Sarah Krueger, 46, was fatally injured in a Seal Beach pedestrian accident the morning of August 11, 2017. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 12th Street. Paramedics who responded to the incident found Krueger in full cardiac arrest. She had suffered life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Krueger, a Seal Beach resident, was rushed by ambulance to an area hospital where she died from her injuries. Officials have not released details regarding the circumstances of this deadly pedestrian accident. No arrests or citations have been reported. The Seal Beach Police Department is investigating the fatal crash and anyone with information is urged to call 562-799-4100, ext. 1649.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Sarah Krueger for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
California has historically led the nation when it comes to fatal pedestrian accidents. According to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), California, Florida, New York and Texas accounted for 42 percent of pedestrian fatalities nationwide. Even with an 11 percent drop in the number of pedestrian accident fatalities in the first half of 2016, California ranked number one in the country when it came to pedestrian accident deaths. Fatal pedestrian accidents have also been on the rise nationwide. From 2010 to 2015, fatal pedestrian accident increased 25 percent. In what has proven to be a disturbing trend, distracted drivers are causing some of the most serious harm to pedestrians.
Fault and Liability Issues
In such cases, it is important to look into whether driver negligence and other factors caused or contributed to the pedestrian accident. Was the driver speeding or reckless at the time? Was he or she driving under the influence or distracted? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this incident?
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing are factors, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. An experienced Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway or intersection caused the accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.