A mother and two children were hit by a vehicle while walking on South Juniper Street just south of West Felicita Avenue in Escondido. The woman was walking her children to school, crossing in a crosswalk, when they were struck by an oncoming vehicle. Thankfully, no deaths occurred as a result of the pedestrian accident but all three individuals were treated for minor injuries.
The accident occurred near Juniper Elementary School – a place frequented by heavy foot traffic, needless to say. Many children and families circulate the area and walk to and from the school.
According to reports, the driver in question was cited for not having a valid driver’s license and for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
It seemed to be a bad morning that day for pedestrians in Escondido. Earlier, around 7:30 a.m., another pedestrian was hit near 13TH Street and Centre City Parkway. Fortunately, that individual survived the accident although a broken leg was reported according to police officials. A traffic alert was issued at that intersection, causing a tangle in the morning’s commute.
SAN DIEGO PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
Pedestrian accidents can be some of the worst kinds of accidents on San Diego streets. After all, with the high velocity of moving vehicles, the injuries can be extremely serious. In some cases, wrongful death can also occur.
What are the most common types of pedestrian injuries after being struck by a vehicle?
BROKEN ARMS, LEGS OR OTHER BONES. As in the earlier case, broken bones are often the result of being hit by a vehicle. The impact can cause severe breaks, leading to disfigurement.
SPINAL CORD INJURY. Your spine is a wonderful, flexible and essential component to your body. If it is compromised in any way, the results can be disastrous. When a car makes impact with the human body, it can bend and break the spine. Temporary or permanent paralysis as a result of spinal cord injury can often result from pedestrian accidents.
INTERNAL TRAUMA. The blow from a vehicle to your body can cause catastrophic injury to internal organs. It goes without saying that the most essential organs such as your lungs or heart can be severely injured in the event of a collision. Internal bleeding is also unfortunately common as a result of pedestrian accidents.
BRAIN INJURY. Brain injuries could occur if the vehicle makes impact with the head. In some cases, the impact from the fall to the asphalt could additionally cause brain injuries. Tragically, brain injury accidents can last a lifetime.
WRONGFUL DEATH. In extreme cases, pedestrian accidents can result in wrongful death.
IF YOU’VE BEEN INJURED IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
It’s extremely stressful to deal with the aftermath of a pedestrian accident. Medical bills can pile up, your job may be in question and your body is working 24/7 to repair itself. It’s incredibly difficult. But, you don’t have to go through it alone. A personal injury attorney can walk you through the process of filing a personal injury claim. It’s important to call right away if you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident to ensure your legal rights are preserved. Give us a call today: 1-800-655-6585
No one ever thinks that a trash truck could really pose a danger on city streets. But the truth is that even trash trucks can be hazardous – after all, they are moving vehicles. Tragically, a 63-year-old San Diego pedestrian has died as a result of a trash truck accident leaving San Diego residents saddened and concerned over the safety of our streets.
Reports indicate the man was struck and killed by the trash truck and two other vehicles early Thursday morning after crossing West El Camino del Rio and Moore Street. The truck was just existing Interstate 8 when the accident occurred.
Officials said that after the pedestrian was struck by the truck, he fell into the second lane of the road where he was tragically hit by two oncoming vehicles. He died at the scene of the accident.
Rosecrans Street in the Midway District was closed as a result of the pedestrian accident. It is unclear whether the man was using a crosswalk and the California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the accident as exact details remain unclear.
CROSSING SAN DIEGO STREETS SAFELY
What can you do to stay safe when crossing San Diego streets? Actually, pedestrians can do a lot to stay proactive in the face of oncoming vehicles. Here’s what you can do to stay safe.
CROSS STREETS USING CROSSWALKS ONLY. It is so important to use the crosswalk. When pedestrians use crosswalks, the risk of injury and death is significantly reduced. It goes without saying that vehicles are much more inclined to see you and stop. Use the crosswalk and potentially save your life.
WALK IN DAYLIGHT, IF POSSIBLE. As the sun goes down, your risk for injury on our roadways goes up. That’s the harsh reality, unfortunately, even when considering accidents such as those caused by impairment. In the case of pedestrian accidents, that’s also the case. Accidents increase when night falls. If possible, simply use the daylight hours for foot commuting. At night, take a cab or call a friend for a ride.
WEAR REFLECTIVE GEAR. If you are a regular foot commuter, consider wearing reflective wrist bands, ankle bands or vest for your optimum visibility on the road. If you must walk at night, reflective gear is a necessity.
WHEN PEDESTRIAN INJURY OCCURS
Even the most cautious pedestrian can unfortunately be struck by an oncoming vehicle. In many cases, there’s nothing a pedestrian can do to evade an unsafe driver. When a vehicle loses control, or if the driver is reckless or impaired, the truth is that a pedestrian accident can occur.
If you have been injured in an accident while walking San Diego streets, you may be entitled to file a legal claim against the responsible party. In cases like these, it’s important to speak to a pedestrian accident lawyer. Give us a call today and speak to an attorney FREE OF CHARGE.
There is no cost for our legal advice. It’s important to call right away to secure your legal rights: 1-800-655-6585.
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.
Whenever we step foot out the front door, we are exposed to certain risks. When we get into our cars and drive, to some degree we are at risk for getting into a car accident as we make our way onto the road. And while the risk may be very small for most people, it can increase with bad driving habits like speeding, cell phone use, or other forms distracted driving. And sadly, as you increase your risk for getting into a car accident, you also increase the risk of other drivers around you.
As a pedestrian, your risk is no different than for people in vehicles. That’s why it’s never been so important to not only drive defensively but also walk defensively.
The advice follows on the heels of an accident in Rancho Penasquitos Monday involving a pedestrian and motorcyclist. The biker, who was allegedly speeding, struck a 29-year-old man who was walking his dog. Both the motorcyclist and pedestrian were tragically killed as a result of the accident.
According to reports at the San Diego Union Tribune, the pedestrian was using a designated crosswalk near the intersection of Carmel Mountain Road and Sundance Avenue. Sadly, both men were thrown nearly 300 feet by the impact of the motorcycle accident. The bike slid across the pavement by an additional 200 feet, authorities said.
“His two favorite things in the world were playing guitar and his dog,” said the pedestrian’s former girlfriend.
The motorcycle was estimated to have been traveling nearly 80 mph in a mainly residential area. As for the cause of accident, only speeding has been identified in reports. It’s unknown whether other factors played a part in the motorcycle accident.
Reducing your risk for accident
While there is no way to entirely prevent an accident, here’s what you can do to help reduce your risk.
For drivers. Driving poses a risk for accident on its own. Add in other factors like speeding, and your chances for getting into an accident skyrocket. Your life and the lives of others depend on your ability to drive under control and at the legal speed limit. And when adverse road conditions present themselves, it’s up to you to make adjustments to stay safe. The bottom line: it’s never safe to speed!
For pedestrians. It goes without saying to always use a designated crosswalk at all times. But even then, accidents can happen. Take your safety a step further by considering the time of day you walk. Dawn and dusk can be riskier times of day due to decreased visibility. Consider walking during the day, and wear a bright jacket or reflective gear that can help bring attention to your presence.
About the Law Offices of Michael Pines
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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.