California ranks as one of the worst states for traffic congestion and that unfortunate distinction will always mean added risk for pedestrians. People can be extra cautious walking along a road or trying to cross a street but distracted motorists can always render that caution useless when they fail to exercise even basic care around pedestrians.
In 2017, California saw 14,554 pedestrian accidents involving injuries. According to the California Highway Patrol another 963 pedestrians lost their lives in that same year.
Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Tulare County
One person has been killed after a collision involving an SUV early Thursday morning in the city of Pixley. ABC30-TV reported the accident happened just before 5 a.m. along Highway 99 on September 24, 2020.
The California Highway Patrol says the man was struck by a Mitsubishi Outlander on the northbound side of the highway just south of Avenue 96. The victim passed away on the scene.
The cause of the collision has not been released. The Highway Patrol does not believe drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident.
Compensation for Tulare County Families After an Accident
The families left behind after a tragic pedestrian accident face so many hardships after losing a loved one. The news of the deadly crash will leave the family to mourn in the wake, but the accident can also result in a terrible financial burden for close relatives.
Deceased victims will no longer be able to support their families financially through their work and weekly salaries. At the same time, ambulance fees, hospital bills, and funeral costs will come due. The family may not know where to turn or even how to seek help from the driver who caused the tragedy.
The state of California provides a means of recovering some of the damages left behind after a deadly accident. Close relatives can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver. A lawsuit can’t bring back a beloved family member, but it can alleviate some of the burden on families in the aftermath of an accident.
The family has up to two years from the time of death to file this civil lawsuit. The claim attempts to get compensation from the driver’s insurance company for things like medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost wages now and paychecks the deceased victim would have supported family members with in the future. Emotional trauma the close relatives endure can also be compensated.
Contact a Tulare County Wrongful Death Lawyer
The person responsible for your loved one’s death should be held accountable for the consequences of his or her actions. If a careless driver took the life of a family member, contact a Tulare attorney who can fight for your family and get them the compensation needed to ensure they are cared for now and in the future.
After a tragic accident, contact an experienced Tulare pedestrian accident lawyer such as Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every family should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice, and personalized attention to detail their case deserves.