Hailey Smither of Castaic killed in 5 freeway crash with big rig
CASTAIC, CA (May 12, 2022) – Hailey Smither, 28, was identified as the pedestrian killed on the 5 freeway when she was struck by a big rig.
The accident occurred around 2:20 a.m. near Lake Hughes Road on the northbound side of the 5 according to the California Highway Patrol.
According to a CHP report, “A white International Navistar was traveling northbound on I-5 Golden State Freeway, north of Lake Hughes Road at approximately 55 mph, when a female pedestrian ran across traffic lanes and was struck.”
It is unknown why Smither was running on foot across the freeway when the truck struck her and launched her several feet forward. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Liability In Castaic 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 Castaic Pedestrian Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Hailey Smither. 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 Castaic car 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.