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Pedestrian Accident Fatally Injures Modesto Woman

Pedestrian Accident Fatally Injures Modesto Woman

Pedestrian Accident Fatally Injures Modesto Woman

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury attorney. Authorities reported that a woman was struck by a motor vehicle while pushing her bicycle in Modesto on the morning of Sunday, April 1, 2018. Sadly, the woman succumbed to her injuries during hospitalization.

I would like to send my thoughts of support and condolences to the family and friends of the woman that lost her life in this devastating pedestrian accident.

Accident Details

A Modesto woman was walking while pushing her bicycle along North Ninth Street between the Highway 99 overpass and Carver Road at approximately 11:00 am The woman was reportedly struck by a 2015 Hyundai Veloster operated by a Modesto man. The Hyundai driver remained at the scene and cooperated with responding officials.

Nature of Injuries

Paramedics were dispatched to the scene and rushed the woman to the Doctors Medical Center for immediate treatment. Unfortunately, the woman passed away due to the severity of the injuries she suffered.

Identity of Victim

Authorities have identified the victim as Vanessa Julian, a 34-year-old resident of Modesto.

Accident Investigation 

The exact cause of the pedestrian accident has not yet been determined by officials due to pending collision investigation. Authorities do not believe drug or alcohol impairment played as factors in the accident.

Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents

Individuals who have been struck by a motor vehicle are at a high risk of suffering a traumatic injury, which has the potential to be serious or even fatal in nature. The common types of injuries sustained from pedestrian accidents include the following:

  • Internal Injuries: Individuals who have suffered extensive damage to the internal organs can experience significant blood loss. This particularly involves internal bleeding that can further lead to wrongful death.
  • Femur Fractures: This type of injury is common in pedestrian accidents due to the position of vehicle bumpers at the time of impact. Femur fractures involve a fracture of the large bone in the thigh of the leg.
  • Pelvic Fractures: This type of fracture is often associated with femur fractures due to the force of the head of the femur into the hip socket of the pelvis, resulting in displacement. Surgery is sometimes needed to place the bones back into their appropriate anatomic location.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Brain trauma can be very complex and life-changing for the person injured and their friends and family. When an individual experiences an impact or disturbance of the brain, they may experience symptoms such as changes in personality, memory loss, feelings of dizziness, difficulty speaking and changes in sleeping patterns. Those who have suffered a TBI should document all symptoms to receive proper treatment for their injury.

Pedestrian Accident Fatality Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that traffic accidents claimed the lives of 5,376 pedestrians in 2015, a significant increase from 4,884 in 2014. Seventy-one percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections when compared to intersections for pedestrian location. The highest percentage of pedestrian deaths took place between the hours of 6:00 pm to 8:59 pm with 26 percent.

Pedestrian Accidents and Wrongful Death

The loss of someone you love due to a fatal pedestrian accident is beyond painful.  When the accident occurred because of a negligent motorist the grief is compounded. If you have experienced this, there may be assistance available. Contacting an experienced wrongful death attorney in Modesto is crucial in securing your family’s right to fair compensation for your loved one’s wrongful death.

 Modesto Personal Injury Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury attorney. Losing someone you love to wrongful death is a devastating experience both emotionally and financially. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or even killed in a car, pedestrian or bicycle accident, please call me at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

I have helped families in Modesto and throughout California with personal injury and wrongful death cases. I have fought to ensure fair compensation for the damages they suffered.

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I belong to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum as a California member. This forum is a group of trial lawyers who have won one million dollar judgments and settlements for clients.

You can see how I resolved prior cases on my Verdicts and Settlements page.

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