921-6400. If out of the area, you can reach me at (800) 404-5400.

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