Recently a pedestrian suffered fatal injuries when hit by a car after stepping into the street. It is reported that the driver who struck the man did not have time to bring his vehicle to a stop before hitting the victim, who when EMT’s arrived, was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s name was not released at that time, but it is known that he is a San Pedro resident.
A pedestrian accident is exceptionally dangerous; those who do survive the impact may suffer permanent, life changing injuries, such as traumatic head injuries or spinal cord injuries. As any pedestrian that is hit by a moving vehicle is not only at risk of severe bodily injury, there are often secondary impacts from the vehicle after the person is thrown into the street, causing further injuries, whether very severe, catastrophic or fatal.
When a family loses a loved one in such a shocking and unexpected manner, it is difficult to know what to do, how to respond, or how to live through the personal, emotional devastation. There are issues that should be addressed with legal help. For example, if there was any form of negligent driving that could have contributed to the man’s tragic death, the close family has the right to pursue compensation in a wrongful death claim. It is important to ensure that your family’s right to compensation is protected in such a case. The circumstances of any pedestrian accident that led to injury or death should be carefully evaluated by a professional law firm that practices personal injury law. It cannot be assumed that an insurance company will be willing to easily pay out a settlement. You must be protected by an attorney in any pedestrian accident case.
Contact our firm, the Overett Group for immediate assistance in cases of pedestrian accidents and wrongful death claims.