Amber Ann Muschwitz, 18, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after a vehicle struck her from behind as she was walking near an intersection. According to a news article in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred as Muschwitz was walking west on Greenspot Road near Orange Street in Highland, the morning of September 12, 2012. A 2004 Nissan 350Z that came up behind her struck her. Muschwitz was transported to an area hospital where she died. Officials are investigating the cause of this fatal collision.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends of Amber Ann Muschwitz who are grieving the loss of their loved one. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
One person died and four were injured as a result of pedestrian collisions in Highland, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year, 33 people died and 392 were injured due to San Bernardino County pedestrian accidents.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the pedestrian was walking along the roadway when she was hit from behind by the Nissan. There are several unanswered questions here. What caused the driver to hit the pedestrian? Was the driver impaired, fatigued, distracted or otherwise negligent at the time? Was there a dangerous roadway condition that caused or contributed to this accident? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
In this particular case, if the driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the pedestrian’s wrongful death. A knowledgeable San Bernardino personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether a hazardous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to this incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable as well. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within six months of the incident.