Stockton Pedestrian Dies in Traffic Accident on West Lane

Pedestrian Killed in Stockton

A traffic accident in Stockton on January 29 cost the life of a pedestrian when he was struck by a motor vehicle. The accident occurred at about 7:15 in the evening on West Lane, where it connects with Pyrenees Avenue, according to a representative from the Stockton Police Department. The adult male pedestrian was declared deceased at the accident scene. It was reported by the police that the driver of the vehicle remained at the accident site and cooperated in the investigation. Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been a factor in the accident. The name of the pedestrian who died has not been released pending notification of the family.

Dealing With Grief After a Sudden Death

A sudden, unexpected death caused by the negligent actions of another person or entity in a traffic accident can leave the family reeling with shock and grief. Questions often arise, such as why it had to happen, could they have done anything to prevent it, and how will they cope with this terrible loss of a loved one. One way to help bring closure is to file a wrongful death claim against the offending party. Although this will not ease the grief felt by family members, it can help with the financial loss and hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions.

Ways to Help Families Who Are Grieving

It is important for other family members and friends to offer support when a loved one is lost in a traffic accident, but even more so when tragedy strikes in sudden death. Some of the ways you can help include:

  • Be there for practical support. Sending meals, offering to help with children, and accompanying grieving family members on outings is helpful. This is especially true when making funeral arrangements because it is one of the most difficult tasks they will face.
  • Check on a regular basis to see how the bereaved person is doing. After a death, people can feel abandoned. It is important that they have someone to talk to, especially about their lost loved one.
  • Offer positive distractions. Finding a break from constant grief is healthy and helpful. Offer to take a bereaved person out to dinner, on a recreational outing, or to a movie.
  • Send something over. Sending flowers, food, or cards shows that you care.
  • Be present for the difficult moments. People who are grieving need to vent their anger, sorrow, and frustrations. A listening ear is always welcome.
  • Stay in touch. Once the funeral is over, the bereaved person has to adjust to a new life without their loved one. It is important to continue to share memories with them, visit, and call. 

Contacting a Lawyer for Help

An experienced lawyer can help you get compensation for the loss of a loved one when negligence was involved. Our investigators are sent to the accident site right away to gather evidence. They begin by checking the police report for accuracy and talking to any witnesses. The investigators perform accident reconstruction and check for any video cameras at traffic lights or businesses. They look for evidence that lack of maintenance by a government agency might have contributed to the death and for road marks that indicate whether the driver tried to stop. After the evidence is gathered, our lawyers use it to build a case for compensation. They use it either in negotiating with the insurance company or preparing a strong case to present in civil court. 

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Stockton

I’m Ed Smith, a wrongful death lawyer in Stockton. When someone else’s negligence caused a loved one’s death because of a traffic accident, I may be able to help you obtain compensation, which can relieve your financial burden. You can phone me for my free and friendly advice at (209) 227-1931 or outside the area code at (800) 404-5400. You can also message me online.

In my 38 years as an injury lawyer, I’ve succeeded in obtaining compensation for many types of traffic collisions, truck accidents, and traumatic injuries.

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