Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian vs. car accident in Spokane County. A man was attempting to cross Hayford Road from east to west when a driver traveling southbound struck him. Following the accident, the driver initially stopped but later fled the area south. Medical personnel responded to the man, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Investigators continued to gather evidence from the scene. Anyone who witnessed this incident or who can help to identify the fleeing driver is being asked to call Corporal Jeff Welton at 509-477-3237.
Pedestrian Wrongful Death Claims
A simple walk or jog could instantly turn tragic if a car or truck strikes you. Pedestrians who are fatally injured from a negligent driver in a car accident have the same rights as other wrongful death claimants. Any time a driver’s negligence results in the death of a pedestrian, the pedestrian’s family members are entitled to compensation. The wrongful death attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm are here to help grieving family members during an otherwise trying time.
Since wrongful death claims are governed by a statute enacted by the legislature, the persons who are entitled to recover claims are set by statute. In addition, the types of damages a person may recover are also set by statute.
When a person is wrongfully or negligently killed because of another, family members of the deceased have a right to compensation. The wrongful death attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm have helped clients recover substantial monetary settlements from the negligent persons who caused the wrongful death. Many different factors will determine the amount of compensation you may receive for a wrongful death such as:
- Proposed income from the deceased
- Savings of the deceased
- Number of dependents
- The degree of negligence that caused the wrongful death
Wrongful Death of Hit-and-Run Pedestrian vs. Car Accident
Even when an investigation is pending, it is critical to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to benefit your case. After a fatality from a hit and run accident, financial losses along with emotional pain is already being experienced by the family. An experienced wrongful death attorney understands what you and your grieving loved ones are going through and can help you recover damages such as the following.
- Medical bills from the accident
- Lost wages
- Funeral or burial costs
- Loss of companionship
You have options, even if the driver is never found. Do not assume that you must go through life covering these financial hardships without help. While no monetary amount will recover the loss of your loved one, the goal of compensation is to help restore financial security for you and your family.
Recovering Compensation When the Negligent Driver is Unknown
After a wrongful death, the ideal option is to make the at-fault party pay for your losses whether through their assets or insurance. However, when the driver is unknown, you can seek compensation through other sources such as the following.
If the deceased victim had a life insurance policy, you may be able to receive funds from the policy if you are the designated beneficiary.
Some homeowner’s insurance policies offer coverage for situations such as this. You can inquire about benefits and compensation value available to beneficiaries of the policy.
Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage
If your loved one was hit by a vehicle and had uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, you may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance company for compensation. The compensation is limited to the maximum policy amount on the plan.
Accidental Death and Injury Policy
Most employers offer accidental death and dismemberment policies to workers as do some auto and home policies as well. These can provide supplemental compensation after the death of a loved one and fill in the gap between other options.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Spokane, WA Immediately
Contact the Spokane wrongful death lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm to find out if you are entitled under the statute to bring a claim and if so, what types of damages you are entitled to recover. We are aggressive, experienced, and trusted and will fight to ensure you get a fair settlement. Call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane for a free consultation. Our attorneys can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Or if you prefer, we can also meet in person. This is your opportunity to discuss your potential wrongful death case with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Call our Spokane law office now at (509) 482-7274 to get started on your case.