A 23-year-old woman identified as Layloni Ariel Ashley Rue was killed after being struck by a semi-truck in Bakersfield on Monday night, October 12.
According to the local authorities’ initial reports, the fatal accident transpired at around 8:00 pm. on eastbound Highway 85 near Mount Vernon Avenue. A semi-truck suddenly hit the victim who was crossing the traffic lanes on Highway 58 for unknown reasons.
How the collision occurred, and the reason why it happened is currently unclear. The victim was later pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the accident.
Local authorities believe that the victim may have been struck by other vehicles before the emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Investigation is Underway
The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the fatal accident. They will attempt to determine the factors that caused the 18-wheeler to strike the victim.
Pedestrians are more vulnerable to the dangers on the road in comparison to passengers in a private vehicle. They currently make up a large percentage of traffic fatalities in the U.S. these past 33 years. 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.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Bakersfield wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal pedestrian accidents to conduct an independent investigation. 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.
Kern 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 difficult 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.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for your spouse or family member’s death or injury, 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.