31-year-old Berkley resident, Isaac Orton was killed after getting struck by a vehicle in Oakland on Monday evening, September 14.
According to the initial reports from local authorities, the fatal crash transpired just before 7:36 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 880, just south of Interstate 80. The victim was trying to run across all lanes of the freeway from the center divider when a Toyota Prius hit him. The Prius driver remained at the scene and called the emergency hotline.
Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and attempted to perform CPR on the victim, but he was eventually pronounced dead at the scene. All lanes of Interstate 880 North were closed to give way for the cleanup and investigation.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Investigation is Underway
The California Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation. Witnesses that can provide valuable information about the accident are urged to contact the CHP at (510) 457-2875.
Pedestrians are more vulnerable to the dangers on the road in comparison to passengers in a private vehicle. Passengers of private cars are protected by seatbelts and airbags, decreasing the fatality rate of an accident while pedestrians are not as protected from the dangers on the road. Pedestrians currently make up a large percentage of traffic fatalities in the past 33 years. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. have increased by 27 percent from 2007-2016 while other traffic-related deaths decreased by 14 percent.
When facing cases like this, it’s imperative to have an experienced Alameda County wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal pedestrian accidents to conduct an independent investigation. Attorneys have the resources to interview essential witnesses, review related surveillance footage from the crash scene, and obtain phone and texting records of the liable party. All possible contributing factors, such as road conditions, signage visibility, and road lighting, must be considered and thoroughly examined during the independent investigation.
Alameda County Wrongful Death Claim for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
The victim’s family’s stress and sorrow will feel after suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal pedestrian accident can be quite overwhelming and stressful. While waiting for the official investigation results, the victim’s family is encouraged to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s assistance. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of income and companionship, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and emotional distress) that the accident has caused them.
Attorneys can serve as a compassionate, helpful legal guide during this difficult time for the grieving family. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable for their negligence. Attorneys can also negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of their clients to ensure that they are compensated fairly.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for your spouse or family member’s death, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.