Readers of our San Francisco personal injury blog are well aware of the dangers inherent to pedestrians on city roadways and sidewalks. Pedestrians are constantly at risk of injury, or even death, in accidents caused by negligent drivers and cyclists. In the most serious of cases, these accidents may lead to the filing of a wrongful death claim.
Contra Costa saw far too many of these accidents in 2012, and it looks like they will unfortunately continue into 2013. Authorities recently identified the identity of a woman who was killed in a pedestrian accident. The victim was struck by two vehicles in the early evening hours as she was walking in San Francisco. She sustained fatal injuries in the accident, and was pronounced dead at the scene. It is believed the woman may have been on her way home from work when the accident occurred.
The unexpected loss of a loved one is heartbreaking. It can be even more difficult if that loss may have been prevented. For this reason, it is important for surviving family members of victims killed in accidents to know that they may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim is a civil claim for relief, separate from any criminal prosecution. It allows the surviving family members of the victim to pursue damages against the negligent parties responsible for their loved one's death.
A wrongful death claim may arise in any number of circumstances, including pedestrian and car accidents. The damages that may be recovered in a wrongful death claim depend on several factors. However, surviving family members are often able to recover compensation for things such as medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
Source: The San Francisco Chronicle, "Victim identified in SoMa pedestrian fatal," Jaxon Van Derbeken, Jan. 19, 2013.