When individuals operate or travel in a vehicle, they are under the impression that they will get from one point to another safely. Sure, a person may encounter traffic, deal with inclement weather and even drive by accident sites, but most people do not consider the possibility of being involved in a collision. They certainly do not think that they will lose a loved one in an automobile collision.
The rate at which fatal car accidents occur varies from state to state. However, when looking at data in California and all other states across the nation, the number of fatal crashes occurring on a national level remains high and is concerning. With regards to the data collected in 2017, there were a total of 34,247 recorded fatal motor vehicle crashes that year. And, in these crashes, a total of 37,133 deaths occurred.
No matter our age or the age of a loved one, we are never fully prepared to say goodbye to someone we care about. Death is a part of life. However, one never expects that one will die because of the negligence of another party. While accidents do happen, accidents are frequently caused by the negligence of others. Because of this, following a fatal incident, surviving family members should take the time to explore their rights and options when it comes to determining the cause and holding someone accountable for the death of a loved one.
The loss of a loved one is an emotional event that many of us struggle with. While death is a part of life, it can be challenging to cope with the death of a loved one that suddenly occurs because of a tragic accident in California or elsewhere. In these events, surviving family members have many questions, including whether it was preventable.
In San Diego and other cities across the nation, it is fairly common to see individuals walking on the street or on sidewalks. Getting around by foot can be very convenient, especially when it is a beautiful day. However, no matter the reason for walking or the current weather outside, pedestrians are put at risk every day. This is because they are traveling near motor vehicles. And when a motorist fails to take note of a pedestrian or drive safely, this could result in a fatal incident.
Our days can get busy. We may miss some parts of the day, especially when we are focused on a certain task. However, there is one place where these distractions should not come into play, and that is in a motor vehicle. If a motorist does not take the time to prevent and address any distractions that may come their way, he or she could be held accountable for the harms caused to an accident victim.
The death of a San Diego loved one can be a devastating event in the lives of the family members who relied on the decedent's love and support. A spouse may have to learn to live without the love of their life. A child may learn to grow up without the important care of a parent. Both financial and emotional losses from a wrongful death can make living difficult for the loved ones of a deceased victim.
The number of fatal accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians held steady between 2016 and 2017, with the tally of pedestrian deaths for each year coming in at around 6,000.
A previous post on this blog talked about the tragic death of San Diego forklift operator who recently died when he was accidentally crushed by the heavy piece of equipment. The man had decades of experience operating forklifts and was, according to his family, very safety conscious.
Nothing can adequately compensate a San Diego family who loses a loved one in a fatal accident through another's recklessness or negligence. However, a wrongful death lawsuit can seek financial compensation to help assist these families.