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San Diego Car Accident Kills Man in Wheelchair

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Roger Minx, 61, was fatally injured in a San Diego car accident after he was hit by a vehicle while crossing a street intersection the evening of September 10, 2010. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the fatal accident occurred when Minx, who was in a wheelchair, crossed Valley Parkway at Fig Street in Escondido and was struck by an eastbound pickup truck. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Minx was transported to a local hospital where he died the following morning.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Roger Minx. My thoughts and prayers are with his grieving family members.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), four people were killed and 55 were injured in Escondido pedestrian accidents. That same year, there were 63 fatalities and 998 injuries involving San Diego County pedestrian accidents.

California Pedestrian Laws

Those in wheelchairs are considered “pedestrians” under California law. The law also requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are in crosswalks — marked or unmarked. 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.”

Liability Issues

I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver who hit Minx was under the influence, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time of the collision. If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, then, he could be held liable for Minx’s wrongful death. Family members of deceased car accident victims can file a wrongful death claim in cases that involve negligence or wrongdoing. They could seek compensation to cover medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. An experienced San Diego car accident lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options in such cases.

What precautions do you think motorists should take at street intersections to avoid such collisions?

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