A 58-year-old Malibu resident identified as Michael Bennet was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Sunday, October 4.
The fatal hit-and-run accident occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway westbound portion at Las Flores Canyon Road at approximately 10:30 p.m.
The victim was struck by a vehicle on the Pacific Coast Highway near Las Flores Canyon Road. The driver that struck him did not stop to help the victim and fled the scene.
The suspect’s car was described as a dark-colored sedan heading westbound on PCH when the accident occurred. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene due to the severity of his injuries.
Fatal Accident Investigation Needed
Local authorities are currently in pursuit of the hit-and-run driver. Witnesses that can provide additional information about the accident are urged to contact the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 818-878-1808.
It is apparent in this case that the liability falls on the hit-and-run driver for leaving the victim wounded and fleeing the scene. The suspect will most likely face criminal charges once caught. Whether the pedestrian was walking on a marked crosswalk or not, the driver always must yield any incoming pedestrians in their way.
Unfortunately, around one in five pedestrian accidents are caused by hit-and-run drivers. Sixty percent of people killed in hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians. Common reasons why hit-and-run drivers flee the scene are intoxication, driving without a license, and fear of getting arrested if they remained.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Los Angeles County wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal pedestrian hit-and-run 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.
Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accidents
It can be quite devastating to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal hit-and-run accident. Pending the official investigation results, the victim’s family is encouraged to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of income and companionship, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) that the fatal 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 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 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.