A 54-year-old woman identified as Adrienne Bates died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Long Beach on Tuesday morning, April 28th.
According to the initial reports from the local authorities, the accident occurred at around 3:00 p.m. The woman was walking on Artesia Boulevard near the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway off-ramp when a pickup truck traveling eastbound on Artesia Boulevard hit the woman outside of the marked crosswalk.
The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the local authorities.
Police confirmed that the driver of the pickup truck was driving with a suspended license and no insurance.
Fatal Pedestrian Crash Investigation is Underway
The Long Beach Police Department is currently investigating the accident.
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.
When facing cases like this, it’s essential to have an experienced Los Angeles 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 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, the driver always has 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 stressful and overwhelming.
While waiting for the results of the official investigation, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with the help of their attorney. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of companionship and income, pain and suffering, 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 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.