Scooter riding is becoming more popular in neighborhoods like Silver Lake in LA, and with this popularity comes a higher risk of serious accidents. When driving in a highly-populated area like Silver Lake or nearby East Hollywood, drivers are under a legal duty to be on the lookout for pedestrians and others like scooter and bicycle riders.
Unfortunately, some of these injury accidents will result in a fatality, and the most vulnerable are those outside a protected vehicle.
Fatality in Silver Lake
A recent example of this happened early Wednesday morning, June 17, 2020, when an SUV driving at a high rate of speed on North Silver Lake Boulevard and struck the scooter rider near the 1600 block. According to police, the SUV then hit a tree and ran into a restaurant before coming to a stop.
The scooter rider succumbed to his or her injuries at the scene, and two others were injured and taken to the hospital. It’s unclear if those injured were in the SUV or where they were when the accident happened.
At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we know how devastating it can be to lose a loved one who was just out enjoying the day. We have helped many families get through the financial troubles that naturally come with the loss of someone.
When the accident involves someone who’s not a car occupant—such as a scooter rider, pedestrian or bike rider—the family of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver. In most cases, this will be paid for from the driver’s auto insurance.
Compensation in a Scooter Wrongful Death
Under California law, the relationship between the deceased and those family members who are legally able to make a claim. The law looks at the loss of the person and the impact that loss has on those left behind. The deceased might have been a primary financial supporter or caregiver in which case future financial dependency will be claimed.
Or the deceased might have been a child or a sibling of those making the claim. In these cases, the law allows compensation for things like mental anguish and loss of companionship. When a minor dies, the court will also look at the future aid and support an adult child would have given his or her parents.
Some of the common damages claimed for the loss of a child are:
- Mental Anguish
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of Love and Assistance Around the House
- Outstanding Medical Bills from Victim’s Treatment
- Loss of Financial Support (present and future earnings)
- Value of Goods and Services
- Loss of Companionship
- Loss of Care and Nurturing
- Punitive Damages (If death was intentional or through gross negligence)
At the Law Offices of Steers and Associates, we’ve helped out many families get justice and compensation for the loss of their child. During this time, we stand behind our clients and pledge to take care of the financial losses so that the family can focus on healing and supporting one another.
Contact a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney
The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney who understands the law and has experience getting injured victims the compensation they deserve.
Call the Law Firm of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of personal injury, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.