Pedestrian Killed in Elk Grove Car Accident Identified

Woman Identified Who Was Walking Along Sheldon Road and Killed

A pedestrian who was killed in a car accident in Elk Grove recently has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. The deceased person, 60-year-old Insuk Lancaster, died in a traffic collision along Sheldon Road between Bradshaw and Waterman roads, where she was walking around 9:20 p.m. The Elk Grove Police Department said the vehicle involved was a Lexus, which was moving no faster than the speed limit. 

Fatal Car Accident Involving Pedestrian Under Investigation

Authorities do not think that alcohol or drugs contributed to the collision. It is uncertain whether the deceased woman was unhoused. However, a minimum of 13 unhoused individuals have been struck and killed by motorists this year.

Death of a Loved One and Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death claims can be filed by personal injury lawyers when pedestrian deaths are caused by negligence. In the event of a fatal car accident, the negligent party may be held liable, which not only helps the family financially but assists them in obtaining justice. The compassionate wrongful death lawyers at our firm have handled many successful cases and are experienced in obtaining compensation for grieving families.

Pedestrian Death Compensation

Immediate family members may be able to sue for a pedestrian wrongful death in a car accident caused by the negligence of a driver. In addition, the estate administrator may file a claim on behalf of the decedent. However, only one lawsuit can be filed. You may be able to recover the following: 

  • Costs associated with burials and funerals are recoverable if your loved one died in a car accident.
  • Any wages, pensions, insurance, bonuses, tips and the like earned by the deceased can be recovered.
  • The surviving spouse may claim a loss of consortium, affection and moral support provided by the decedent.
  • A beneficiary’s share of what the decedent could have given them if he or she lived may be distributed to those named in the will.
  • If the decedent had lived, the children would have received guidance and training for which compensation can be sought.
  • When the deceased provided at least half of the financial support to the stepchildren, they may be entitled to damages.
  • A claim can be filed by the children of a deceased offspring of the decedent.
  • There may be compensation for the loss of household services such as vehicle and lawn maintenance, child care, tax preparation and more that the loved one provided.
  • When the decedent did not pass away immediately or was hospitalized prior to death, the estate or family may file a survival action. Essentially, the proceeding replaces the personal injury lawsuit that the decedent would have brought if they were still alive. Survival actions include medical bills and pain and suffering associated with the accident before the death.
  • The family of a deceased loved one may be able to seek punitive damages if the negligent party acted in an egregious or intentional manner. It may be helpful to ask your lawyer about the possibility of requesting punitive damages in California since they are rarely awarded.

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Elk Grove 

I’m Ed Smith, a wrongful death lawyer in Elk Grove. Contact us at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400 for our free and friendly advice about the possibility of filing a wrongful death claim. Our online contact form is available if you prefer.

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