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Elderly Man Critically Injured in San Francisco Area Pedestrian Accident

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a 79-year-old man was injured in a San Francisco area car accident when he was struck by a vehicle as he crossed the street. According to a news report in The San Leandro Patch, the pedestrian accident occurred near the Bayfair Mall at Fairmont Drive and Bayfair Way in San Leandro, the morning of June 29, 2011. The man was walking in a crosswalk when a blue, four-door Honda that was turning left hit him. He sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized. The female driver of the Honda was not arrested and it is not clear if she will be cited for the serious injury accident.

My thoughts and prayers are with the man injured in this Alameda County car accident. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two people were killed and 20 were injured in San Leandro pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 33 fatalities and 649 injuries reported due to Alameda County pedestrian accidents.

Crosswalk Laws

Based on this news report, it appears that the elderly pedestrian was walking in a marked crosswalk. It is not clear why the driver of the Honda did not yield right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk as required by the law.

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 looking into whether the driver was impaired, distracted or driving recklessly at the time. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the pedestrian’s serious injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for 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 Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.

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