Pickup Driver Hits and Kills Pedestrian in Oroville 

Pedestrian in Oroville Struck and Killed on Lincoln Boulevard

A pedestrian in Oroville was killed after a pickup driver struck him on January 24. The accident happened at the Lincoln Boulevard and Mill Street intersection at about 5:49 p.m. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers stated that a Palermo resident in a Toyota Tacoma was going south along Lincoln Boulevard as a man walked in the lane. 

Driver Could Not Avoid Hitting Pedestrian in Oroville

The driver said he observed the pedestrian in the street too late to avoid striking the man. The pedestrian died from the collision. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be factors in the accident. 

Information Sought in Fatal Pedestrian Accident

The investigation is ongoing by CHP traffic collision detectives. Those who have information about the accident are being asked to contact the CHP at (530) 332-1231 under number 155, the reference log for the incident.

Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities on Highways

The rate of pedestrian fatalities in our state averages 25 percent higher than in the rest of the country, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. People walking on the street or highway will most likely be involved in pedestrian accidents after dark. Fatal pedestrian accidents are caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • A pedestrian’s chance of dying in an accident is increased by driver inattention, fatigue, speeding, and impairment.
  • Highways are used mainly by pedestrians for crossing. Motorists speeding on highways are more likely to hit pedestrians since they don’t have time to avoid hitting them. Motorists can often miss the pedestrian until it is too late to avoid striking them.
  • In mechanical problems, a pedestrian in Oroville may stop to fix their vehicle or push it off the road.
  • In some cases, pedestrians are killed on the road due to previous accidents. There have been cases in which pedestrians have been injured after being thrown from their vehicles. The people may exchange information, examine crash damage to their vehicle, or wait for assistance. In these cases, inattentive drivers and poor road lighting may contribute to pedestrian accidents.
  • Walking along the side of the road or on the shoulder of the road can lead to pedestrian fatalities. Some pedestrians cross the street illegally as well. A driver’s error or distraction is commonly responsible for a crash involving a pedestrian in Oroville.

Bringing a Lawsuit for Wrongful Death

The family of a deceased person may file a wrongful death claim if their loved one died as a result of the negligence of another party, such as a driver or other entity. If a state or federal agency poorly designed, built, repaired, or maintained the roadway, you may also be able to file a lawsuit. The agency responsible for the roadway owes a duty of care to anyone who uses the road. However, the claim must be filed within six months of the accident, so seeking advice from a lawyer might be a good idea.

In the video below, accident attorney Ed Smith explains the process of filing a wrongful death claim: 

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Oroville

I’m Ed Smith, a wrongful death attorney in Oroville. It is possible for the family of a deceased loved one to claim compensation if negligence on the part of a motorist or another entity led to the death. For free and friendly advice, please call us at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. Our online contact form is also available.

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