Most pedestrians in California take measures to ensure their personal safety. Unfortunately, their lives could still be endangered due to the actions of others. In fact, the California Highway Patrol is investigating an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian that resulted in the loss of life. The victim’s surviving family members could potentially decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit as a result of the incident.
Police were called to the scene one afternoon on a day in January after they were notified of an accident involving a pedestrian. Unfortunately, the 70-year-old woman struck by a vehicle owned by the local government was determined to be dead approximately 10 minutes after police received calls. The victim was apparently attempting to cross the road at an intersection when she was struck.
Reports indicate that the view of the intersection may have been obstructed by sewer equipment in use by crews in the area. Police report that the driver who was reportedly driving the vehicle that struck the woman remained at the scene. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to have played a role in the crash.
While most people in California are aware of their own mortality, they likely do not believe that something as simple as crossing the street will result in a fatal accident. Those who have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence have the option of seeking recompense in a civil court by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In this case, an experienced attorney can help the victim’s family seek justice against all responsible parties, potentially including the driver of the vehicle that allegedly struck her — and his or her employer — and those responsible for the equipment that may have caused limited visibility.
Source: dailycal.org, “70-year-old woman struck, killed by city-owned vehicle near UC Berkeley“, Ani Vahradyan, Jan. 13, 2018