At about 8:39 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, a vehicle struck and killed 78-year-old pedestrian Robert Vidakovich in Concord. The 42-year-old male driver of the 2010 Mercury Mariner that hit Vidakovich as he crossed Clayton Road at Denkinger Court claimed that a combination of sunlight and condensation on his windshield had obscured his view of the road. Vidakovich was transported to an area hospital, where he was declared dead. Charges against the driver will be determined upon the results of toxicology reports.
“When a driver fatally injures a pedestrian and is found to be at-fault for the accident, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Concord accounted for 2 of the 8 fatalities and 42 of the 247 injuries suffered by pedestrians in accidents that occurred in Contra Costa County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Concord 5th out 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents involving pedestrians aged 65 and older; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Robert Vidakovich, the man who was struck and killed.
MercuryNews.com originally reported this Concord pedestrian accident.
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