A 23-year-old woman identified as Helen Vaughan was killed after getting struck by a vehicle in Chula Vista on Monday morning, September 14.
According to the initial reports from local authorities, the deadly accident transpired in the 400 blocks of Broadway. The victim was found lying on the roadway with significant injuries. How the accident occurred, and the reason why it happened is currently unclear. The vehicle that struck the victim fled the scene.
The victim was later pronounced dead at the scene. Local authorities suspect that a pickup truck with front end damage may have been responsible for the fatal accident.
Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident Investigation is Underway
It is apparent in this case that the liability falls on the hit-and-run driver for leaving the victim wounded and fleeing the scene. The suspect will most likely face criminal charges once caught. Regardless of whether the pedestrian was walking on a marked crosswalk or not, the driver always must yield any incoming pedestrians in their way.
Unfortunately, around one in five pedestrian accidents are caused by hit-and-run drivers. Sixty percent of people killed in hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians. Common reasons why hit-and-run drivers flee the scene are intoxication, driving without a license, and fear of getting arrested if they remained.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced San Diego County wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal pedestrian hit-and-run 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.
San Diego County Wrongful Death Claim for Victims of Fatal Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accidents
It can be quite devastating to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal hit-and-run accident. Pending the official investigation results, the victim’s family is encouraged to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of income and companionship, funeral costs, pain and suffering, 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 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 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.