Update | Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Southbound I-680 in Contra Costa County

Pedestrian Fatality on Southbound I-680

On the morning of Thursday, February 16, 2023, the California Highway Patrol reported a pedestrian fatality following a traffic accident on southbound I-680 in Walnut Creek. The incident occurred shortly after 4:30 a.m. on southbound Interstate 680 at Treat Boulevard, according to investigators.

Details on the Pedestrian Fatality Reported on Southbound I-680

A preliminary release by authorities revealed that a pedestrian was struck by an oncoming vehicle in the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes of southbound Interstate 680 at Treat Boulevard in Walnut Creek. An ambulance was requested at the site to assist the injured pedestrian, according to the California Highway Patrol.

All lanes of southbound I-680 were blocked due to the vehicle versus pedestrian collision, according to CHP traffic officers. The coroner was requested at the scene shortly after the incident. A tow truck was requested at the site to remove the involved vehicle, a Ford van said to have been loaded with carpet.

Officials have recently identified the decedent as 56-year-old Pittsburg resident Timoteo Fernandez-Ortiz. Additional information on the fatal vehicle versus pedestrian accident on southbound Interstate 680 at Treat Boulevard in Contra Costa County was not immediately available. An investigation into the crash is ongoing by the CHP.

What Survivors Should Know About Wrongful Death Cases for Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians involved in motor vehicle collisions may suffer severe and debilitating injuries. In some cases, they may succumb to accident-related injuries. Those who have been injured or lost a family member in a car versus pedestrian accident may have grounds for a claim for damages. In wrongful death matters, compensation may be awarded to eligible surviving family members. Those with priority generally include the domestic partner, spouse, or children. Other relatives may have eligibility based on the facts and circumstances surrounding the matter.

While no amount of financial recovery may undo the loss or reverse the harm survivors have experienced, it may assist them in moving forward without having to worry about their financial stability in the future. The first step in recovering compensation in a wrongful death pedestrian accident case is to retain legal counsel. Remember that these cases are subject to a two-year statute of limitations but may be shortened to six months if the matter involves a public agency. An experienced attorney can help your family navigate California wrongful death law and claims process with insurance companies.

As a survivor, you may seek compensation for the loss of a loved one and the associated damages through a wrongful death action. If the at-fault party does not have auto insurance, or they have insufficient coverage, you may have other options for recovery. This includes your family member’s insurance policy or your plan if there is uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage available. To bring a UM or UIM claim under your plan, the deceased must have been a member of your household and not excluded from the policy. For more details, contact a skilled California personal injury attorney.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Concord injury attorney. When it comes to vehicle versus pedestrian accidents, it is often the pedestrian who is left to deal with catastrophic injuries. In some cases, it may result in a loss of life. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident due to a negligent driver or entity, our injury lawyers encourage you to contact us for compassionate, free, and friendly advice on your potential case at (925) 428-5220 or (800) 404-5400.

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