An unidentified man riding a sit-down mobility scooter was struck and killed by a passing vehicle in Modesto on Wednesday morning, September 30.
The fatal accident transpired at around 7:00 a.m. at Yosemite Boulevard and Ruffino Avenue, just west of La Loma Avenue. The victim was crossing Yosemite Boulevard on his scooter inside a marked crosswalk when a westbound commercial pickup truck suddenly struck him.
The victim sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with local authorities.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are looking into the cause of the fatal crash during the investigation. Drugs or alcohol were not considered as factors in the crash. 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 Stanislaus 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.
Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Scooter-Pedestrian Accidents in Stanislaus County
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 scooter-pedestrian 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 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.