A 26-year-old man suffered a broken pelvis after being hit by a motorist who fled the scene shortly after the accident occurred. According to a SanDiego6.com article, the man walked three-fourths of the way across Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach when he was hit. The driver who struck the pedestrian and kept driving is reported to have been in a black pickup truck. One complex factor in this San Diego pedestrian accident is that the pedestrian allegedly crossed the street despite a red-hand warning signal for him to wait. Nevertheless, in order to help prevent serious injury or fatal car accidents, motorists must always check for pedestrians and other vehicles even when given the right of way with a green light.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that from 1997 to 2006, there were 49,128 pedestrian fatalities, which accounted for 12% of all fatalities in motor vehicle collisions. Single-vehicle accidents are responsible for a significant majority of pedestrian deaths. Considering that California is one of three states that has more pedestrian accident deaths than any other in the nation, San Diego motorists must follow all traffic laws and be fully aware of surrounding vehicles and pedestrians at all times.
With additional NHTSA statistics revealing that an average of 13 pedestrians are killed in auto accidents every day, pedestrians should be on the defensive even when given the signal to cross the street. While pedestrian deaths are shown to be less prominent in crosswalks than in roadways, pedestrians are still at risk due to a lack of protection against the impact of a moving vehicle.
Pedestrians who are injured as a result of distracted or negligent driving have valid legal rights that deserve to be protected. At the Elia Law Firm, our San Diego pedestrian accident injury lawyers can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses/losses associated with your injuries. To learn more about our legal rights and options so that you can make the best decision for your particular situation, please contact Steven Elia today. Call 619-444-2244 for a free consultation.
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