Pedestrian Fatality Involving Toddler Near Napa

Pedestrian Fatality Involving Toddler Near Napa

Pedestrian Fatality Involving Toddler Near Napa

I’m Ed Smith, a Napa auto accident attorney. Traffic accidents involving pedestrians are among the most serious of all traffic incidents that can occur. Lacking any protection at all, a pedestrian is vulnerable to serious injuries and even death when struck by a moving car or truck.

A recent pedestrian fatality involving a toddler near Napa was heartbreaking to read about.

Toddler Hit By Pickup Truck in Sonoma County

Tragically, a 3-year-old boy passed away as a result of serious injuries he suffered after being struck and killed by a pickup truck.

What Happened?

Authorities indicated the boy fell from his stroller in a crosswalk located in El Verano which is in Sonoma County. The crash occurred in an unincorporated community approximately 15 miles west of the city of Napa.

The little boy fell out of the stroller he was riding in while a group of pedestrians was crossing the street on Sunday, July 10, 2016.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the child suffered major injuries after being struck by the pickup truck.

He was airlifted to a hospital in Napa. Sadly, he was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at the hospital.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the little boy who passed away in this tragic accident.

Was Drugs or Alcohol Involved? 

It does not look like drugs or alcohol was involved. The man driving the pickup truck that struck the little boy has been cooperating with authorities. The man was given a field sobriety test. An initial determination suggested that no alcohol or drug impairment appeared to be a factor in the crash.

What Caused the Pedestrian Fatality Involving Toddler Near Napa?

The cause of the pedestrian fatality is under investigation. It usually takes several days for the investigating agency to prepare a report of their findings and release a traffic collision report. Sometimes reports can be inconclusive or in error. It is important to call an experienced pedestrian attorney who can help protect the rights of those seriously injured or who have passed away. There are many unique factors to consider in pedestrian accident cases. Pedestrian attorneys utilize experts to reconstruct the accident scene, preserve valuable evidence and obtain witness statements from all parties.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics – From the California Office of Traffic Safety – 2013

  • In the year last studied (2013), there was over 4,700 pedestrians who passed away in traffic collisions – a 2% decrease from 2012.
  • On average, a pedestrian was fatally injured every 2 hours.
  • On average, a pedestrian was injured about every 8 minutes in motor vehicle crashes in the year 2013.
  • In 2013 pedestrian fatalities accounted for 14 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities.
  • In 2013, 26-percent of fatalities involving pedestrians occurred between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 8:59 p.m.
  • In 2013, twenty-one percent or (one-fifth) of the children from birth to 14 years of age who died in traffic accidents were pedestrians.
  • More 69 percent (two-thirds) of pedestrians fatally injured in traffic collisions were males in the year studied, 2013.
  • In 2013, alcohol impairment for the pedestrian and/or driver was reported in 49 percent of all pedestrian fatality crashes.
  • Ninety-two percent of the pedestrians who were fatally injured died in crashes involving a single motor vehicle.
  • One-fifth of the pedestrians fatally injured in 2013 were struck by motorists who fled the scene (hit and run crashes).

Napa Pedestrian Accident and Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Napa auto accident attorney. If you or your loved one have been injured or tragically killed in a pedestrian accident, please call me today at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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