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Nationwide, Los Angeles County was the most dangerous area for a pedestrian between 2013 and 2015. In fact, almost 700 people were killed every year throughout that time period. Data from 2017 further confirms this alarming trend, as an additional 134 pedestrians were killed.

Even a quick walk down the street can become a life changing event if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle. In essence, when a driver’s negligence causes injuries, or in this case, death to a pedestrian, the aggrieved individual and his or her their surviving family members may be entitled to damages by filing a wrongful death claim.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, the experienced team of Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to help. We will recover all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on the ones you care most about.

Pedestrian Wrongful Death Claims


According to California's wrongful death law -- which is covered in California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 -- a wrongful death is characterized by, “A cause of action for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another…”

California wrongful death law (California Code Of Civil Procedure 377.60) also outlines the family members who are entitled to recover damages if a loved one was killed because of someone's wrongful act.
As outlined under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60, the family members who are entitled to bring a wrongful death claim in court include:

  • The decedent’s spouse
  • The decedent’s registered domestic partner
  • The decedent’s children
  • The decedent’s grandchildren, if the decedent’s children are deceased
  • Any minors who were at least 50% dependent on the deceased for financial support
  • Any individual entitled to the decedent's property according to California's intestate succession laws

Compensation for a Wrongful Death Pedestrian Injury


First off, a successful wrongful death case will involve proving:

  • The death of a pedestrian
  • That the negligence or reckless actions of the defendant caused the pedestrian’s death
  • That the surviving family members have suffered financially and emotionally

Surviving family members are entitled to bring a wrongful death claim in court for acts based on negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, and especially for a deliberate wrongful act.
Damages in a pedestrian wrongful death claim are meant to compensate surviving family members for the loss of tangible and intangible forms of support they reasonably should have expected to receive had the victim not lost his or her life in a pedestrian accident. How does the court determine how much surviving family members must be compensated for? The period of time during which these damages are recoverable is typically the shorter of:

  • The decedent’s life expectancy when the wrongful act took place
  • The life expectancy of the plaintiff when the wrongful act took place

When it comes to determining life expectancy, factors such as lifestyle, overall health, and job occupation will be taken into consideration by the court.
Economic Damages Vs. Non-Economic Damages
Economic damages may include:

  • Financial support that the decedent would have reasonably contributed to his or her family throughout their lifetimes
  • Loss of benefits or gifts the surviving family members would have reasonably expected to receive had the deceased not lost his or her life
  • Funeral and burial costs

Non-economic damages may include:

  • Companionship
  • Protection
  • Moral Support
  • Training and Guidance
  • Affection
  • Sexual Relations

Non-economic damages will be awarded at the court’s discretion and are based on common sense and evidence. There is no set amount or tried and tested standard for determining a dollar amount

Punitive Damages
A surviving family member cannot recover punitive damages in a wrongful death claim. There is only one exception, which is if the deceased was killed because of a felony homicide for which the defendant was already convicted.
A surviving family member would have to file a “survival” cause of action on behalf of the decedent’s estate in order to recover punitive damages.

A Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
IIf you or a loved one has gotten hurt in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a pedestrian accident, an injury attorney at our office can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

West Coast Trial Lawyers will fight for your rights. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our professional and experienced firm.

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