Pedestrian accidents are not uncommon on the various roads that wind through the United States, but the severity of these types of accidents can vary greatly. If the accident occurs at relatively low speeds, the injuries suffered may only be minor, however the severity of the accident can be increased rapidly if it takes place at high speeds. These high speeds combined with the lack of protection that a pedestrian has can leave the victim with serious or even fatal injuries. One pedestrian accident in California recently killed an individual.
The accident involved a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, but police stated that another car may have also been involved. The initial investigation showed that the pedestrian was attempting to cross the street at the time of the accident and was struck by the car. The driver of the vehicle was not speeding and was not able to avoid the pedestrian; however, several witnesses claim that another vehicle left the scene so the collision has been labeled a possible hit-and-run.
The pedestrian, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries. No other injuries were reported, and the car of the driver who stayed was not damaged in the accident. California police are still investigating the accident as they attempt to find the other vehicle believed to be involved.
If the investigation finds that the driver who left the scene of the pedestrian accident is at fault, the family of the deceased victim may have the right to seek monetary compensation. They could potentially be able to seek restitution from the driver who stayed at the scene, in the event that an investigation reveals that negligence on that driver’s part either caused or contributed to the accident. Compensation could be used to offer the family a small sense of justice. This could help them financially as they seek the healing of their emotional grief that often only comes with the passing of time.
Source: CBS Sacramento, “Pedestrian Struck And Killed Crossing Street In North Highlands”, , Sept. 1, 2014