Fatal Pedestrian Accident Occurs Near 29th Street
A pedestrian fatality accident that occurred recently in Sacramento ended up with the involved driver being placed under arrest. The collision occurred in South Sacramento near the 29th Street intersection with Gardendale Road before 10:00 p.m. Officers with the Sacramento Police Department arrived at the scene to discover a pedestrian who had been seriously injured.
Driver Arrested for Suspected Drunk Driving in Pedestrian Fatality Crash
Although life-saving measures were performed by the officers, which were then taken over by the Sacramento Fire Department, the pedestrian died. As they investigated the pedestrian fatality accident, a 60-year-old man was found at a residence nearby and placed under arrest as the alleged driver who struck the walker. He was booked on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while drinking and DUI. The identity of the deceased pedestrian will be released when the family has been notified.
Claimants’ Rights After a Family Member’s Death
Families of pedestrians who died as a result of negligence can file wrongful death claims through a personal injury lawyer. A negligent party may be found responsible for the pedestrian fatality by filing a lawsuit. The compassionate attorneys at our firm have handled many wrongful death cases successfully and have the experience necessary to obtain compensation on behalf of grieving families.
Pedestrian Death Compensation
The immediate family members of a deceased driver have the right to sue in cases of a pedestrian fatality caused by driver negligence. It is also possible for the executor of the estate to file. There can, however, only be one lawsuit filed. You may be able to recover:
- Costs associated with burials and funerals can be recovered.
- Wages, pensions, insurance, tips, bonuses, and any other benefits earned by the decedent are recoverable.
- In addition to loss of consortium, the surviving spouse may also claim lack of affection and moral support provided by the deceased.
- Children would have received guidance, training and nurturing if the decedent had lived, which can be recovered as damages.
- There may be an opportunity for beneficiaries named in the will to receive the money they would have inherited had the decedent lived.
- If at least 50 percent of the decedent’s financial support was provided to the stepchildren, they might be entitled to damages.
- If the loved one provided household services like vehicle and lawn maintenance, child care, tax preparation, and more, compensation may be available.
Filing a Survival Action
In the event the decedent did not die instantly or was hospitalized before he or she passed away, the estate or family may file a survival action. A personal injury suit could have been filed if the decedent was still alive, but this proceeding replaces it. Any medical bills incurred as a result of the pedestrian fatality accident, as well as pain and suffering before death, are included in a survival action.
A family whose loved one died as a result of egregious or intentional behavior may be entitled to punitive damages. It may be helpful to ask your lawyer if punitive damages can be requested in California since this award is rarely given.
Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer
I am Ed Smith. I’m a personal injury attorney. When a wrongful death lawsuit is filed, it can help hold the negligent driver accountable and prevent other tragedies from occurring in the future. A lawsuit can help ensure that justice is served if a person is wrongfully killed in an accident, although no amount of money can ever replace that loss. If you would like to talk with us about your case, please call (916) 921-6400 for our friendly and free advice. We can also be reached by phone at (800) 404-5400 or online.
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