Pedestrian Accident Fatality Reported in Sacramento

Pedestrian Dies While Trying to Cross Florin Road

A pedestrian accident fatality occurred along Florin Road sometime during the morning hours between 55th Street and East Southgate Drive on March 3 as the walker was attempting to cross the street. The vehicle driver that hit the pedestrian stayed at the scene and cooperated with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigators in determining the cause of the crash. Neither drugs nor alcohol is suspected as a factor in the accident fatality. The identity of the deceased pedestrian has not been released, pending notification of the family by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Losing a Loved One in an Accident Fatality

It is devastating to lose a loved one, regardless of the circumstances. Grief is magnified when the loss was an accident due to someone else’s negligence and could have been prevented. As a result of a pedestrian accident, family members experience grief, anger, denial, depression and other emotions. They want answers and justice for their loved one.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim Following the Loss of a Family Member

A wrongful death claim can be filed by an attorney on behalf of families who have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents due to negligence. It is possible to hold the negligent party responsible for causing an accident fatality by taking such steps. Our team of compassionate wrongful death attorneys has handled many successful cases, and we can help you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Compensation

Members of the immediate family can sue for wrongful death if a pedestrian becomes an accident fatality due to a negligent driver. Survivors such as the spouse of the deceased, child, or stepchild who relied on at least half of their income from the deceased can join in a wrongful death lawsuit. Under California wrongful death law, a variety of areas of compensation options may be recovered:

  • You can recover the costs associated with the burial and funeral.
  • The wages earned by the decedent are recoverable, along with any other perks of their job such as pension and insurance benefits, tips, bonuses and others.
  • The spouse that survives may recover compensation for his/her loss of consortium, affection and moral support that the decedent provided.
  • Those who were named beneficiaries in the decedent’s will may recover what they would have received if the deceased person had lived.
  • The family’s children, whether natural or adopted, may recover damages for the guidance, training and nurturing they would have received from the decedent had they lived.
  • Stepchildren may recover damages if they obtained at least half their financial support from the decedent.
  • Grandchildren from a deceased child of the decedent may place a claim in their parent’s stead.
  • The loss of household services the loved one provided such as vehicle and lawn care, taking care of the children, tax preparation, and more may be claimed.
  • If the decedent didn’t die right away or was hospitalized before their death, a survival action may be filed by the estate. This action is in place of the personal injury lawsuit the decedent might have filed had they lived. Recovery of damages includes the medical bills that occurred as a result of the fatal pedestrian accident. 
  • The family may be entitled to ask for punitive damages if the death of their loved one was egregious or caused by an intentional act.

Traffic Accidents That Result in Pedestrian Deaths

The injury lawyers at have helped grieving families recover compensation for many years. Our staff and legal team are familiar with the trauma caused by pedestrian accidents and the grief that falls on families when a loved one dies. During these challenging times, we try our best to make helping our clients as easy as possible for them. Our tenacity and investigation skills allow us to successfully resolve our clients’ cases while safeguarding their rights.

Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. If your loved one died due to a negligent driver, give us a call for free and friendly advice on whether your family can file a wrongful death claim. You can reach us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. We also offer an online contact form.

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