A woman was fatally struck and injured in a pedestrian accident in Lancaster, which officials say was the second vehicle versus pedestrian incident in five days in the area. According to the Antelope Valley Press, the collision occurred the evening of Jan. 10 on 20th Street West, south of Avenue I. Preliminary investigations show that a man driving a Ford Escape was traveling north on 20th Street West when he struck the pedestrian. She was walking across 20th Street West. Paramedics who responded to the callout pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
Officials are still investigating the cause of this crash. They say speed does not appear to be a factor. Police said the driver of the Ford did not appear to be under the influence. However, it is not yet known if alcohol or drugs were factors in this fatal pedestrian accident. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call traffic investigators at 661-948-8466.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of this pedestrian accident victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
What Caused This Collision?
Based on this news report, it appears that police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding this pedestrian accident. There are a number of unanswered questions here. Was the pedestrian walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk? Was the driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs? Was he distracted or inattentive? Was any other form of negligence or carelessness a factor in this crash? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what caused this fatal collision.
Liability and Compensation
In such cases, if the driver is determined to have been negligent or at fault, he or she can be held financially responsible for the damages caused, even if there were no criminal charges filed or citations issued. Families of deceased victims may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral or burial costs, lost future income, pain and suffering, and loss of love, care, and companionship.
A knowledgeable Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney can also help determine whether a dangerous roadway caused the accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim must be filed within 180 days of the incident. An experienced lawyer will not only stay on top of the official investigation but will also make sure that victims’ and their families’ rights are protected every step of the way.