Laurie Perr, 50, was killed in a Ventura car accident after she was struck by an UPS struck, during an evening walk with a friend. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, the accident happened the evening of December 4, 2009, when Perr was about to cross Worth Way at a stop sign, near Upland Road in Camarillo. The UPS truck was making a right turn from Worth on to Upland when it hit Perr. She was pronounced dead shortly after the accident. An investigation is ongoing. If you witnessed this fatal pedestrian accident, please contact Ventura County Sheriff's officials at 805-388-5132.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Laurie Perr for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Friends describe Perr as a determined woman who loved her family and especially loved going to her son's soccer games. What a devastating blow to the family! They will be in my prayers.
Fatal Ventura Pedestrian Accident
According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were nine injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Camarillo. In Ventura County as a whole, eight fatalities and 186 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2007. Also, countywide, 71 deaths and 3,993 injuries occurred due to car accidents during that same year.
Based on this news report, it is not clear how or why the driver of the UPS truck missed seeing Perr on the roadway. There are many unanswered questions here. Was the driver of the UPS truck distracted, inattentive or negligent in any way? Was the truck driver under the influence? Some of the readers commenting to this news account, point out that Worth Way does not have a sidewalk at that location. Was there a dangerous condition at that intersection, which may have caused or contributed to this tragic accident?
Employer Liability In Wrongful Death
If this accident is determined to be the fault of the UPS truck driver, then the driver as well as his or her employer could be held liable for Perr's wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims may file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover funeral expenses, loss of earnings, loss of love and companionship and other related damages. If a dangerous condition on the roadway contributed to the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable too. Please remember that any claim against a governmental agency in California must be filed within six months of the accident or injury.
An experienced California personal injury lawyer will make sure that the rights and interests of the injured victims and their families are protected and also, guide them through what can be a complex process of recovering compensation for their damages and loss.
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