An unidentified 45-year-old man was killed on October 17, Sunday, when a vehicle ran over him while walking on the Santa Monica Freeway in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles.
According to Officer Patrick Kimball of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the deadly incident happened on the westbound freeway at La Brea Avenue at 3:24 in the morning.
The driver of the vehicle was a 20-year-old woman who immediately called the CHP following the accident to report that she had hit a man.
Officer Kimball said the woman was not injured while the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Local authorities are still investigating the tragic accident.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Accidents involving cars and pedestrians can have disastrous results. They are completely unprotected from the risks they face when walking along the road. Pedestrians, unlike those in automobiles, do not have airbags, seatbelts, or other protective metal structures.
Traffic collisions involving pedestrians often result in catastrophic injuries or even death for innocent victims. Pedestrians aren’t as well-protected from car accidents as other road users, such as passengers or motorcycle riders.
Accidents involving pedestrians are becoming more common across the country. Over the last 33 years, pedestrians have been responsible for a significant portion of traffic fatalities. While other traffic-related deaths decreased by 14% between 2007 and 2016, Pedestrian Deaths in the United States rose by 27%, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Los Angeles County Lawyer for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
If a family member or someone close to you became involved in a tragic pedestrian accident, it could probably cause emotional distraught and financial cripples. While the life of a loved one can never be restored, the family must be compensated for the loss, pain, and suffering they have endured as a result.
With the help and guidance of an experienced and competent lawyer, the victim’s family is encouraged to file a false death charge. It’s critical that they speak with an attorney right away, as California only allows victims to file a claim two years after the accident.
The victim’s family can seek financial compensation for the damages caused by the fatal accident, such as burial costs, lost income and complicity, pain, and suffering, through a wrongful death claim. Arash Law’s personal injury and wrongful death lawyers have deep expertise and knowledge regarding fatal pedestrian accidents. For a free consultation regarding hit-and-run cases, call our office at (888) 488-1391.