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Sacramento Accident Results in Pedestrian Fatality

Pedestrian Fatality on Interstate 5 Near Cosumnes River Boulevard

An accident along Interstate 5 in Sacramento resulted in a pedestrian fatality on March 23. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a report at around 10:00 at night about a female walking along the southbound side of the interstate close to Cosumnes River Boulevard and the Freeport neighborhood. While the police were in transit to the site, the woman was struck by an older BMW and possibly several other vehicles. All the vehicles involved fled the scene. No information has yet been released on the identity of the deceased, which would not be available until notification of the next of kin by the coroner’s office. Following the collision, the southbound lanes were blocked until after 3:00 a.m., and traffic had to be diverted from Pocket Road to Highway 99. The accident is being investigated by the CHP to determine how it occurred. The CHP is asking anyone who witnessed the accident to call Officer Young at (916) 681-2300.

What to Do After a Death

When a friend, coworker, or family loses a loved one, it can be difficult to know what to do, especially after a pedestrian fatality. People are concerned and sympathetic but may not know how to react or help in this difficult situation. When the loss just happened, family members are grief-stricken, confused and in denial many times. Some of the following tips can help you help them through this difficult part in their lives, such as:

  • Send a condolence card or flowers to the family, especially if you can’t be there in person. This lets them know that you are thinking about them and their loss.
  • See what you can do to help out. Offering to run errands, pick up groceries, mow the lawn, and other tasks are needed when a death has occurred in the family. Because the family is so consumed with grief, they may not even realize that household tasks are going by the wayside.
  • Bring over prepared food. Family members may not be inclined to cook. If the grieving person is a widow or widower, accompany them to the grocery store in addition because they may not be accustomed to going there alone.
  • Be a good listener. People who are grieving may need to talk about their loved one and what happened. It is a part of the grieving process. 
  • Remember that there is no timeline for grief. Some people will go on with their lives more quickly than others. It is important to remember that and continue to communicate and help grieving people.

Related Article by Sacramento Wrongful Death Attorney Ed Smith:

Proving a Wrongful Death Case After a Pedestrian Fatality

As in all cases involving personal injuries, it has to be proven that negligence was the cause of an individual’s death following a pedestrian fatality in order to place a compensation claim. We send our investigators to the accident site to gather evidence to prove that it was a wrongful death. They begin by interviewing the witnesses and reviewing the police report for errors. They perform accident reconstruction also because it is widely used in courts and by insurance companies. Accident reconstruction shows the position of vehicles before the accident and illustrates exactly how it happened. Traffic surveillance and business cameras are other important sources of evidence because they may have caught the accident in real-time as it occurred. When the information has all been gathered, our lawyers use the evidence to build a case in favor of our client. It can be used when negotiating for the family with the insurance company or in preparing a court case.

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a wrongful death lawyer in Sacramento. When a negligent individual or entity causes the death of a loved one in a pedestrian fatality, the family may place a claim for compensation. Of course, this will not help with the family’s grief and sense of loss, but it can help alleviate financial stress. If you would like my free and friendly advice, please give me a call at (916) 921-6400. Out-of-area callers can reach me at (800) 404-5400. I also offer an online form where you can message me.

During the 38 years that I have worked as an injury lawyer, I’ve helped numerous Sacramentans get compensation for any type of traffic accident, negligence cases involving government entities, wrongful deaths, and serious injuries.

I’m a California member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and the Million Dollar Forum.

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