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In one of this week’s blog postings, we urged San Diego to be cautious when heading out as a pedestrian on our city streets. Like us, the city of El Cajon is also fired about pedestrian safety in wake of a fatality that occurred in one of the city’s most busy streets.

Earlier this month, a middle-aged man was killed after being struck by two cars in one of El Cajon’s busiest, controlled intersections. The individual was hit by at least two cars, according to NBC San Diego, and the accident was not the first of its kind at that intersection. Apparently, the area is notorious for being unsafe.

Residents of the area have noted unsafe conditions, especially due to the fast speeds that motorists are said to travel near the 800 block of Avocado Avenue. Others have expressed concern over the dim lighting of the street and its zoning. With increasingly high numbers of multi-housing in the area, residents say the congested zone is responsible for many of the vehicle accidents known to have occurred on that block.

According to NBC San Diego 7, city officials of El Cajon are investigating the area but there are no immediate plans to remediate the block.

CONTACTING THE CITY OF EL CAJON

If you’re like us, street safety is a huge passion. Perhaps you or a loved one was injured in a related accident or maybe you are a safety advocate determined to make a difference. Or maybe you’re both! Either way, to initiate change, voices must be heard.

If you’re familiar with the Avocado Avenue block in El Cajon, and you want to see something being done about its safety and the safety of the city’s residents, write a letter to the city manager to voice your concerns.

In addition, please be sure to increase your focus and attention when driving the area. Residents are also encouraged to use signage (such as a “Slow Down” sign made for residential streets and available for private consumer purchase) to encourage safe driving.

As always, be sure to eliminate all distractions when engaged in driving. Regardless of the area, you should always dedicate your attention to driving when behind the wheel of a vehicle. That means no phone calls, texting, fiddling with technology such as GPS or other dangerous behavior when driving. Simply put everything down and drive.

Save your own life or the life of another person; Do the right thing and drive distraction-free!

We hope that the city of El Cajon will work to make this area and other areas of concern safer to drive for its residents.

EL CAJON PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

If you have been injured in an El Cajon pedestrian accident, speak to a lawyer to understand your legal rights. You may be entitled to financial compensation including the right to recover for lost wages, medical bills and other expenses. Speak to a personal injury attorney now, FREE OF CHARGE, and pay nothing until we win your case: 1-800-655-6585.

 

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

As children, we are often taught to “look both ways” when crossing the street. But how many of us were taught to look both ways AND use a crosswalk before entering the street? Perhaps the old sayings our mothers taught us should be dusted off and reinvented for the new world we live in. The truth is that although we aim to be safe and cautious at all times, accidents can inevitably and tragically occur. In a recent case, a pedestrian in San Diego was tragically hit and killed by a motorcyclist crossing the street.

Police officials say the pedestrian had allegedly walked right into the path of the motorcyclist. Following the collision, the individual suffered a severed leg and several other serious injuries according to reports. Tragically, the pedestrian in question passed away as a result of the injuries.

Authorities according to NBC News San Diego noted that the motorcyclist was not cited for the accident.

San Diego officials are currently investigating the accident as details remain unclear.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: NAVIGATING SAN DIEGO STREETS

The city of San Diego is, generally, a safe place. Unlike other parts of the country where crimes are often rampant and urban life is undesirable, San Diego is more haven-like and serene. It’s no wonder we have earned the moniker as America’s Finest City. Nevertheless, accidents do occur even in our most idyllic town. When it comes to pedestrian safety, here’s what you can do to stay safe in San Diego.

Be cautious on residential streets

In many cases, individuals are often less cautious to cross streets within a residential area. Perhaps it is the reduced speed limit that provides a false veil of security. But the truth is that residential streets can be just as dangerous as the busy intersections of our community; although speed is, hopefully, reduced, the impact of a vehicle can cause catastrophic injury and even death when impact occurs within residential areas. Children are especially vulnerable.

  • When a crosswalk is unavailable, always look both ways and then AGAIN both ways, right and left, and then right again, to ensure there are no cars coming your way. Proceed into the street once you have clearly identified that it is safe to cross.
  • Children need to be monitored at all times. Unfortunately, we have blogged about recent news events in San Diego that involve children’s injuries due to car-related pedestrian accidents. Always supervise your children when they are playing in the front yard. If possible, encourage children to play in a secured backyard where traffic is a non-issue.

As a driver, look for and expect pedestrian traffic

Any time you get behind the wheel, you should always assume there will be pedestrian traffic. Whether you are on a residential street or a very busy, multiple-lane roadway, there will be people traveling by foot. In some cases, you may even see people on the freeway in cases of emergency.

  • Drive proactively. Don’t lose your focus on the road ahead. You never know when a bicyclist will “appear out of nowhere” and cause you to brake hard to otherwise swerve to avoid collision. In addition, kids tend to dart unexpectedly into the road. Expect that there will be children when you enter residential streets. And, in some cases, some parents have allowed older children to ride bikes on busy roadways. Always expect that there will be some type of pedestrian on the roadway.
  • Get rid of distractions immediately! If you haven’t made it a New Years’ resolution, we encourage you to do so. Simply let go of everything else when behind the wheel and simply DRIVE. Don’t use your cell phone, eat, apply makeup or otherwise be engaged in anything else but driving when you are behind the wheel. You just never know when an emergency will occur – be prepared to react!

When Pedestrian Accidents Occur

Unfortunately, San Diego pedestrian accidents occur and in many cases the results can be disastrous. If you or your child have been injured by a vehicle, it is important to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure your legal rights are preserved. Please give us a call – 24/7 and FREE OF CHARGE – to discuss your case today. You may be entitled to financial compensation. 1-800-655-6585.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

When we earn our driver’s license, it is certainly a rite of passage, but also an immense responsibility and undertaking. Although most teens are aware of the seriousness of driving, sometimes accidents occur nonetheless. For one teen, the sentiment is even truer in light of a recent San Diego pedestrian accident.

According to reports, a 17-year-old driver hit and seriously injured a college student – but the incident did not end there. Officials say the teen driver fled the scene of the accident even though he likely was well-aware the accident had occurred.

The pedestrian, 19, was walking in a crosswalk near San Diego State University when he was struck by the teen’s vehicle. The accident occurred around 11 p.m. earlier this month near Montezuma Road and Campanile Drive. Unfortunately, the young man suffered a broken leg and serious head injuries according to reports. His condition was classified as life-threatening at the time of the reporting.

Although the teen did not stop at the scene of the accident, he did turn himself into police officials. He was accompanied by his parents, police said.

The details of the San Diego pedestrian accident remain unclear. Investigators say it is possible the injured pedestrian may have been crossing the street on a red light.

ROADWAY SAFETY COMES TO LIGHT

Although the driver in this case was young and inexperienced behind the wheel, the truth is that night driving can be challenging for many drivers. That’s because night driving can lead to a host of problems such as reduced visibility and increased glares from overhead lighting – not to mention the sleepiness that often comes with late-night driving.

When it comes to night driving and roadway safety, take the following tips to heart:

KEEP EYES AND EARS OPEN. Nighttime driving is a difficult skill. Don’t make your job any harder by playing loud music, using a cell phone or eating food while driving. For that matter, don’t let any distraction take away your ability to make safe decisions behind the wheel. When you drive at night, it’s essential to keep your eyes and ears open to the roadways. Of course, it goes without saying that precautious driving should be a round-the-clock affair. However, at night, it takes an even more precautious state to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

DRIVE WELL-RESTED. We all have different sleep patterns and many of us are self-proclaimed “night people.” While some of us can probably get behind the wheel at night and drive safely, many of us are just, quite simply, human. We get tired at night. If that sounds like you, be sure to drive when well-rested. If possible, delay your trip until you’ve gotten some well-deserved sleep and avoid the night travel. If you’re already on the road and you feel sleepy, pull over to a rest stop or even better, a motel or hotel, and get some rest. You don’t want to risk your safety or your life – or that of another.

TRIPLE-CHECK INTERSECTIONS. Night travel is undeniably more dangerous than daytime driving. That’s because statistics tell us that drunken driving occurs more frequently in the late-night to early-morning hours. With that in mind, it makes sense to approach intersections – and all streets and freeways for that matter – with caution. Look both ways and enter the intersection once you’ve confirmed it’s clear. Don’t depend merely on the lights. An inebriated driver will careen through any light – red, yellow or green – so be sure to be on high-alert when entering an intersection at night.

LATE-NIGHT CAR ACCIDENTS IN SAN DIEGO

Unfortunately, San Diego car accidents happen every single night. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and believe it is the fault of another, it may be in your best interest to speak to a personal injury attorney. Don’t settle with the insurance company until you speak to us. Remember, the insurance company does not have your best interest in mind. We, however, do. Call us today at 1-800-655-6585 for a completely FREE legal evaluation of your case. Call now.

 

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

by Michael Pines

Pedestrian safety is such an important part of being mobile in San Diego. With the beach, shops, and the local attractions, our city boasts a lot of foot traffic in coastal neighborhoods and throughout inland areas, too. According to WalkScore.com, San Diego is the 18th most walkable city in the nation.

As passersby enjoy the attractions, though, it’s never been more important to practice roadway safety to avoid a pedestrian accident. While it is also the driver’s responsibility to watch for pedestrians, it often takes the diligence of the pedestrian to stay safe in traffic and beyond.

NBC San Diego is reporting a pedestrian accident involving a deputy in pursuit of a suspected drunk driver.

According to reports, a police official sped up to catch up to a suspected DUI driver when he struck a man — a worker at one of the nearby restaurants on West San Marcos Boulevard where the collision occurred.

He was just getting off work when the pedestrian accident occurred.

Reports indicate that police lights or sirens were not yet activated in the initial pursuit of the suspected drunk driver. A spokesperson for the San Diego Sheriff’s Department explained the deputy was devastated to have taken a life while trying to catch a DUI driver.

Pedestrians urged to take precaution

No one ever knows when an accident will happen. If we had that kind of foresight, many accidents would never occur. However, despite the fact that we cannot predict an accident, we can take precautions to help reduce their risk. Here are 3 things you can do today to be safe as a pedestrian in San Diego.

1.       Look left, right, then left again – and then cross the street

Take your time in crossing the street. There’s no rush in getting across, especially if your life can depend on it. Look to the left, right, then left again before proceeding into the street. If traffic seems sporadic, then repeat the process until the coast is clear.

2.       Use sidewalks

Walking in the street or in a bike lane is dangerous. Use the sidewalks instead, where walking is designated and separates you well away from traffic.

3.       Use a crosswalk

Do not walk into the middle of the street or assume it is safe to cross a “less busy” street without using a crosswalk. Always use designated crosswalks when illuminated to cross the street. And even then, be sure to look 3 times in both directions (left, right, left) before crossing.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can happen even for the most overcautious individuals. And many times, the pedestrian is not at fault. If you have been injured as a pedestrian, and suspect the driver may be at fault for the accident, do not hesitate to call our firm at 1-800-655-6585 for a free consultation. You have legal rights, and we can help you get the maximum financial compensation for your injuries.

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

San Diego, though it isn’t classified as walking city, still has its fair share of pedestrians throughout the area due in part to its miles of beaches and coastal shopping which draw thousands of people everyday. Fortunately, San Diego does not rank as the highest city for pedestrian accidents – that spot is reserved for Atlanta, with 10.97 pedestrian fatalities for every 100,000 people in 2009. On its heels is Detroit with 10.31 fatalities, followed by Los Angeles at 7.64 fatalities for every 100,000 people according to Good Magazine. But in an alarming twist, one city has quickly risen as one of the worst cities to be a pedestrian: Reno.

In a special report at CBS 2News, authorities have been worried that the rising rate of pedestrian accidents in Reno is on a continual rise.

“Of the 17 fatalities our department investigated in 2011, 11 involved pedestrians…close to one a month,” Reno officials said.

Those statistics rival Atlanta, thereby placing Reno as one of the worst cities to walk as a pedestrian – at least in 2011. A part of the problem is the misuse of crosswalks, or simply not using them at all.

“I do jaywalk, as long as I am not disturbing the flow of traffic,” said one pedestrian in the area. “I think it’s easier to do it here. And plus, I have a bad back, and it’s a long way to the corner.”

What many pedestrians don’t realize, however, is that crosswalks are easily accessible and not far at all, with most busy corners safely equipped with pedestrian access. But unfortunately, this year hasn’t improved over last year’s staggering pedestrian fatality statistics. In 2012, 3 out of 4 fatality car accidents have been pedestrian fatalities in the Reno area.

Traffic authorities in Reno have launched a new “Zero Fatalities” traffic safety campaign to create awareness around the problem.

San Diego: let’s continue to keep our pedestrians safe

Fortunately, unlike Reno, San Diego is a safer place for pedestrians. But no city, including ours, is completely free of risk. For instance, last month, we reported on a car accident involving a pedestrian who was killed in Del Sur. Unfortunately, these types of accidents can happen anywhere, in any city. Consider the following pedestrian tips to stay safe:

Never assume jaywalking is safe

It goes without saying, but all pedestrians must use a crosswalk and heed to posted traffic safety laws. Do not assume it is safe to cross the street without using a crosswalk as many pedestrian fatalities have happened when people assume drivers can see them. Don’t assume anything: use the crosswalk at all times.

When using crosswalks, make eye contact

Often, pedestrians cite jaywalking as the safer alternative since many drivers fail to make complete stops at crosswalks and often roll into red lights when turning. But don’t assume jaywalking is the safer alternative to using a crosswalk. More accidents occur when pedestrians jaywalk than when using a crosswalk. However, you can increase the level of safety when crossing a crosswalk by making eye contact with the driver if you can. Doing so can ensure s/he sees you as you are approaching the crosswalk.

Use sidewalks

Sidewalks are designed to keep pedestrians away from oncoming traffic, and so it is the generally safer way to travel if you are walking. Do not use the roadways or the bike lane. When possible, always use the sidewalk as a pedestrian and walk on the closest interior part of the structure.

Pedestrian injury accident in San Diego

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to call Michael Pines, personal injury lawyer in San Diego, at 1-800-655-6585 for a free legal consultation of your case. Our firm will work hard to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Call us today.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

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