A 55-year-old woman was killed in a San Diego pedestrian accident while trying to cross the street the night of July 31, 2010. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that she suffered fatal head injuries when a Honda Civic struck her at the intersection of Broadway and Park avenues in Escondido. The Honda Civic was traveling north on Broadway. According to the report, there is no crosswalk at this intersection. A friend of the woman who was killed said that she had been drinking. This crash is currently under investigation.
My deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of the woman killed in this pedestrian accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 55 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Escondido. In San Diego County, 63 people were killed and 998 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2008.
Causes and Liability Issues
Investigators are still trying to determine who or what caused this fatal pedestrian accident. Did the woman walk into the path of an oncoming vehicle? Why did the driver fail to stop for this pedestrian? Who had the right-of-way at the intersection at the time? Was the woman intoxicated at the time? Was the driver impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time of the collision? Did the driver have ample time to avoid a collision? These are all important questions that need to be asked here.
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, then he or she could be held liable for the pedestrian’s wrongful death. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims could file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to the accident, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within six months of the incident. An experienced San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer will be able to advise victims’ families in such cases about how to pursue their legal rights.
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