Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle on State Route 113
A fatal pedestrian accident occurred in Woodland on August 9 when a woman was struck by a vehicle. The collision occurred along State Route 113 near West Covell Boulevard during the afternoon hours, according to the Woodland California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident report. Authorities say the woman walked onto the highway where she was struck by a small sedan and was killed.
Motorist Cooperating With Authorities in Fatal Pedestrian Accident
The driver of the sedan, as well as their passenger, weren’t injured in the collision involving the pedestrian. They remained at the scene of the fatal pedestrian collision afterward and were cooperating with authorities, who were conducting an investigation into the incident.
A Lawyer’s Role in a Fatal Pedestrian Accident Case
A pedestrian fatality accident must be proven to have been caused by someone else’s negligence in order to recover damages. The fatal pedestrian crash may be investigated, crash reconstructions performed, surveillance cameras viewed, witnesses interviewed and other techniques used by an accident attorney in order to determine how it happened and provide strong proof of fault by the other party involved. Obtaining justice for the death of a loved one may be possible through the building of a case to recover damages.
Common Causes of a Pedestrian Accident
Whenever pedestrians cross a street, whether legally or illegally, motorists must be aware of them in order to avoid accidents. There are, however, a variety of factors that can cause a pedestrian to die or be injured. Many times, a fatal pedestrian accident is due to driver error, which can be caused by:
- Distracted driving, such as texting, is a common cause of a crash into a pedestrian because the driver’s eyes are not on the roadway ahead.
- Fatigue can make a motorist less observant of their surroundings, which can result in a pedestrian accident.
- Drunk driving causes many serious accidents each year, including those that injure or kill pedestrians because an intoxicated driver has poor reflexes and their vision is affected.
- Disobeying traffic laws such as running a red light, speeding or other forms of reckless driving can cause a fatal pedestrian accident.
Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death claim may provide different compensation for each family, depending on a number of factors. However, the following areas are often included:
- The cost of burial and funeral services
- Lost wages can include not only the salary until retirement age but bonuses such as pension and insurance benefits
- As well as claiming loss of consortium, the surviving spouse may also claim they lost emotional support and love
- Guidance and nurturing may have been lost to children in the family
- Occasionally, inheritance losses can be recovered, but not always
- Loss of household services are for areas such as lawn care, tax preparation and others, which are no longer provided
Woodland Wrongful Death Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland wrongful death lawyer. The loss of a loved one is tragic but made worse when they died in an accident that shouldn’t have happened. For free and friendly advice on whether your family can file a wrongful death claim, call us at (530) 392-9400. We also offer a toll-free line at (800) 404-5400, or you can get in touch with us online. A free consultation can be arranged with one of our injury lawyers to discuss your case, answer questions and tell you about options to move forward with your claim.
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