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CA injury lawyerA pedestrian is defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) as any person who is on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or laying down. This means that everyone is a pedestrian at some point throughout the day. Unfortunately, pedestrians are one of the few groups that have seen an increase in fatalities each year since 2007. In 2016, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes, which amounted to 16 percent of all traffic fatalities. In an effort to combat this increase in fatalities, the NHTSA has studied the risk factors that contribute to pedestrian fatalities.

Age: According to the NHTSA, Americans ages 50 to 59 experienced the highest number of pedestrian fatalities. Children ages 10 to 14 experienced the highest percentage of pedestrian fatalities in 2016 - 22 percent of total traffic fatalities were to pedestrians in this age group. This was matched only by the age group of Americans ages 50-54, which also had the same percentage of pedestrian fatalities.

Alcohol Involvement: As with traffic crashes in general, the risk of getting into an accident increases when there is alcohol involved. The NHTSA found that either the driver, the pedestrian or both had consumed alcohol in 48 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents.

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CA injury lawyerA California postal worker was found dead in her truck Friday during what turned out to be a record-breaking hot day in Woodland Hills. The 63-year-old worker was delivering mail when it was 117 degrees outside, the hottest temperature recorded in Woodland Hills since 1976, when the temperature reached 106 degrees. The woman’s family is blaming her death on the heat and is pushing the U.S. Postal Service to change their protocol on high-temperature days.

Cause of Death Is Undetermined

The woman, who had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years, had just returned to her job after months off for a broken ankle. Her family stated that she had previously suffered a heat stroke, and also thinks the heat has something to do with her death. When the woman was found unresponsive in her truck, emergency responders attempted to revive her, but pronounced her dead on the scene after several attempts. The Los Angeles County coroner said an autopsy was performed, but her cause of death is still pending.

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California injury lawyerWhen a beloved family member is killed or dies due to some sort of negligence, the grief and pain one experiences may stay with them forever. Often times the families of victims choose to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in an effort to, among other things, prevent like incidents from reoccurring and punish those responsible.

You Won … Now What

Reliving the circumstances surrounding the accidental or negligent death of a loved one is never easy, but finding that the judicial system agrees that those who you consider responsible should be held accountable offers a measure of vindication. However, that vindication can be short-lived, as demonstrated in one, high-profile case that has played out for more than 20 years.

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California injury lawyerPlaintiffs in a federal civil case being heard in Illinois received unexpected good news late last year when the city of Chicago halted court proceedings and agreed to an out of court settlement. Although lawyers could not comment on the settlement of the wrongful death suit, it has the potential to result in a multi-million dollar payout.

Decades-Old Criminal Activity Basis for Wrongful Death Suit

Two families had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Chicago, claiming it was responsible when the allegedly drunk actions of an off-duty municipal police officer resulted in the deaths of two men. A couple of key factors may have contributed to the city’s willingness to settle the wrongful death suit, rather than proceed with a trial.

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