Pedestrians in Kern County face a constant threat from motor vehicles, especially over the holiday season. The holidays can bring out more motorists and have people focused on festivities rather than watching the roads for anyone who may be on foot.
Potential victims can be those trying to cross a street or highway. Those experiencing car trouble may also suddenly be pedestrians along a busy freeway and risk suffering a devastating injury after a strike from a careless driver.
Christmas Eve Pedestrian Hit-And-Run in Kern County
A tragic freeway accident on Christmas Eve night claimed the life of a pedestrian in southern Kern County. KGET-TV reports the accident occurred along Interstate 5 north of the Highway 138 interchange just after 10 p.m. on Friday, December 24, 2021.
The California Highway Patrol says the deceased victim was a 40-year-old man. He was apparently struck in the northbound lanes. The driver responsible for the accident did not stay on the scene.
Several lanes of I-5 were closed for nearly five hours as the CHP investigated the scene. Their investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the driver or vehicle involved should call the Highway Patrol.
Help for Families After a Fatal Kern County Hit-And-Run Accident
Families will never completely recover from the grief and emotional pain of losing a loved one. However, they must be free to mourn without the worry over the bills that arise after a tragic accident.
That monetary support can be harder to secure when the drivers responsible decide to leave the scenes of accidents and attempt to avoid liability for their mistakes. However, family members can still earn support even if a hit-and-run suspect remains unidentified.
When a suspect is apprehended, a wrongful death claim can be filed against the driver’s auto insurance company. This claim would ask for help with the enormous costs of a funeral. It would also seek to replace the income the victim can no longer provide to his or her family in the future.
When a suspect remains at large and isn’t located, families may be able to call upon their own car insurance policy. The victim may have had uninsured motorist coverage that could help out the family financially at such a difficult time. If the victim did not carry car insurance, he or she may have been covered by a family member’s policy.
Contact a California Wrongful Death Attorney
Martin Gasparian, of Maison Law, wants to protect the rights of families who have already been put through so much. Families will have suffered through the tremendous shock of suddenly losing a loved one and deserve to be treated fairly and with respect by insurance companies.
Contact a Central Valley and Southern California Wrongful Death Lawyer so that we can oversee your case. It’s important to make sure insurance companies aren’t allowed to unfairly reject your claim for financial support and rob your family of benefits.