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Ojai Man David Whalen, 80, Loses His Life after Crash with Another Vehicle while Riding Mobility Scooter near Grand Ave, Lion St

Ojai, CA – On the afternoon of Saturday, April 27, 2024, a man identified as 80-year-old David Whalen was struck and killed while riding his three-wheeled scooter near Grand Avenue and Lion Street, according to the Ventura County Star.

The incident occurred around 3:40 PM. As a result of the collision, Whalen suffered a head injury and abrasions to his arms. Initially, his injuries were not deemed life-threatening, but due to his age, he was airlifted from Ojai to Ventura County Medical Center as a precaution.

The driver who struck Whalen cooperated with authorities, and no signs of drugs or alcohol influence were noted. While no citations have been issued yet, the possibility remains pending further investigation.

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Even in cases where criminal charges are not brought to bear, families who have lost a loved one in a fatal collision may be able to file a wrongful death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver.

The compensation provided by a wrongful death claim can relieve the financial burdens created by medical expenses, burial costs, and the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased.

Insurance companies will work to reduce any claim they cannot deny, which is where the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove invaluable by negotiating on behalf of victims and their families to ensure they receive proper compensation.

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