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Woman and child hit, killed while waiting for Riverside bus

A negligent or reckless driver near unprotected pedestrians can lead to lethal consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, typically about 11 percent to 13 percent of all traffic fatalities during any given year occur in a car-versus-pedestrian accident.

Recently, two pedestrians were killed and two others severely injured when a 45-year-old driver struck a bus bench in Riverside. According to police, the driver stopped at a light, went through the light when it turned green, and then veered sharply to the right. The car crashed into a light pole and then struck the bench where the four victims were waiting for a bus.

Authorities pronounced a 28-year-old woman and a 7-year-old girl dead at the accident scene. A 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were taken to Riverside Community Hospital. The driver was detained and a police investigation is determining whether the driver was intoxicated.

A victim in an auto-pedestrian accident may file a lawsuit and seek monetary damages for injuries, medical expenses and economic loss where a driver did not comply with traffic laws or otherwise acted negligently. Victims may also be entitled to compensation where a defective property condition or defective traffic signal led to the crash. Families may seek compensation for wrongful death where a family member is killed in an accident.

Experienced legal representatives will take the time to investigate the cause of the accident, obtain police reports, seek eyewitness statements and review property conditions. A legal action must commence within a certain period of time, so acting quickly can ensure that the rights of victims and their family members are protected.

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