Police responded to four separate pedestrian accidents within 24 hours from Wednesday, January 5, 2020, to Thursday the 6th. Unfortunately, three of the accidents were fatal and the other victim is at a hospital in serious condition.
The first accident happened early Wednesday morning when a pedestrian was walking near the Metrolink Pomona-Downtown Station when he was struck by a train. It’s unknown whether he was walking along the track are was attempting to cross them. The man died from his injuries.
The second accident happened a few hours later in the17500 block of Harris Way when a man was struck by a car as he was standing on the side of the road. He survived the accident and was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.
Early Thursday morning, around 1:30 a.m. a man died in a hit and run accident while crossing a street in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of Los Angeles. Police say that the man was crossing outside a crosswalk when he was hit by a Toyota Prius. The driver of the Prius stopped a short distance from the scene and fled on foot.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was apprehended at home after bloodhounds tracked his sent.
Later that morning, a fourth pedestrian accident happened near the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway Wilmington. Police say that the driver that hit the pedestrian stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. Unfortunately, the mand died at the scene, and no charges have been filed as of yet.
Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise in LA
Over the past five years, pedestrian accidents have been on the rise all while the total number of fatalities has generally fallen over the last several decades. Around 6,000 pedestrians die each year in the U.S., and Los Angeles gets its fair share.
In 2015, 74 pedestrians died in the city and in 2017 the number increase 80% to 134. This despite Los Angeles having implemented its Project Zero program that has a goal of zero deaths by auto vehicles by 2025. One reason for this might be an increase in pedestrians on the roads and sidewalks because of LA’s attempt to get people out of their cars and on the streets.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Wrongful Deaths
When a pedestrian is killed by a motorist, the law allows the survivors of the victim to sue the driver for wrongful death. However, before they can make a successful claim, they must prove that the accident was the fault of the driver and not the pedestrian.
If the driver is deemed negligent, then his or her’s insurance will pay the family members and dependents of the deceased for their losses.
Types of Damages in a Wrongful Death
The law allows each family member living with the deceased at the time of death and anyone financially dependant on the deceased to make a claim for their loss.
- Medical bills before death: The estate is required to pay all decedent’s medical bills, and these can sometimes be claimed as damages in a wrongful death case.
- Loss of income: This is based on the loss of financial support that the survivors would have received had the person not died.
- Psychological pain and suffering: The pain and suffering of the deceased pedestrian can’t be claimed by the family, but the anguish and psychological pain of the family can.
- Loss of companionship and guidance: This is typically claimed by dependent children who were robbed of a parent.
- Loss of Consortium and companionship: Consortium deals with the loss of intimacy and companionship a spouse would have received.
- Funeral and burial costs: Based on the reasonable costs to the family for burying the deceased.
Contact a Los Angele Wrongful Death Accident Attorney
If you’ve lost a loved one to an auto accident, contact a Los Angele Wrongful Death Accident Lawyer. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law.
Call the Law Offices 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 motor vehicle accident, 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.