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Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Palo Alto Involves County Bus


Sheena Marie Barker, 52, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Palo Alto after she was struck by a County SamTrans bus. According to a news report in The Palo Alto Patch, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Webster Street and University Avenue in Palo Alto the morning of December 30, 2010. The Cupertino woman was using the crosswalk when a bus making a left-hand turn struck her. Barker died at the scene of the accident. An investigation is ongoing.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Sheena Marie Barker. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic pedestrian accident.

Santa Clara Pedestrian Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 24 were injured in Palo Alto pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 22 fatalities and 466 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Santa Clara County.

What Caused This Fatal Pedestrian Accident?

It appears, based on the news account, Barker was in a crosswalk at the time of this pedestrian versus bus accident. All motorists are required under California law to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are walking in a marked or unmarked 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.” Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians may be held liable for the accidents and injuries they cause.

Liability Issues

I trust officials are looking into whether the bus driver in this case was distracted, impaired, inattentive or otherwise negligent at the time of the accident. If the driver is determined to have been at fault here, the driver and his or her employer can be held liable for Barker’s wrongful death. In such cases, families of deceased victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will better explain their legal rights and options.

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