Palmdale Fatal Pedestrian Car Accident Brings to Light Frequency of Pedestrian Deaths by Vehicles in America
Just three weeks ago, the death of a Victorville pedestrian hit news outlets all over California and stunned California residents. The pedestrian, whose identity was not released at the time, was killed while crossing the street at the intersection of Palmdale Road and El Evado Road at around 6:30 p.m. on December 19. This week, it is only the second week into the new year, and news of another, similar pedestrian killed by a vehicle has spread across internet news sites and newspaper pages. On Monday, January 8, another pedestrian was killed while crossing the street. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred at around 7:22 p.m. at 90th Street East and East Avenue Q10 in Palmdale. According to reports, the pedestrian was hit while crossing the street by a blue Mini Cooper car. The pedestrian, who was identified as a male, was taken to the hospital for emergency medical care, but, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries. The back-to-back fatal pedestrian car accidents ignites the conversation about the frequency of pedestrians killed by vehicles in the Palmdale area and throughout the United States.
Back-to-Back Pedestrian Deaths Highlight Frequency of Fatal Pedestrian Car Accidents
While it may seem rare that two fatal pedestrian car accidents occurred around the same location within a three-week period, the truth of the matter is that pedestrian deaths by car accident are not all-too-rare in the United States. Indeed, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NHTSA) in 2021 an estimated total of 8,984 pedestrians died in both non-traffic-related (defined as an incident occurring in non-traffic ways, including driveways, parking lots, and other such areas) and traffic-related incidents combined. Of those 8,984 pedestrian deaths, the NHTSA further estimates that 7,388 pedestrians were killed as a result of a car accident or traffic accident occurring on a public road. The NHTSA data also reveals that most pedestrian deaths involving traffic occur in urban settings (84% of pedestrian traffic deaths), with the second most dangerous location for pedestrians being the open road (77% of pedestrian traffic deaths). According to the NHTSA, Fridays are the deadliest days for pedestrians on the road, with 1,248 pedestrian deaths occurring on Fridays in 2021.
Legal Rights and Options for the Families of Pedestrians Killed by Negligent Drivers under California Wrongful Death Laws
While, of course, nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, it is important for California families to understand their rights and options when a loved one is killed due to the negligence of another driver in a car accident or pedestrian-involved car accident. Under California wrongful death laws, certain surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for their loss. In order to determine whether you may have a case, and how much you may be entitled to in Palmdale, it is important to speak with an experienced Palmdale wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible.
The experienced Palmdale wrongful death lawyers at the Trevino Law Firm are here to help Palmdale residents get justice due. Contact the Trevino Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation and speak to a lawyer about your rights and options.