Wendall Vern Lyons, 47 died in a Bakersfield pedestrian accident Aug. 27 after she was struck by a sport utility vehicle, the Bakersfield Californian reports. Lyons was crossing Union Avenue east to west behind a companion when a Chevrolet Equinox driven by 24-year-old Tony Avila, hit her. The man who was crossing ahead of Lyons was reportedly not injured. Authorities are not sure whether Avila was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Wendall Lyons for their tragic loss.
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, Bakersfield had three pedestrian fatalities in 2006 and 72 injuries from pedestrian accidents during that same year.
It’s too early to tell what exactly caused this California pedestrian accident. The news report does not specify whether Lyons and her friend were crossing the intersection in a marked crosswalk. If they were, then it becomes important to find out who had the green light. All these important details can very quickly change the complexion of an accident case.
Lyons’ family must certainly consider retaining the services of a top-notch personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling pedestrian accidents. A skilled California personal injury lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation starting with in-depth interviews of eyewitnesses. An experienced attorney should also look into other factors that may have contributed to the crash such as a dangerous roadway or intersection.
In cases where the accident was caused by a dangerous roadway or intersection, the governmental or municipal agency responsible for maintaining that street could be held liable for the injuries or loss. Please remember that any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within six months of an incident.