Karina Hernandez Melchor Fatally Struck in South Los Angeles
South Los Angeles, CA (September 27, 2022) – Karina Hernandez Melchor (35) of Los Angeles was identified as the fatality in a pedestrian accident in South Los Angeles. According to City News Service, the accident occurred around 10:15 pm on Monday.
Karina Hernandez Melchor died at the scene after a fatal hit-and-run crash on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a fatal pedestrian accident on South San Pedro Street in South Los Angeles.
When paramedics arrived, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. She was later identified as Karina Hernandez Melchor of Los Angeles.
According to LAPD, a southbound vehicle struck Melchor while crossing the street on a crosswalk. The driver, only identified as a 20-year-old male, stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
This incident remains under investigation.
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More About Pedestrian Accident Liability
Pedestrians usually get major injuries in pedestrian accidents. Sometimes, they can even cause death. When it comes to liability, it can fall on the pedestrian or driver based on various factors of the accident. Proving liability can become vague or obvious. The process generally involves finding out who acted carelessly, causing the accident. Any Los Angeles personal injury or accident lawyer will tell you that you need to show the following to prove negligence and liability:
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In some cases, the driver might’ve sped down the road, hitting the pedestrian. This can put fault on the driver. Meanwhile, pedestrians can get hit by a car because they acted against traffic signals, such as jaywalking. In these instances, the pedestrian can become at fault. Other factors, such as lack of road markings and ample lighting, can also lead to pedestrian accidents. In these cases, a pedestrian accident lawyer can help look at all angles to determine liability. Learn more about pedestrian accident lawyers in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
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In this case, the family members of Karina Hernandez Melchor can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
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Indeed, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, getting your rightful compensation is also important to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby and Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, wrongful death, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Sacramento. Consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like professional advice about your case, call us today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Karina Hernandez Melchor.
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