Elizabeth Morrison, 59, of Pleasant Hill, died in a California pedestrian accident, while walking across a street on a crosswalk in Concord, California, the Associated Press reports. Police fault the driver of the car, who ran a red light and then broadsided a pickup truck, which was proceeding through the intersection on a green light. The truck then ended up hitting Morrison. She was pronounced dead in a local hospital.
I offer my deepest condolences to Morrison’s family and Elizabeth’s friends.
There seems to be no question with this investigation that the driver of the car was at fault for running the red light and causing the chain reaction crash that killed Morrison, who was crossing the street on a marked crosswalk. The report does not say whether the driver of the car was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If alcohol or drugs are involved in the incident, then the driver will certainly face criminal felony vehicular manslaughter charges. Even without the involvement of alcohol or drugs, the driver will likely face a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge. He will also be held financially responsible for the pedestrian accident, damages and loss.
I’d urge Morrison’s family to seek the expert counsel for a knowledgeable and skilled California personal injury lawyer, who will be able to investigate this incident, protect their legal rights and secure them the compensation they rightfully deserve. Where there is wrongdoing or negligence involved, families of deceased victims are entitled to wrongful death claims, which compensate them for the loss of a family member who was killed because of someone else’s negligence.
Also remember that if the driver who caused this accident does not have auto insurance or sufficient insurance, Morrison’s family could make a claim against the benefits of their own auto insurance policy. Their policy’s uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage will then step in and compensate Morrison’s family for their loss. A knowledgeable lawyer will also look into whether there were any dangerous conditions at that intersection that hampered motorists’ visibility or their ability to see pedestrians on the crosswalk as well as question the functioning of the street lights.