Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Paradise Road
The Modesto Police Department (Modesto PD) reported a fatal pedestrian accident on Paradise Road on the evening of Tuesday, December 14, 2021. The incident took place at approximately 5:45 p.m. at a five-way intersection that included Wade Avenue, Beverly Drive, Harris Avenue, and Paradise Road.
Details on the Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Paradise Road in West Modesto
Officers with Modesto PD were dispatched to the scene of a car vs. pedestrian accident. Upon the arrival of officials, the pedestrian was found with serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Sadly, the pedestrian, 39-year-old Johnathan Washington, succumbed to his injuries. It was unclear whether Mr. Washington died during emergency transportation or during hospitalization.
The driver involved in the pedestrian accident in Modesto stayed at the scene following the incident and was reported to be cooperative in the investigation. Modesto PD did not provide additional details on the fatal pedestrian accident.
How Can a Wrongful Death Claim Help Surviving Family Members?
When a loved one has lost their life in an accident due to the negligence of another party or entity, the family of the decedent may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. While no surviving family member would like to think about taking a civil case to court after losing a family member but taking legal action is essential to obtaining the much-needed sense of justice and financial compensation needed to recover and move forward with a more secure future.
There are some situations where the other party may carry insufficient liability coverage to pay for damages from the incident. In some worst-case scenarios, the at-fault party may not have an active auto insurance policy. Under these circumstances, a family of a decedent may seek recourse through their insurance plan if they have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage (UM and UIM). What is great about UM and UIM coverage is that it may extend protection to an insured member that suffered bodily harm in an accident as a cyclist or pedestrian. If the deceased did not have auto insurance at the time of their passing but lived with a family member who carried UM and UIM coverage, protection may extend to the decedent so long as they were not an excluded member of the insurance policy.
The best way to protect your rights as a surviving family member and protect your close relative’s legacy is to discuss your case with an experienced accident attorney. Unlike the insurance company, a lawyer will be dedicated to holding the at-fault party liable for their actions and helping survivors find solace. However, finding the right attorney to represent you and your family may be challenging when there are many to choose from in Modesto. For details on how to select the best lawyer to handle your wrongful death claim, watch this video.
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I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury attorney. The knowledge that a loved one has lost their life because of a preventable pedestrian accident may be frustrating and overwhelming. At our law firm, we will treat your family with compassion and respect when you turn to us for assistance. We will put our experience, skills, and resources to work for you and your case to obtain the best outcome possible. Above all, we will protect your rights and interests throughout the process while you all focus on grieving and recovering from your loss. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help your family through this difficult time and receive free, friendly case advice at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.
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