Q Street Intersection Accident Involving Motor Vehicle Takes Life of Pedestrian
A pedestrian fatality was reported in Rio Linda on July 26 after the individual on foot was struck by an Infiniti. The accident happened at around 7:26 in the evening at the intersection of Q and 22nd Street, according to the incident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). First responders with the Sacramento Fire Department were called to the scene of the accident as well as a chaplain.
Pedestrian Fatality Accident Being Investigated
The vehicle in question was removed by a tow truck to be held as evidence. No information was released on whether the driver of the car remained at the scene or fled. The pedestrian fatality accident is being investigated by the CHP to determine how the collision happened. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has recently identified the decedent as 25-year-old Julian Steven Lee of Rio Linda.
Wrongful Death Claim After a Pedestrian Fatality
When a loved one dies because of a negligent driver, immediate family members may file a wrongful death claim. It won’t ease their grief and sense of loss, however, it can give the family a feeling that they are getting justice and a sense of closure. Some of the areas where compensation can be recovered include:
- The cost of the funeral and burial expenses
- Wages the deceased family member would have earned until their age of retirement, which includes pension, insurance, and other benefits
- The spouse can claim loss of consortium, moral support, affection and comfort
- Children in the family can claim the loss of guidance, care and training
- Loss of household services includes such areas as mowing the lawn, childcare and other duties performed previously by the decedent
- If the death was caused intentionally or in an especially egregious way, the family may be entitled to claim punitive damages through a survival action, which are meant to punish the wrongdoer
Why Should a Family File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Initially, it is difficult for the family to think of anything other than the fact their loved one is no longer with them. However, with time, it becomes clear that the loss of a supportive member of the family will have consequences. Aside from the financial difficulties that follow this loss, the absence of a family member who guided the family through all types of issues takes its toll.
In addition, the family’s anger over the unnecessary demise of their loved one makes it hard for them to reconcile. The family members need to find a way to achieve justice for the deceased, whose life was tragically taken. A wrongful death claim makes it clear that family members are holding the at-fault party responsible.
Rio Linda Wrongful Death Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Rio Linda wrongful death lawyer. When a loved one has died because of a negligent driver, the immediate family members may want to find out about placing a claim for wrongful death. We have free and friendly advice to offer you when you contact us at (916) 921-6400. We can also be reached at (800) 404-5400 or by messaging us online.
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