Fatal Accident Involving Two Pedestrians Happens at Sarah Drive Intersection
A pedestrian fatality was reported near Truckee on September 26 after two people on foot were struck by a motor vehicle. The accident happened at the intersection of Sahara Drive and State Route 28 in the Carnelian Bay area around 10:46 p.m. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) report stated that a black Subaru struck two pedestrians. It is unknown whether one or both were killed in the collision. The CHP had the motor vehicle towed as evidence, and the roadway was shut down as an investigation was conducted.
Pedestrian Fatality Accident at an Intersection
Pedestrians are always vulnerable to serious injuries when they are involved in an accident. A pedestrian fatality accident is common. Some of the reasons these types of collisions occur at an intersection include:
- The driver had been drinking or using drugs and was incapable of safely handling a motor vehicle.
- The motorist ran a red light or stop sign while someone was in the crosswalk, leading to a pedestrian fatality accident.
- A driver making a right turn without looking for pedestrians crossing the street or stepping off the curb can cause a serious injury accident.
- Making a U-turn at an intersection where it isn’t legal can lead to a pedestrian fatality crash.
- Distracted driving can cause a pedestrian accident because a vehicle can move a long distance in just a few seconds it takes to look away.
- Fatigue can have similar effects as drinking, which makes an overly tired driver more likely to cause a pedestrian fatality accident.
What Can Be Recovered by Filing a Wrongful Death Claim for a Pedestrian Fatality?
Either the estate of the deceased or immediate family members (spouse and children) may file a wrongful death claim. If there is no spouse or children, other family members may file such as parents or siblings. By filing a claim, the family members may obtain closure and justice by knowing the negligent driver is being held responsible for their actions with the help of an accident attorney. The following may be recovered:
- Funeral and burial expenses are recoverable in a wrongful death claim.
- The loss of earnings and benefits the decedent received can be recovered until they would have reached the age of retirement. Benefits may include their pension, insurance, bonuses or tips as well as others. Children are deprived of guidance, care and protection, which can be recovered.
- The surviving spouse may recover compensation for their loss of consortium, affection and companionship they received from the decedent.
- Mental anguish is compensation for the pain and sorrow of the loss.
- The children in the family, whether natural or adopted, may recover damages for the loss of nurturing and guidance provided by the decedent. If stepchildren obtain at least half their support from the decedent, they may join in filing the claim.
- The loss of help around the household may also be claimed. It includes work the decedent normally performed around the home, which now has to be paid for someone else to do.
Truckee Wrongful Death Lawyer
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