Long Beach, CA (August 20, 2020) – According to the Long Beach Police Department, authorities have confirmed that a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle earlier this month has died from her injuries. The incident took place on Friday, August 7th, along Anaheim Street.
The victim, who has now been identified as Alona Prescott, 22, was hit by a Honda Civic, a little west of Oregon Avenue. Emergency responders arrived at the scene and transported Prescott to a nearby trauma center where she remained for a week.
On Friday, August 14th, Prescott succumbed to her injuries. The fatal crash remains under investigation.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Alona Prescott at this time.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Long Beach
In 2014, officials responded to fatal collisions involving a total of 753 pedestrians who were struck by various vehicles across the state of California. An increase of 26% was reported in 2018 as the total increased to 893 victims. Pedestrian accidents in Long Beach and all areas across Southern California are at least partially responsible for these numbers. Authorities have said that about 7,500 pedestrians were killed by vehicles in California between 2009 and 2018, resulting in a collision fatality rate of 25% over the national average. Although pedestrians account for only 14% of all collisions, they make up around 50% of all crash-related deaths.
The reason why pedestrians account for more deaths though only a fraction of collisions is due to the complete vulnerability of the victim, as well as the role of reckless drivers. Negligent actions such as distracted driving, DUI, and speeding are among the top causes of catastrophic auto-pedestrian accidents. Another cause is the actions of criminal parties who intentionally strike victims for the sole purpose of inflicting harm. Losing a loved one in an unexpected collision that could have been avoided is one of the most traumatic experiences anyone can imagine, and it is essential for bereaved loved ones to fully understand that they likely have substantial rights during such a difficult time.
Serious accidents don’t only cause physical and emotional pain but also leave victims and surviving families with the immensely high costs of hospitalization, as well as continued medical treatment such as physical therapy in many cases, or funeral expenses. When a reckless or criminal party has caused the suffering of another person, that party must be held fully accountable for compensating the victims or bereaved loved ones. An aggressive pedestrian accident attorney in Orange County will go after the responsible party and help guide you along the frequently complicated road to financial restitution.
Our capable Anaheim wrongful death attorneys at Beckerman Anderson recognize the incredibly sensitive nature of a sudden accident. We are entirely devoted to representing those who have unfairly suffered by absolutely no fault of their own. If you have suffered serious injuries or the loss of a family member due to an auto-pedestrian collision caused a reckless party, go to https://beckermananderson.com or contact our Orange County pedestrian accident attorneys today at (949) 474-2254.
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Disclaimer: As members of our local community, we at Beckerman Anderson, strive to draw awareness to the dangers that are related to driving and provide overall safety information for our community members. We are always saddened when we learn about a serious injury accident in our area and hope that through awareness, drivers in our community will take the necessary precautions to avoid such accidents. The information provided in these posts should not be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. This story is not a solicitation for business. The photographs used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.