Elk Grove Accident Kills Pedestrian

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February 01, 2019
Edward Smith

Elk Grove Pedestrian Death Following Truck Accident

An Elk Grove pedestrian death occurred after the walker was struck by a truck at around 6:00 in the morning on January 29. The accident happened along Elk Grove Florin Road northbound. I want to extend my prayers and sympathy to the friends and family of the deceased in their time of loss.

Details of the Elk Grove Pedestrian Death

The northbound lanes of Elk Grove Florin Road were closed to traffic at Tiogawoods Drive. This occurred while an investigation was conducted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office. No details have been released on the identity of the pedestrian, pending notification of next of kin. The driver who struck the walker stayed at the accident scene.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The number of pedestrians killed in 2017 was 5,977. This is 1.7 percent less than the previous year. The decrease may be due to heightened awareness of pedestrian safety. Another reason may be the installation of pedestrian safety devices on crosswalks and enhanced lighting. Nonetheless, the sheer number of fatalities, including 574 pedestrians killed by large trucks, suggests that problems still exist.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Texting while walking is considered one of the major issues. Distraction keeps the walker from paying attention to potential dangers and can lead to an Elk Grove pedestrian death. This, combined with the number of motorists who are also driving distracted, leads to a monumental problem for pedestrians. Drugged walking, particularly with marijuana, is another risk factor for a pedestrian death.

Top Safety Tips for Pedestrians

There are things pedestrians can do to stay safe when walking:

  • Use sidewalks whenever possible while walking.
  • If sidewalks are not available, make sure to face traffic when using the road.
  • Don’t be distracted. Taking your eyes and concentration off traffic is a sure way to be injured or killed.
  • Don’t listen to music with headphones. This will block the sound of an approaching motor vehicle or screeching tires.
  • Use crosswalks at intersections if they are available since drivers are aware that pedestrians might be there.
  • If there is no crosswalk, find a well-lit area to cross, and wait until there is an adequate gap in traffic.
  • Try to enhance your visibility with bright colored clothes and reflective clothing at night.
  • Be aware of drivers pulling out of driveways.
  • Parking lots can be hazardous. Look for drivers pulling out.

Compensation in an Elk Grove Pedestrian Death

Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side is important to collect fair compensation after an Elk Grove pedestrian death. The lawyer has the expertise and finances to conduct a thorough investigation to prove fault. This is in addition to reviewing police reports, witness accounts, and other evidence. Placing a wrongful death claim for damages following the tragic loss of a loved one does not ease the grief that family members feel. However, it does lessen the struggle of coping with financial loss, which can help the family eventually move on.

Related Article by Elk Grove Wrongful Death Lawyer Ed Smith

Elk Grove Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove wrongful death lawyer. Losing a loved one in a pedestrian accident is a terrible experience. If your loved one died in a pedestrian accident that was due to negligence by another individual or entity, I can offer you free and friendly advice. You can reach me at (916) 694-0002 locally or through my toll-free number at (800) 404-5400. At AutoAccident.com, the website I founded, an online contact form is available as well.

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