Pedestrian accidents and fatalities continue to rise across the U.S. including cities in California like Escondido. This makes it riskier to go out for an after-dinner walk or to get exercise or even to get to school or the bus stop.
Safety experts are not united on why the trend is increasing while overall auto accident fatalities have been trending downward for around a decade. What is clear is just how devastating a single moment in time can be to the family and loved ones of a pedestrian fatality.
Four People Tragically Killed While Walking in Escondido
In a heartbreaking tragedy, two minors and two adults were struck by a single car Wednesday, May 6, 2020, while out walking along San Pasqual Rd. One of the minors and a 33-year-old male were pronounced dead at the scene, and the other minor and a 50-year-old woman were taken to a local hospital, but unfortunately, they succumbed to their injuries.
Police say that the 28-year-old driver of the car was transported to the hospital for moderate injuries sustained in the crash. The crash is still under investigation, but police say that neither drugs or alcohol appear to have played a role in the crash.
Pedestrian Wrongful Death Accidents
At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we know that the last thing anyone is concerned about right after multiple victim fatal accident is compensation for the victims. This is especially true of a survivor that has lost one or more loved ones in an accident.
The sad reality is that there are many costs and financial losses associated with an accident, and we feel strongly that the system shouldn’t pile on more anxiety and grief on those who have already suffered so much.
We also feel that we can help the surviving victims of a pedestrian wrongful death so that they aren’t further burdened by the increasing costs and losses that come with a fatality due to someone else’s negligence.
Common Damages in a Pedestrian Wrongful Death Case
When someone loses a loved one in a pedestrian accident, they are entitled by law to damages based on their relationship to the deceased and how their death will impact their life. First, the survivor has to be related to the deceased or have some other relationship to the deceased such as being financially dependent on the person and living in their household.
Then the law looks at how the loss will impact the life of the survivor. If the deceased was a primary caregiver or breadwinner, then this will allow certain economic damages. Then the law will at intangible losses called non-economic damages for things like losing a companion or a being deprived of love and affection from the deceased.
The sad truth is, that nothing can replace a loving relationship, however, the law does put a value on that relationship, and money is the only way to compensate someone for such a tragic loss. Some of the damages allowed by law in a wrongful death are:
- Medical bills before death
- Loss of income
- Psychological pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship and guidance
- Loss of Consortium and companionship
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and Anguish
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.