One unidentified pedestrian was killed after getting struck by a hit-and-run driver in Fullerton on early Wednesday morning, September 16.
According to the local authorities’ initial reports, the deadly accident transpired before 5:40 a.m. on Orangethorpe Avenue, just east of Auto Center Drive. The pedestrian was standing in the middle of the roadway on Orangethorpe Avenue for unknown reasons. He was then hit by a passing vehicle.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle did not render aid and left the scene. Authorities are currently searching for the hit-and-run driver.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fatal accident. People that can provide information about the suspect’s whereabouts can contact the police at 714-738-6812. 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 vital to have an experienced Orange County wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal pedestrian 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.
Orange County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
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 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 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. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.