When you lose a loved one in an accident, one of the things you can do is file a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit is designed to help you recover costs associated with your loved one’s death as well as for the suffering he or she may have gone through. Whether it’s medical bills, funeral costs, or lost wages, the claim can be made to recover most reasonable expenses.
A family in California who lost their loved one has decided to sue not only the driver who killed the woman but also Covina, the State, the County, and West Covina for the woman’s wrongful death. She had been crossing in a crosswalk when she was struck and killed; her family believes the intersection was not safe.
The family claims that the 62-year-old woman was crossing in a crosswalk, but the design of the intersection makes the angles look skewed. That makes it harder for drivers to tell which traffic lights are for them or for others. On top of that, they claim that the crosswalk itself is too long and that there is no island where pedestrians can stand if they need to get out of the way of traffic.
The woman died at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Badillo and Cypress. It was around 10:10 p.m., and the driver who hit her had run a red light. So far, a representative for the city hasn’t replied to the family’s lawsuit, but the suit has been filed with the Los Angeles Supreme Court for review.
Source: Baldwin Park Patch, “Family of Woman Killed in Crosswalk Sues Covina, W. Covina, State, County and Driver for Wrongful Death,” Alexander Nguyen, March 11, 2016