A 42-year-old man identified as Larry Kirby was killed in Ventura after getting struck by a vehicle on Tuesday afternoon, April 28th.
According to the initial reports from the local authorities, the accident occurred at around 5:47 p.m. just north of Thille Neighborhood Park. The victim was walking near Thille Street and Saratoga Avenue in Ventura when he was suddenly struck by a passing vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle stopped and called 911. The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital but later succumbed to his injuries and died.
Neither drugs nor alcohol was considered as a factor in the accident by the local authorities.
Fatal Accident Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are currently attempting to determine what caused the accident through the official investigation. Witnesses at the scene are urged to call the department’s motor unit at 805-339-4451 for any additional helpful information they can provide about the fatal accident.
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 statistics from 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 imperative to have an experienced Ventura wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal pedestrian accidents to conduct an independent investigation.
Attorneys have the resources to interview essential witnesses, review related surveillance footage from the scene of the crash, and obtain phone and texting records of the liable party. All possible contributing factors, such as road conditions, signage visibility, and road lighting, must be considered and thoroughly examined during the independent investigation.
Regardless of whether a pedestrian was walking on a marked crosswalk or not, it is always the driver’s responsibility to yield any incoming pedestrians in his way.
Ventura County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
It can be quite devastating and overwhelming to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal pedestrian accident. While waiting for the results of the official investigation, 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 companionship and income, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) caused by the fatal accident.
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 or injury of your spouse or family member, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death, as well as the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout the state of California with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, and are more than happy to visit you at your home or office. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.