[03-22-2024] Santa Cruz County, CA – 20-Year-Old Male Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Vehicle Along Highway 1 Outside Watsonville

[03-22-2024] 20-Year-Old Male Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Vehicle Along Highway 1 Outside WatsonvilleA 20-year-old male pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle outside Watsonville early Friday morning, March 22, 2024.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal collision happened before 2:00 a.m. along Highway 1 south of Main Street.

Reports indicate that a man was attempting to cross the highway wearing dark clothing. The victim was declared dead after he was struck by a 2019 Honda Civic in the number two lane.

The deceased’s identity remains undisclosed, pending notification of the family. The 54-year-old driver of the Honda was not driving under the influence during the incident.

The CHP did not make any arrests, but investigations into the fatal collision are underway.

Award-winning Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County

In Watsonville and other areas of Santa Cruz County, pedestrians share the same right to safety as drivers and motorcyclists. You are entitled to financial compensation if a driver’s negligence injured you or killed your loved one as a pedestrian.

Obtain legal advice from our award-winning Santa Cruz County pedestrian accident lawyers at Arash Law. The legal team, led by Arash Khorsandi, Esq., will assist you in filing a claim and recovering money for your injuries or the loss of your loved one. Our clients have been awarded compensation totaling more than $500 Million.

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8 Steps to Take Immediately After A Watsonville Pedestrian Accident

It is tough to think clearly after being hit by a vehicle, let alone if you are injured. However, what you say and do at the scene of the crash can significantly affect the outcome of a subsequent claim you file against the at-fault party. These tips may help you avoid doing something that could reduce the value of your personal injury claim:

  1. Call the police as soon as the accident occurs and ensure an officer creates an accident report.
  2. Take photos of your injuries, the scene of the accident, property damage, the weather conditions, the road conditions, and the vehicle that hit you.
  3. Remember also to take pictures of the at-fault driver’s license, insurance card, and license plate.
  4. Get the names and contact information of all eyewitnesses or anyone who may have any knowledge about the incident.
  5. See a doctor or other healthcare professional immediately, and tell them about any part of your body that was injured or might have been harmed in the accident.
  6. Keep a journal about your injuries and the recovery process, detailing how you feel, the treatment you receive, and what costs you pay.
  7. Do not speak to an insurance adjuster or accept a settlement offer until you talk to an experienced lawyer.
  8. Stay off social media and avoid posting about being in an accident or the circumstances of your accident.

If you’re having trouble securing the accident report from the authorities or an insurer keeps on calling you about the accident, contact our lawyers specializing in pedestrian accident cases immediately so we can assist you in communicating with them.

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 7,388 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes, while about 60,000 pedestrians were injured in 2021.

Deaths from pedestrians increased by 46.2% between 2011 and 2020, while deaths from other traffic increased by 14.4%. The number of pedestrian deaths between 2019 and 2020 has increased by 3.9%, in spite of the fact that there have been 13.2% fewer vehicles on the roads during that same period.

An estimated 2% of crash fatalities were caused by bicyclists, and about 17% were caused by pedestrians. Watsonville had approximately 27 pedestrian-related fatalities and injuries in 2023, based on the data provided by the Transportation Injury Mapping System.

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