At approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17th, a woman, either in her 40s or 50s, was struck and killed in a Fresno crosswalk. The pedestrian accident occurred near the intersection of Home Avenue and Cedar Avenue. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not released any information about the driver at this time, explains a California personal injury lawyer.
In the United States, 4,378 pedestrians were killed and 69,000 injured in traffic accidents in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). California accounted for more pedestrian fatalities than any other state (620), followed by Florida (490), and Texas (416). That year in Fresno County, 20 pedestrians died and 197 were injured in traffic crashes.
In most situations, pedestrians have the right-of-way, including when they are inside of a crosswalk. If a driver fails to yield for a pedestrian and an accident ensues, the driver may be held liable for medical bills and other expenses related to the injuries the pedestrian sustains. In the unfortunate event that the pedestrian does not survive the accident, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of the woman killed in the pedestrian accident yesterday in Fresno.
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