A 6-year-old boy and his father were injured in a pedestrian accident in Vista after a vehicle struck them.
According to news reports, the incident occurred the morning of October 30, 2015 at the intersection of Monte Vista and Valley drives.
Police said the boy and his father were crossing the roadway when a vehicle struck them.
Both were transported to an area hospital with injuries. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officials.
The incident happened near the campus of Monte Vista Elementary School.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one fatality and 41 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Vista.
In San Diego County as a whole, 54 people died and 1,028 were injured due to pedestrian collisions during the same year.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the boy and his father were crossing the street to get to school when this accident occurred. It is not clear if they were in a crosswalk or who had the right-of-way when the collision occurred.
Was the driver impaired, distracted or inattentive at the time? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which may have caused or contributed to the incident?
Under the law, motorists are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Motorists are also required to watch vehicle speeds while driving in school zones. If the driver in this case is determined to have been negligent, then, he or she can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
An experienced San Diego personal injury attorney will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused the crash. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.
Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any injury claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.