Pedestrian accidents are not uncommon to the San Francisco area. In fact, many cities have busy areas that are filled with pedestrians and vehicles. Car accidents and pedestrian accidents are unfortunately unavoidable because negligent drivers are everywhere. Although the accidents are unavoidable, civil liability, such as wrongful death claims still exist for victims to hold the person who caused the accident liable for their actions.
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the son of a woman who was the victim in a serious pedestrian and car accident. Although the accident did not happen in the San Francisco area, the scenario behind the accident could happen at any almost any intersection.
The pedestrian accident occurred when the victim, a 76-year-old woman, was walking in a crosswalk. While she was in the crosswalk, she was hit by a county employee who was driving a county vehicle. The victim died almost two months after the accident. The victim’s death was due to complications of the injuries she sustained from the accident. The driver has a history of traffic violations and a police report claims the driver failed to yield and was inattentive at the time of the accident.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim was not criminally charged for the accident, but has been named as the sole defendant in the related wrongful death lawsuit. The wrongful death lawsuit will address the driver’s negligence in relation to the victim’s death. If the plaintiff prevails in the lawsuit, he may be eligible to recover economic and non-economic damages related to his mother’s death.
Source: wmbfnews.com, “Woman dies after crash, county driver had multiple traffic violations,” Evan Lambert, March 29, 2012