Pedestrian Walking on Auburn Boulevard Killed in Big Rig Crash
A male pedestrian died on August 7 after being struck in a big rig crash in North Highlands outside a designated crosswalk. The accident happened around noon along Auburn Boulevard near Myrtle Avenue. The pedestrian was said to be age 60 by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
Pedestrian Expires in Hospital Following Big Rig Crash
The pedestrian was walking west along Auburn Boulevard when he was struck by a Sacramento man, 51, driving a Freightliner, who was turning right onto Auburn when the pedestrian was struck. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at Mercy San Juan Medical Center. The CHP traffic accident investigation unit is handling the case to find out what occurred.
Walking in the Street in California
In California, under Vehicle Code § 21955, jaywalkers are not ticketed when it is done safely, but they are expected and encouraged to use crosswalks whenever possible, whether marked or unmarked. Pedestrians and motorists both must use a duty of care to avoid accidents.
Accidents Caused by a Big Rig or Other Motor Vehicle
In the event of a loved one’s death caused by trucker negligence in a big rig or with another motor vehicle, filing a wrongful death claim could be the last thing on the family’s mind. Wrongful death claims cannot only provide funds so the family isn’t stretched financially but also a sense of justice. Among the damages that may be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit are:
- It is possible to recover funeral and burial costs.
- The decedent’s family can claim wages and other job benefits, such as bonuses and pension benefits, until their loved one’s retirement age.
- The surviving spouse can also claim reimbursement for loss of affection, moral support and consortium.
- It is possible for the decedent’s children, along with other minors who received at least half their support from him or her, to claim that they lost their parental guidance, nurturing, and love as a result of the death.
- There may be a recovery for household assistance lost. Among these tasks are lawn maintenance and childcare, vehicle maintenance and repairs, and other household chores performed by the decedent.
Getting Legal Help in Pedestrian Fatality Cases
Over the years, our law firm has handled many wrongful death cases successfully, including those occurring due to a big rig crash. In addition to understanding the emotional and financial drain a loss can have, our team of compassionate and experienced professionals understands the grief that comes with losing someone unexpectedly. Whether you want to negotiate with the insurance company following the big rig crash fatality or litigate your case, we can help. With our help, your family members can be able to continue their grieving process without having to worry about financial hardships.
Lawyer Ed Smith explains in the video that follows what constitutes a wrongful death claim:
Wrongful Death Attorney in North Highlands
I’m Ed Smith, a wrongful death attorney in North Highlands. You have the right to file a wrongful death claim if someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s death in a pedestrian accident. Even though it won’t ease your grief, it holds the responsible party accountable. If you would like compassionate, free and friendly advice, you can reach us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. We are also available online. Our accident attorneys are available to provide a free consultation where your case will be reviewed and possible recovery options discussed.
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