82-year-old man killed while walking across Rohnert Park Expressway
ROHNERT PARK, CA (July 5, 2022) – An 82-year-old man was struck and killed while attempting to cross Rohnert Park Expressway on Friday according to NBC Bay Area.
The accident occurred east of San Simeon Drive at around noon when Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Lt. Kelly Koffler says their department received numerous 911 calls reporting the crash. When emergency response crews arrived, the man was found lying on the ground.
Officers say that the elderly man was walking southbound on Rohnert Park Expressway across a median when he attempted to cross the road. A Ford sedan heading eastbound struck the man, who was crossing outside of a marked crosswalk according to witnesses.
The driver of the Ford remained at the scene and cooperated with officers investigating the incident. Drugs or alcohol were not determined to be factors in this case.
The crash and subsequent investigation caused Rohnert Park Expressway and San Simeon Drive to be closed for three hours.
Liability In Rohnert Park 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
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. The family of any victim that 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 Rohnert Park Pedestrian Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the 82-year-old man who was killed in this tragic accident. 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 (844) 966-0965.