18-Year-Old Visalia Man Killed in Traver Pedestrian Accident on Highway 99 near Merritt Drive
Traver, California (April 10, 2020) – A 18-year-old Visalia man died after being struck by a semi-truck Wednesday night in Traver, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The crash was reported at about 7:42 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 in the northbound lanes of Highway 99, just south of Merritt Drive.
According to the CHP, the Visalia man was driving a 2009 Honda in the northbound lanes of the highway when his rear left tire blew off. He then pulled over on the right shoulder of the highway to inspect his Honda.
As he was standing outside his car, a 2009 International semi-truck, driven by Richard Vargas, 41 of Visalia, struck him.
The Visalia man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been disclosed pending notification of next of kin.
Vargas was not injured and stopped at the scene to cooperate with the police. Investigators said neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the crash.
An investigation into the crash is underway.
A person on foot is no match for a vehicle. Pedestrians have virtually no protection when they are hit by cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other vehicles. Sadly, this often leads to catastrophic injuries and/or death. “Due to the incredibly serious nature of these types of injuries, pedestrian accident cases often require special care in order to help ensure victims receive the full compensation they need for extensive medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation therapy, in-home care, lost past and future earnings, and numerous other economic and non-economic damages”, Said Arin Khodaverdian, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.
Arin noted that pedestrians, in most instances, have the right-of-way when crossing a street or an intersection. According to Arin, to properly investigate a pedestrian crash and prove negligence, enough resources are required. “A skilled attorney has the resources and will help investigate the accident to determine the party at fault,” Arin said