Elderly man killed in Tulare after being struck by truck
TULARE, CA (May 3, 2022) – A 70-year-old man was killed in an accident after a truck struck him while he was attempting to cross the street.
The accident occurred on Blackstone between Kern and Sonora, where the elderly man was struck by the truck away from a crosswalk.
Emergency response was able to take the man to a nearby hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.
The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with police. The accident is under investigation and there is no word on whether drugs or alcohol were involved in this accident.
Liability In Tulare Pedestrian Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every year in pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “An estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.” There are a number of factors that could lead to a pedestrian collision including:
- Drunk driving
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
Drivers have a legal obligation to exercise care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. The family of any victim that has died in a pedestrian collision may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Tulare Pedestrian Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of elderly victim. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a pedestrian accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.