Woman Killed in Carmichael Pedestrian Accident
A woman was walking in Carmichael after leaving her work when she was struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian accident happened on Monday, September 26, 2016. Sadly, the woman suffered fatal injuries as a result of the impact.
An employee from the Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael had clocked out from work and was walking outside. The employee has only been identified as a 66-year-old woman. She was crossing along Coyle Avenue in the vicinity of the hospital when a car driving at an unknown rate of speed was approaching her. The driver did not have enough time to stop. The vehicle collided with the woman. The victim was transported to the medical center for injuries she suffered in the collision. She passed away at the hospital.
Accidents involving pedestrians are a leading cause of death among both children and adults in the United States. A good number of car accident-related fatalities involve pedestrians. The reason why pedestrians are vulnerable to severe injuries or death during these types of collisions is that they are completely unprotected. Unlike a motorist who has access to safety features such as seatbelts, airbags, padding, and brakes, pedestrians have no means of protecting themselves from an oncoming vehicle. In addition, pedestrian accidents occur suddenly and without much warning, so the victim does not have the time to react when a vehicle is approaching them. Traumatic injuries usually result from these types of collisions. Injuries can be life-altering and painful. They may include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, amputation injuries, or even death.
Who Caused the Above Accident?
No details have been released by authorities regarding the cause of the pedestrian crash. It generally takes the investigating agency up to two weeks to prepare a traffic collision report. The report typically includes the results of their investigation into fault. Sometimes police reports can be in error or inconclusive. This can leave the family members of the person who has passed away with many unanswered questions. It is very important when someone has lost their lives in a pedestrian accident to have an independent accident investigation performed by an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer. The lawyer will look for video cameras that may have captured details of the collision, he or she will also interview witnesses and possibly conduct an accident reconstruction to properly determine liability (fault) for an accident. An attorney can also help you recover compensation for the wrongful death of your loved one if the driver of the adverse vehicle was negligent.
It is important to note that every person behind the wheel of a motor vehicle must pay attention by keeping a proper lookout at the roadway in front of him including watching for pedestrians. (Johnson v Johnson (1948) 84 Cal. App. 2nd 271).
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