A 17-year-old girl sustained major injuries in a San Diego car accident after she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the injury pedestrian accident occurred the night of February 18, 2011 on Kearny Villa Road near the Interstate 805. A sedan driven by a 26-year-old man struck the girl. The teen suffered a brain injury and an open leg fracture. An investigation is ongoing.
I sympathize with this young victim and her family for what they are going through at this time. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep this injured victim in your thoughts and prayers.
San Diego Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 23 fatalities and 533 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in San Diego. In San Diego County as a whole, pedestrian accidents claimed 63 lives and injured 998 people during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the girl was struck while crossing the street. It is not clear if she was walking in a crosswalk at the time. Motorists are required to stop and yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks under California law.
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 the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the victim’s injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, medication and other related damages. Victims would also be well-advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
A skilled car accident lawyer will be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition may have caused or contributed to the accident. If that was the case, the governmental entity or city responsible for maintaining the roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within six months of the incident.
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