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San Bernardino Car Accident Kills Pedestrian


Jason Tennies, 20, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after he was struck by a Nissan Pathfinder the morning of September 25, 2010. According to a news report in The San Bernardino County Sun, Tennies was walking on Eucalyptus Avenue near Chino Hills Parkway when the Nissan SUV hit him. Tennies was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Officials are investigating the cause of the accident.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jason Tennies for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

There were no fatalities, but 22 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Chino Hills, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In San Bernardino County as a whole, 39 people died and 432 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.

What Caused This Accident?

Based on this news report, it is not entirely clear how or why this fatal pedestrian versus car accident occurred. There are several questions here. Was Tennies walking across the roadway? Was he walking in a crosswalk at the time? Was the driver of the Pathfinder under the influence, distracted or speeding at the time? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine the cause of this fatal crash.

Laws and Liability Issues

California law requires 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.”

If the driver of the Pathfinder is determined to have been at fault, then he or she could be held liable for the wrongful death of the pedestrian. Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced San Bernardino pedestrian accident lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise families about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a car accident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.

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The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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