San Francisco residents are no strangers to pedestrian accidents. These accidents can be minor, or cause serious injuries or death. In cases where the pedestrian was injured at the hands of a negligent party, he or she may be entitled to compensation.
A recent pedestrian accident left a senior dead when he was hit by a vehicle in downtown San Francisco. The 74-year-old was crossing the street in the 300 block of Grand Avenue when the accident occurred. He sustained serious head injuries and later passed away as a result of the injuries. The accident is currently under investigation.
Further details of the accident are currently unavailable, so it is unknown whether or not the family members of the victim may be entitled to file a claim on his behalf. However, in cases where pedestrians are killed as a result of another's negligence, the surviving family members may file a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death happens when a person is killed due to the misconduct or negligence of another person or company. The claim belongs to the victim's immediate family members - usually the surviving spouse and the victim's children. There are several elements that must be met to file a wrongful death claim. The death of the victim must have been caused by another person's negligence or with intent to cause harm. The surviving family members need to show they will suffer monetary injury due to the loss of their loved one. Finally, a probate estate needs to be opened for the victim, and a personal representative appointed to oversee the estate.
The wrongful death of a loved one caused by another's actions can be heartbreaking. Although no amount of money can replace the loss, surviving family members should know that they may be entitled to compensation for their loss.
Source: South San Francisco Patch, "Pedestrian hit on Grand dies from injuries," Taylor Wiles, Oct. 31, 2012