An unidentified pedestrian was killed after getting struck by a vehicle in South Los Angeles on Friday night, October 2.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s initial reports, the fatal accident happened at around 7:00 p.m. at the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Zamora Avenue. A pedestrian was struck by an unspecified vehicle at the intersection for unknown reasons. It is unclear whether the victim was at a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident.
Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and found the victim’s body unresponsive in the middle of the roadway. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver that hit the pedestrian remained at the scene and cooperated with local authorities.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Investigation is Underway
The California Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation. 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 Los Angeles 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.
Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney 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 the death of your spouse or family member, 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 at your home or office. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.