A 38-year-old woman suffered severe head injuries after a minivan struck her at a street intersection in San Diego.
According to a City News Service report, the major injury collision occurred the afternoon of July 2, 2015 at the intersection of Frost Street and Health Center Driver in front of Sharp Memorial Hospital.
The pedestrian was crossing the street in front of the hospital when she was struck. The woman was taken to a nearly medical center for treatment of severe head trauma.
Her condition was not known.
The 48-year-old motorist remained at the scene. It is not clear if the driver was cited or arrested. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with this seriously injured pedestrian. We wish her the very best for a quick and full recovery.
San Diego Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 26 fatalities and 557 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of San Diego.
Countywide, 56 people died and 998 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Based on this news report, the woman was attempting to cross a street in front of the hospital when she was struck and severely injured. It is unclear from this news report if the pedestrian was walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk or who had the right-of-way at the time.
California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states: “Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.”
The same section also states: “The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.”
If the driver is determined to have been at fault in this case, he or she can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.
An experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.