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Pedestrian Fatality Occurs in Elverta Traffic Collision

Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit By Vehicle Near Elverta

A pedestrian fatality was reported near Elverta on January 19 following a collision with a motor vehicle. According to the report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident happened on Elverta Road close to 16th Street as the pedestrian was walking along the roadway around 11:00 p.m. Emergency responders were called to the scene following the vehicle collision and transported the injured pedestrian to a hospital where he died. 

Driver Remains at Scene and Cooperates With Authorities

The driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian remained at the accident scene and was cooperating with the officers conducting the investigation. Because thick fog has been a problem in the region, it has caused dangerous conditions both for motorists and others. No information was released on whether foggy conditions might have contributed to the pedestrian fatality accident. 

Help Following a Pedestrian Fatality

Our firm has helped grieving families who lost loved ones in accidents recover the compensation that they deserve since 1982. Our staff members and our legal team are aware of the traumatic effects pedestrian crashes have on victims and the grief their families experience when loved ones die. As our clients move through this difficult time, we work together to make it easier for them. It is our specialty to defend our clients’ rights, and we use our legal savvy and investigative diligence in order to successfully resolve their cases.

The Loss of a Loved One in a Pedestrian Fatality

Regardless of the circumstances, losing a loved one is devastating. The grief is compounded if the loss was the result of someone else’s negligence and was preventable. Trying to cope, Elverta family members struggle with grief, anger, depression, denial, and other feelings when their loved one was lost due to a pedestrian fatality accident. 

Seeking Help From a Compassionate and Skilled Lawyer

Those who have lost a loved one in a pedestrian fatality accident caused by a negligent driver can hire an attorney to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. By doing so, the at-fault party can be held responsible for their negligent actions. Having successfully handled many wrongful death claims, our compassionate attorneys can help your family get the compensation they deserve.

Recovering Compensation Following a Pedestrian Fatality Accident

After a pedestrian fatality accident caused by negligence, family members can seek financial compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The dependent recipients of the decedent’s support include his or her surviving spouse or putative spouse, children, or stepchildren who received at least one-half of their support from the person who died. There are various types of compensation available, including:

  • Funeral and burial expenses can be recouped.
  • The decedent’s future support, including pension and insurance benefits, can be recovered. 
  • A surviving spouse, putative spouse, or partner can obtain losses of consortium, moral support, comfort and affection. 
  • Loss of inheritance is recovered in some claims, which is the amount beneficiaries would have obtained had the decedent lived.
  • Children who have been deprived of training, care and guidance by the decedent can recover those losses.
  • In addition, the estate recovers losses associated with household services, such as lawn care and maintenance, and childcare.
  • The family may be able to claim punitive damages in a survival action if the death was egregious or intentional. When a decedent lived for some time before dying, it is called a survival action.

Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death attorney. When your family’s loved one has died due to a negligent driver, they might want to see if they can file a wrongful death claim. Contact us for our free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or at (800) 404-5400. An online contact form is available also.

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