San Diego may be a sprawling metropolitan area, but that doesn’t mean that it is an unwalkable city. Quite a few people get around town by their own power, both as part of their daily life and for exercise or pleasure occasionally. The weather and many attractive businesses, like breweries, in and around San Diego make it a pedestrian paradise.
Unfortunately, pedestrians can and sometimes do wind up involved in collisions caused by people in enclosed vehicles that can cost them their lives. When someone becomes the victim of a pedestrian crash caused by an inattentive or dangerous driver, their surviving family can be left struggling emotionally and financially.
Life after losing a loved one isn’t easy
Despite efforts to make the roads safer, most months have roughly two pedestrian deaths in San Diego.
Any kind of unexpected death is tragic, but losing a loved one to a traffic incident is so abrupt and unexpected that family members often have a hard time adjusting to their new reality.
Between trying to accept and process their loss and figuring out how to manage the practical implications of a loved one’s death, the entire experience may be overwhelming. A parent who loses their spouse, for example, will have to find a way to not only handle all of the responsibilities that their loved one used to manage around the house but also deal with grieving children, funeral expenses and a sudden loss of income.
Many people don’t even know where to start when dealing with such a far-reaching and devastating experience.
Wrongful death claims help family members dealing with grief
The driver who caused the pedestrian accident that claimed the life of your loved one has a responsibility not just to your deceased family member but also to you as a surviving dependent directly affected by their bad driving practices.
California allows surviving dependents, including spouses and children, to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver responsible for an unexpected and preventable loss with financial and practical implications for your family.
From seeking compensation for a lifetime of lost wages and benefits to the medical expenses and funeral costs that your family incurred because of the incident, a wrongful death lawsuit can help your family while you adjust to life after a tragic pedestrian accident.