Most drivers are aware that it becomes more difficult to see things around them once the sun goes down. Because of this, it is especially important that those behind the wheel make an effort follow traffic laws, keep their eyes on the road and those who might be around them. The failure to do so can, in the worst cases, be fatal.
Late last month a pedestrian accident occurred in Sacramento when a 55-year-old woman died after being struck by a car as she crossed the street. At the time of the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Arden Way and Morse Avenue, the woman was walking in a crosswalk, pushing her bike across the street. The woman initially survived the crash but sadly died last week.
Though it later returned to the scene, immediately after the collision, the vehicle that struck her reportedly fled. When it hit the woman, the car may have been proceeding through the intersection against the light. This will likely be determined in the course of the investigation that is currently going on.
As is often the case in accidents like this, the family of the deceased woman is likely stunned by her unexpected death. They may be facing a pile of medical bills and not know where to turn. Some people who find themselves in that situation find both the compensation as well as closure they need in a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney who routinely handles these types of cases can help determine if that is a good way to proceed.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Pedestrian hit while crossing Arden Arcade street dies of injuries," Bill Lindelof, May 17, 2012