An unidentified pedestrian was killed on Saturday in a Burbank pedestrian accident near the entrance to the Bob Hope Airport. According to the Los Angeles Times the victim of the Burbank accident died at the scene. The pedestrian accident wrongful death occurred at around four o’clock in the afternoon on Empire Avenue in Burbank, California.
Investigators with the Burbank Police Department will have to determine how this pedestrian accident happened and who was at fault. Many pedestrians are hit by cars when the car runs a red light, does not stop at a stop sign or makes a right turn while only looking to the left for oncoming traffic, not thinking about the possibility of pedestrians or cyclists coming from the right. Other types of pedestrian accidents happen when the pedestrian thinks it is safe to cross a street, sometimes miscalculating the speed of an approaching car.
In this Burbank accident, the driver of the car was apparently tested and not found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many times, when a pedestrian is hit by a car, the driver of the car will leave the scene without stopping. In these instances, police are often unable to determine if the driver was under the influence of any substances. However, if the driver is located, he or she will face felony hit and run charges as well as civil liability for the injuries or death to the pedestrian.
The family of the person hit by the car in Burbank should immediately contact a Burbank personal injury lawyer to help investigate the circumstances of this accident and determine if the driver of the vehicle was at fault. If the driver was at fault, the family of the victim should be entitled to recover Burbank wrongful death damages on behalf of their loved one. If the responsible party does not have adequate insurance, another potential source for recovery would be an underinsured or uninsured motorist policy held by the pedestrian. This would take the place of the responsible party’s lack of or inadequate coverage.