A female pedestrian identified as Josephine Espiritu was killed due to a street racing accident in Long Beach on Monday evening, May 11th.
According to the initial reports from local authorities, the fatal accident occurred at around 6:40 p.m. The woman was walking on Santa Fe Avenue and Hill Stree when she was suddenly struck by a Lexus driving at a high speed.
The Lexus was speeding with a Nissan sports car on the southbound lanes of Santa Fe. The Lexus ran a red light at Hill then struck a 2003 Honda Odyssey traveling eastbound on that roadway. The Lexus spun out of control then struck a female pedestrian that was walking on a marked crosswalk.
The female pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Honda sustained minor injuries from the accident. The driver of the Lexus is currently recovering in a hospital but is now facing criminal charges. The police are now pursuing the other vehicle that was allegedly street racing with the Lexus.
Fatal Pedestrian Crash Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are currently investigating the case further. It’s apparent that the liability in this fatal accident falls on the driver of the Lexus as he was allegedly involved in street racing which resulted in the death of an innocent pedestrian.
Pedestrians are more susceptible to the dangers on the road in comparison with passengers in a private vehicle. Pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate over recent years. The percentage of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. has increased at a whopping 41 percent since 2008, which accounts for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, around 6,227 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2018, which was a 250 increase from the previous year. Common causes of pedestrian accidents are reckless driving, road rage, drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, and erratic lane changes.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney specializing in fatal pedestrian accidents to conduct an independent probe. Attorneys have the resources to interview essential witnesses, review related surveillance footage from the scene of the crash, 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. Regardless of whether the victim was walking on a marked crosswalk or not, it is always the driver’s responsibility to yield any incoming pedestrians in his way.
Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal pedestrian accident can be quite devastating and stressful.
While waiting for the results of the official investigation, the victim’s family is encouraged to pursue a wrongful death claim with the help of their attorney. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek financial compensation for the damages such as loss of companionship and income, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, 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 make sure that they are compensated fairly.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for the death or injury of your spouse or family member, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death, as well as the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout the state of California with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, and are more than happy to visit you at your home or office. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.