A 30-year-old man identified as Derrick Price was killed after getting struck by a vehicle in Sacramento on Sunday, June 28th.
According to the initial reports from local authorities, the victim was struck at Gerber and Elk Grove Florin roads. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
A day later, a vigil was held for him by his friends and family at the location of the crash. Another pedestrian accident occurred during the vigil. A passing vehicle reportedly slowed down to watch the vigil but struck another car. The car then swerved into the memorial and hit three people participating in the vigil.
Fatal Pedestrian Crash Investigation is Underway
The California Highway Police is currently investigating both of the crashes, they will attempt to determine the cause and liability during the investigation.
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, which can decrease 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. Some common reasons for pedestrian accidents are negligent driving, speeding, and drivers failing to yield to pedestrians.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Sacramento 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.
Sacramento Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
It can be quite devastating and stressful to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal pedestrian accident. While waiting for the official investigation results, 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 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 that they are compensated fairly.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for the death of your spouse or family member, 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 at your home or office. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.