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.
Any accident can alter many lives, but those that involve the death of a loved one can cause incredible pain. Sadly, the sudden reality is something a number of families faced following a fatal accident in October that was recently back in the news as a criminal case proceeded against the driver involved.
No family who lives in or around San Diego, California, ever expects that a loved one who goes off to work will not ever return home again due to a fatal workplace accident. Even for someone in a dangerous line of work, like emergency services or construction, the expectation is that they will be given what they need to stay safe and healthy while on the job.
It is an unfortunate reality that car accidents will happen in San Diego and across the country. Some of them are due to recklessness on the part of drivers, because of driving under the influence or some other transgression. Others happen due to circumstances. One thing that is universal for these accidents is that a driver is required to stop after it has happened. But, there are times when drivers flee the scene. This is particularly egregious when it is a pedestrian who was hit and the accident resulted in a fatality. Those who have been affected by this type of incident need to be aware of their potential right to file a wrongful death claim.
In the U.S., the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents has been trending downward since the 1970s. Much of that reduction has traditionally been attributed to a combination of multiple factors. The government and insurance companies began running safety tests on cars and reporting the results to both the manufacturers and the public. Roadway design has become safer. Highway and interstate speed limits were implemented across the nation. Seatbelts were made standard.