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San Bernardino Car Accident Proves Fatal for Man in Wheelchair


Juan Coya, 79, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident when he was struck by a car while crossing the street in a motorized wheelchair. According to a news report in The San Bernardino County Sun, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Pipeline Avenue and Rosewood Way in Chino Hills the evening of November 16, 2010. Coya was crossing the street when a vehicle travelling north on Pipeline struck him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not clear if the driver will be cited for the accident. An investigation into the incident is still pending.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Juan Coya. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

San Bernardino Pedestrian Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), eight people were injured in Chino Hills pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 39 fatalities and 432 injuries reported due to pedestrian accidents in San Bernardino County.

Laws Relating to Wheelchair Users

It is unclear from the report if the victim of this accident was crossing the street against the light at the time or outside a crosswalk. Under California law, wheelchair users are treated as pedestrians. California Vehicle Section Code 467(a) defines motorized wheelchair users as pedestrians, with all of the same rights and restrictions as someone walking along a roadway. That means vehicles are required to yield to them, and that the wheelchair users are to stick to sidewalks or shoulders and 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.”

Liability Issues

If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for Coya’s wrongful death. Families of deceased car accident victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.

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Call a Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys San Bernardino wrongful death lawyer for a free professional evaluation of your rights by attorneys who have been representing families of deceased accident victims since 1978. You will experience award winning representation and outstanding personal service by a compassionate and understanding law firm in a comfortable environment.

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