California pedestrians must exercise extreme caution on roadways. Even though they have the right of way in certain circumstances, there is always the risk that negligent and reckless drivers won't see them until the last possible second. These drivers can cause severe injuries and sometimes fatalities when involved in a pedestrian accident.
A pedestrian was recently hit by a car during the early morning commute hours. It was not immediately reported if the pedestrian was male or female, or where the pedestrian was walking when he or she was struck. Early reports said that the pedestrian was severely injured, but it was later reported that he or she had passed away. It was not immediately available if the pedestrian had died at the scene of the accident, or if he or she had been transferred to a hospital and passed away there.
The accident occurred on southbound El Camino Real. All lanes were shut down in both directions to help with accident reconstruction. Originally authorities reported that the driver in question had stopped and was cooperating with them. Later, however, it was reported that a second vehicle may have been involved in the accident, one which had fled the scene.
Authorities did not indicate if any citations were issued against the driver who remained on the scene. They also did not indicate if any charges were anticipated against the other driver who was allegedly involved and later found. There was no indication if weather had played a factor, or if drugs or alcohol were suspected as playing a part in the accident. The investigation appears to still be ongoing.
Obviously the family members who remain are left with the burden of grief. They are also facing overwhelming financial obligations as well. If there is evidence that one or both of the drivers involved in this pedestrian accident was negligent, the surviving family members may file a suit in a California court. Any damages may be applied toward lost wages, final expenses and any other expenses that the family is facing.
Source: nbcbayarea.com, Pedestrian Killed, Sig-Alert on El Camino Real in San Mateo, No author, Dec. 2, 2013