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Crash on Cottonwood, Pacheco Rd in Bakersfield Kills Pedestrian

Bakersfield, CA – According to KBAK, on the night of Thursday, March 14, a crash in southeast Bakersfield left one woman dead.

The Bakersfield Police Department received word of the collision around 7:53 PM and sent emergency responders to the crash site in the 4700 block of Cottonwood Road, near E. Pacheco Road.

There they found the body of the female pedestrian who was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver involved stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities.

Pedestrian Fatalities and Wrongful Death Claims

Motorists are required to exercise an additional “duty of care” towards pedestrians due to their heightened vulnerability in car accidents, which more often result in pedestrian fatalities.

In cases where a driver is found responsible for a pedestrian fatality, the victim’s family may have grounds to initiate a wrongful death claim through the driver’s insurance provider. Compensation from a wrongful death claim can help cover medical costs, burial expenses, and the financial support lost by dependents of the deceased.

Should the driver escape justice, compensation may be available from a family member’s uninsured driver coverage. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can help determine what the best options are.

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