One person was killed while another was left seriously hurt after a major pedestrian crash on Highway 41 on Saturday night, January 2.
The deadly accident transpired at approximately 10:56 p.m. on 41 Freeway at Friant Road off-ramp. An unidentified pedestrian was reportedly hit by two vehicles on the freeway’s northbound lanes.
How the accident occurred, and the reason why it happened is currently unclear. A concerned civilian pulled over onto the center divider to assist the victim but was also struck by another vehicle after attempting to help.
The pedestrian was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene. The concerned civilian sustained significant injuries from the crash and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Authorities suspect that the driver of the second vehicle may have attempted to avoid the first accident before hitting the pedestrian. Additional information about the crash is unavailable at the moment.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are currently investigating the possible factors that may have affected the crash.
Pedestrian accidents in California are becoming a growing concern. In 2018, approximately 6,227 pedestrians were killed in the U.S., according to the Governors Highway Safety Administration. This type of accident is commonly caused by distracted driving, negligent driving, speeding, and drivers failing to yield to pedestrians.
It is also essential to consider how pedestrians are more vulnerable to the dangers on the road compared to passengers of private vehicles. Pedestrians currently make up a large percentage of traffic fatalities in the U.S. these past 33 years.
When experiencing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Fresno accident attorney by your side to conduct an independent investigation on your behalf. Attorneys have the resources that can help them prove the negligence of the liable party. They can re-interview important witnesses, review relevant surveillance footage from the scene, and obtain the responsible party’s phone and texting records.
Fresno County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal pedestrian accident may cause immense pain and emotional trauma to the victim’s family. During this challenging moment, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s assistance.
Although their loved ones won’t be brought back to life anymore, they can give their loved one’s justice through the wrongful death claim. Through the wrongful death claim, the liable party will be required by law to provide financial compensation for the victim’s medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering of the decedent, and loss of companionship.
Our lawyers from Arash Law are here to help you with your case. Our firm has over decades worth of experience and resources to help our clients receive the justice they deserve. 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.