California pedestrians can be at a high risk of an accident whenever they are in the presence of a negligent or distracted driver. Serious injuries, and sometimes even fatalities, can result from a pedestrian accident involving any kind of motor vehicle. The fact is, though, drivers and pedestrians must share the road responsibly. Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in every state when they are at a crosswalk; the same holds true in some states sometimes even when pedestrians are not in crosswalks.
A pedestrian was recently hit by car during the early evening. It was not immediately reported if the pedestrian was male or female. While early indications were that the pedestrian was in critical condition, authorities confirmed that the pedestrian had actually been killed. It was not clear if the pedestrian passed away at the scene of the accident or at the hospital.
Other details were also unavailable. While authorities stated that the driver did stop at site of the accident, they did not indicate if any citations were issued. It was not immediately clear if authorities suspected drug or alcohol of playing a part in the accident. The investigation appears to still be ongoing.
Even though no amount of financial compensation can fully compensate for the loss of a loved one, there are legal means available that could help ease the victim's family's stress. If there is evidence suggesting that a pedestrian accident resulted because of negligent actions of another party, a suit can be filed in a California court. Damages may include final expenses, loss of companionship, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, medical expenses and other expenses that were incurred as a result of such a tragic event.
Source: losangeles.cbslocal.com, Pedestrian Struck, Reportedly Killed In South Whittier, No author, Nov. 8, 2013