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Public Help Sought in Sacramento Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Help Sought in Power Inn Road Hit-and-Run

Police investigators in Sacramento are seeking help from the public to find the hit-and-run vehicle that caused a fatal pedestrian accident on January 30. The vehicle in question is believed to be a 2009-2011 Mazda 3, according to a Sacramento Police Department spokesman. It may have damage to the windshield on the right-hand side and right headlight and be missing the passenger side mirror. 

Details of the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

The collision was initially reported as occurring around 1:50 a.m. near the Power Inn Road/Butte Avenue intersection, which is located near Colonial Village. This was when police discovered a seriously injured man in the roadway. The officers performed measures to try and save the man’s life. However, upon the arrival of emergency responders with the Sacramento Fire Department, the pedestrian was declared deceased at the accident site. The vehicle that struck the pedestrian had fled the scene.

Where to Call With Information

Police investigators combed the area for witnesses and evidence. The name of the deceased pedestrian has not been released pending notification of the family. Those with information about the fatal accident can contact Crime Stoppers (916) 443-4357 or the Sacramento Police Department (916) 808-5471. Information can also be left at the Crime Stoppers P3 Tips website if they wish to remain anonymous.

Causes of a Pedestrian Fatality

Injuries and deaths in a pedestrian accident are frequently caused by negligence. An attorney can help the grieving family recover the compensation they will need in order to move forward. The following types of negligence are typically responsible for pedestrian fatalities:

  • A driver is speeding and can’t stop in time to prevent colliding with a pedestrian crossing the street.
  • Often, motorists are distracted by texting or talking on their cell phones and fail to notice someone in their path, resulting in pedestrian fatalities.
  • Intoxicated drivers have difficulty focusing and controlling their vehicle’s brakes and accelerator. Thus, the driver causes a pedestrian accident that results in death.
  • There is a problem with the crossing lights at the intersection, and both the driver and the pedestrian believe it is safe to proceed. The government agency responsible for road maintenance can be liable in these cases that involve their negligence.
  • The driver who stays up too late the night before or works in changing shifts may suffer from fatigue without realizing it. The danger posed by a fatigued driver is no different than that exhibited by a drunk driver.
  • The brakes, accelerator, or steering of a car are all affected by mechanical defects. The family of a loved one who dies in an accident because of an auto defect may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer in cases such as these.

Pedestrian Accidents That Cause the Loss of a Loved One

Even when the death is expected, losing a loved one is devastating to the family. Sadly, a family member’s death can result from unexpected accidents caused by negligence. As a family, they are confronted with the absence of the deceased and their own grief, anger, and sense of helplessness due to the manner in which the life of their loved one ended.

Seeking Justice for the Loss of a Loved One

Our law firm knows families need answers about how an accident occurred. A decedent’s family wants justice for their loved one whose death was caused by the negligence of another driver. Losing a family member is hard enough. Financial worry, especially if the deceased supported the family financially, adds to their stress.

How Filing a Wrongful Death Claim Can Help

By filing a wrongful death claim, the administrator of the estate or the immediate family can recover those financial losses. Some areas in which monetary compensation can be recovered include lost wages until the age of retirement, funeral and burial costs, and loss of consortium. 

Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer

My name is Ed Smith, and I am a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. When your family member died because of a negligent driver, you might want to consider placing a wrongful death claim. We have compassionate, free and friendly advice to offer you when you contact us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. If you prefer, you can message us online.

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