A 66-year-old man identified as Pascual Iboa Reyes was killed after getting struck by a vehicle on Highway 101 in San Martin on Wednesday morning, June 3rd.
According to the initial reports from the California Highway Patrol, the victim stopped his car in the center divider and left his vehicle at around 5:30 a.m. The man then walked across the southbound lanes, possibly attempting to approach another vehicle that pulled over onto the right shoulder.
As the man was walking, a 2012 Toyota Corolla traveling southbound on Highway 101 lost control of his car and struck the pedestrian. The driver of the Corolla was identified as They To Te Li, the speed he was driving his car is currently unknown.
The victim sustained fatal injuries and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Local authorities do not consider drugs and alcohol as a factor in the fatal pedestrian accident. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating the crash.
Fatal Pedestrian Crash Investigation is Underway
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is currently investigating the crash. Witnesses of the fatal accident are urged to contact the Hollister-Gilroy CHP area office at 408-848-2324 and speak with Officer J. Christiansen.
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.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Santa Clara 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.
Santa Clara Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
While waiting for the results of the official investigation, 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 make sure 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 pedestrian accident attorney in California.