Two people were injured after a San Bernardino car accident involving a sleepy driver, who hit the victims as they were using a marked crosswalk. According to a news report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the injury crash occurred the morning of November 26, 2011 on Milliken Avenue near the Pacific Electric bike trail in Rancho Cucamonga. Police say a woman fell asleep at the wheel while driving on Milliken and struck two cyclists and a jogger who were in the crosswalk. The jogger suffered multiple leg fractures, while the female cyclist was flown to a hospital with critical injuries and had to undergo surgery. Her husband who was the third person struck was uninjured. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the two victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 22 were injured in Rancho Cucamonga pedestrian accidents. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 39 fatalities and 440 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears that the driver of the car fell asleep at the wheel and struck the victims, who were in the crosswalk. 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 of the vehicle is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the victims’ injuries. Victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.