A 54-year-old man was severely injured in a San Diego car accident when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street. According to a 10News report, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Genesee Avenue and Mount Alifan Drive in Clairemont Mesa, the night of August 29, 2011. The victim suffered serious injuries including bleeding of the brain and a broken arm. The 19-year-old male driver of the Acura was not injured in the crash. It is not clear if the driver will be cited for the collision.
My thoughts and prayers are with the pedestrian who has apparently suffered a traumatic brain injury in this crash. I wish him the very best for a complete and fast recovery.
San Diego Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 18 people were killed and 494 were injured due to San Diego pedestrian accidents. During that same year, San Diego County pedestrian accidents claimed 57 lives and injured 937 people.
What Caused This Serious Injury Accident?
Based on this news report, it is not clear why the driver did not see and stop for the pedestrian who was crossing at the intersection. Under California law, motorists are required to stop and yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks.
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.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault here, he can be held liable for the victim’s injuries. In such cases, victims can seek compensation for all medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and even long-term care and treatment. Victims or their families would be well-advised to contact an experienced