Woman Killed When Driver Mistakes Accelerator for Brakes

August 28, 2012

Pamela LeBlanc, 45, and her 20-year-old daughter were leaving a dry cleaning facility in the Casa De Oro neighborhood in Spring Valley, when a 22-year-old driver mistakenly stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes. This tragic mistake caused LeBlanc to be pinned beneath the vehicle. Bystanders tried to pry the car off of LeBlanc coming to her aid until she was transported to a hospital where they were unable to save her.

The driver told investigators that she saw the mother and daughter exit the laundry facility through the door that leads into the drive-thru, she was startled and tried to hit the brakes to avoid them, and accidently hit the accelerator instead. The death has been ruled a accident, however the investigation into the accident remains ongoing.

Tragedies like these can place a substantial burden on the family of the deceased.  In addition to the grief and sorrow of losing a loved one, there is often a financial burden in the form of bills and lack of income from the deceased. It is important to realize that help is available. Even if the offending driver has little or no insurance, the family should still have coverage through their own auto policy to help them get through this difficult time.

In California insurers are required to include uninsured or underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage in their auto policies. The family of victims have a right to make a claim for that coverage. Negotiating an insurance claim of any kind can be a daunting and overwhelming experience.  Consulting with an experienced trial attorney is free of charge and provides a wealth of information whether you decide to retain counsel or not.