A 63-year-old pedestrian was injured in a San Francisco area car accident after he was hit by a police patrol car. According to an Associated Press news report, the man was crossing the street at a San Jose intersection the night of October 18, 2010 when he was struck by the police vehicle. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The police officer was uninjured. He was not responding to any emergency at the time, but was on regular patrol duties, when the pedestrian accident occurred. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the injured pedestrian and his family. I certainly hope he has not sustained any major injuries. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep this victim in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 16 fatalities and 297 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in San Jose. In Santa Clara County as a whole, 22 people were killed and 466 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, officials are still looking into who was at fault for this injury car accident. It is still not clear whether the pedestrian was walking in a crosswalk. California law requires all motorists to 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.”
I trust an independent law enforcement agency other than the San Jose police department is looking into whether the officer was distracted, inattentive or otherwise negligent at the time of the car accident. If it is determined that the police officer was at fault, both he and his employer, the police department, could be held liable for the injuries suffered by the pedestrian. It is important to remember that any personal injury claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within six months of the accident or injury. An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims in such cases about their legal rights and options.
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