An elderly woman suffered serious head injuries in a San Diego car accident, after she was struck by an SUV while crossing the street in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter, 10news reports. The woman was crossing southbound on E Street the morning of November 10, 2009 and police say she had the “walk” sign. The SUV made a left turn on E Street from southbound Sixth Avenue, striking her. She was taken to an area hospital with major head injuries. The 50-year-old male driver of the SUV was not arrested or cited pending a police investigation.
My heart goes out to this injured victim and her family. I hope and pray that she makes it out of these serious injuries and has a quick and complete recovery. Please keep this injured victim and her family in your prayers.
Pedestrian Accidents in San Diego
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 25 deaths and 575 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the city of San Diego. In San Diego County as a whole, 51 deaths and 1,068 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of pedestrian accidents. Also, countywide, car accidents claimed 268 lives and injured 14,641 people during the same period.
If the details presented in this news report are accurate, it seems to me that the driver of the SUV was at fault for this accident. Authorities are saying, possibly based on eyewitness reports, that the woman had the “walk” sign before she proceeded to cross the road. Also, she was crossing at a street intersection. The motorist here should have yielded right-of-way to this pedestrian.
California Car Accident Laws
California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
If I were a member of this injured woman’s family, I would be talking to an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will keep up with the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. If the driver of the SUV is found to have hit the woman as a result of his negligence– impairment, distraction, speeding or recklessness — he could be held liable for the woman’s serious injuries. Her family could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, therapy and even long-term care. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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