One unidentified pedestrian was killed after getting hit by a passing vehicle on Highway 101 on Tuesday evening, January 19.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s initial reports, the accident took place on Highway 101 near Milpas Street at around 6:00 p.m.
The pedestrian was hit by an unspecified vehicle on the roadway for unclear reasons. The circumstances leading up to the collision have not been established.
The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries from the crash and was later pronounced dead.
Additional details about the accident are unavailable at the moment. The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the accident.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrian accidents are becoming a growing concern not just in California but also for the entire country. Victims of pedestrian accidents have been increasing throughout the years.
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.
Pedestrian accidents are unlike other types of accidents just because pedestrians have no protection in an accident. Those who are riding in cars are in vehicles that weigh an average of at least 4,000 pounds and have seat belts and airbags to protect them. Even bicyclists typically have helmets to protect them.
Meanwhile, pedestrians are completely defenseless and vulnerable in the event of someone else’s negligence in the circumstances in which most pedestrian accidents occur. Pedestrian accidents are commonly caused by negligent driving, speeding, and drivers failing to yield to pedestrians.
Santa Barbara County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Pedestrian Accidents
This can be quite a stressful time for the victim’s family. Dealing with a fatal pedestrian accident case can be quite challenging, especially when they are still in a state of shock and grief. Pending the official investigation results, the victim’s family is entitled to seek compensation for the accident’s damages through the wrongful death claim.
With the wrongful death claim, the victims can seek financial compensation for damages like loss of income, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
A pedestrian accident lawyer from Arash Law will help you stay one step ahead of the insurance company or responsible party and avoid mistakes that would jeopardize your claim. Our attorneys will also perform an immediate investigation to gather evidence while it is still available. We can also handle talks with the insurance company, calculate your damages, and use proven legal strategies during settlement negotiations and potential litigation.
For inquiries and concerns, you may call us at l (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California. You may also visit our offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego.