A man was killed in a Bakersfield car accident when a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street, the night of June 12, 2011. According to an ABC news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Niles Street, near Morning Drive, in East Bakersfield. The female driver involved in this crash was looking behind her, before changing lanes, when she hit and dragged the pedestrian on the roadway. The man was killed in the crash and the female driver sustained moderate injuries. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the man killed in this horrific pedestrian accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 11 people were killed and 86 were injured in Bakersfield pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 21 fatalities and 202 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Kern County as a whole.
What Caused This Fatal Pedestrian Accident?
An investigation is underway to determine the specifics of this crash. It appears that the collision occurred when the victim was trying to cross the street and the driver was apparently distracted by something and did not have her eyes on the roadway. It is not clear if the pedestrian was in a crosswalk at the time. Motorists are required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians 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.”
Fault and Liability
If this driver is determined to have been at fault, then, she could be held liable for the pedestrian’s wrongful death. Families of deceased car accident victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced Bakersfield personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
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