In a previous post, we urged those traveling on Route 76 and Route 78 to be extra cautious as drivers. The truth is these routes are sadly home to some of the most horrific accidents in San Diego County. But recently, we’ve read several tragic headlines within the last year about pedestrians attempting to navigate these highways by foot. With that in mind, we want to remind all San Diegans to NEVER attempt to use Routes 76 and 78 as streets for walking. It’s completely unsafe and can lead to catastrophic injury and even death. Please – find alternative transportation or use another route designed for foot traffic if you must travel near these corridors.
A recent pedestrian accident on Route 78 in Vista reminds us to be especially careful when we travel by foot – and it really drives the point home: Please do not walk or cross Routes 76 or 78! It’s far too risky!
According to San Diego Fox 5 News (7/1/2015), a woman was hit and killed after she attempted to cross Route 78 in Vista, California. Sadly, the woman was attempting to “dash” across the state route when she was tragically struck by a big-rig truck traveling along the highway.
The accident occurred near Route 78 and Sycamore Avenue at 1 a.m. earlier this month. Authorities believe she may have been driving Route 78 when her vehicle stalled. It appears she then proceeded to exit the vehicle and cross the route, possibly for help.
A SigAlert was issued following the pedestrian accident. Traffic was diverted onto neighborhood streets while the accident was being investigated by officials.
The driver of the big-rig was not hurt.
WHEN ROADSIDE EMERGENCIES OCCUR: KNOW WHAT TO DO
If you are caught in an emergency on the roadway, it’s imperative to know what to do – not only to get help when your vehicle stalls but to also keep you safe and alive until you’re actually able to get help. Here are just some of the ways you can be prepared in case a roadway emergency occurs.
KEEP A CELL PHONE CHARGER IN YOUR VEHICLE
Nothing is worse than running out of your cell phone battery when you depend on it for directions. Worse, if you do have an emergency such as a stalled vehicle, you have limited options when it comes to calling for help. Keeping a cell phone charger in your vehicle at all times is imperative when it comes to emergencies. You never want to be caught without your phone when you need it most. Having access to your charged phone at all times means you don’t have to leave your vehicle or get out and cross a street to get help.
If you are stalled for whatever reason, it’s a good idea to bring attention to your vehicle, especially if it’s evening and visibility is limited. Use flashers to identify your stalled vehicle on dimly-lit roadways. And it’s a good idea to know how to use flashers. Don’t put them in the middle of the lane. Instead, place flashers alongside the shoulder several feet behind your stalled vehicle to alert oncoming drivers.
KEEP YOUR VEHICLE IN PROPER WORKING ORDER
Always keep your vehicle up-to-speed when it comes to maintenance and repairs. When you keep current on your car’s maintenance schedule, you leave less room for potential break-downs. Also, when you opt for frequent oil changes and radiator flushes, you can increase the chances that your vehicle will run smoother for longer – and hopefully, without emergencies that require stopping and exiting your vehicle.
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Using a crosswalk is paramount to your safety and the safety of others when crossing any public street. Although a crosswalk can’t fully prevent your risk of being hit by an oncoming vehicle, using one anyway can significantly reduce your risk of being injured in a pedestrian accident.
We urge all San Diegans – especially families with children – to use crosswalks at all times when attempting to cross any public street.
The advice follows on the heels of a recent Oceanside pedestrian accident involving a truck and a 7-year-old girl. According to San Diego Fox 5 News (7/5/2015), the young girl was accidentally hit by the truck when crossing the street with her family.
The accident occurred near the often busy Mission Avenue at Frontier Drive in midafternoon earlier this month, the news source reported. Sadly, the young girl was pronounced dead despite being treated for catastrophic injuries at a nearby hospital.
The family did not use a crosswalk according to authorities.
The driver of the truck in question will not be charged with a crime in this case as it appears the tragic fatality was an accident. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the case, authorities said.
NAVIGATING SAN DIEGO’S BUSY STREETS
When it comes to your safety, we urge you and your family to always use a crosswalk when possible. Although it may be “inconvenient” to walk a little farther to get to a crosswalk, we plead with all San Diegans to do so anyway in an effort to prevent the next pedestrian fatality.
According to Walk Score, San Diego is a walkable city – in fact, it is America’s 19th most walkable city in the nation. And that means lots of pedestrians! Of course some areas of San Diego County are more walkable than others. Horton Plaza, Little Italy, Gaslamp and Core-Columbia are just some of the neighborhoods in San Diego that are by far the most walked in all of the county. And that means if you’re a pedestrian, you need to be all the more careful.
No matter where you live in San Diego County – whether in the city or in the many suburbs throughout the county – you must be a smart, alert pedestrian. Here’s just some of the ways you can stay safe out there.
USE A CROSSWALK
We can’t stress this enough – please use a crosswalk at all times when crossing public streets. If you must walk an extra block to get to one, please do so for your sake and the sake of your loved ones. With children, this is all the more important. If you must cross a residential street with no available crosswalk, we urge you to look right, left and then right again to ensure it is safe to cross. Always hold your child’s hand when crossing residential streets and in crosswalks, too.
TRY TO WALK DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS
If at all possible, limit your walking to daylight hours where you can be easily seen by other vehicles. Try to use alternative transportation during the hours ranging from dusk to dawn.
WEAR REFLECTIVE GEAR
If you must walk during dusk or dawn hours, be sure you wear bright, reflective clothing that is easily seen by passing vehicles. Don’t wear dark clothing during evening strolls – it’s nearly impossible to see you! Also, consider carrying a flashlight if you must walk during evening or early morning hours.
WHEN PEDESTRIAN INJURY ACCIDENTS OCCUR
In some cases, pedestrian accidents can occur and it may be the fault of another driver. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident and you feel someone should be held responsible for your injuries, give us a call now to speak to a personal injury lawyer, free of charge: 1-800-655-6585. Our consultation is FREE and we will explain all of your legal rights in detail. There are no out-of-pocket expenses to hire us as your legal counsel. Call now.
Being a tourist is no easy feat. First, you must learn to read a city’s map in basically no time at all. Then, you must learn to navigate the city traffic and learn the personalities of its drivers. While some cities are relaxed and easy going, others are faced paced and quick to react.
Unfortunately, when bad circumstances and unfamiliarity meet, the outcome can be catastrophic. That’s why it’s extremely important to heed caution when visiting a new city and walking or driving its streets. The advice follows on the heels of a recent La Jolla pedestrian accident that has tragically left a tourist with a catastrophic head injury, clinging to life, according to San Diego 6.
The traffic accident occurred in University City near the intersection of La Jolla Village and Lebon Drive around 11:00 p.m. just shy of the New Years’ Eve. Details of this case, as published, remain unclear. It is uncertain whether the pedestrian in question had been using a crosswalk.
Regarding the driver, police officials do not believe alcohol was a factor in this case.
TOURISM: PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC
Late-night pedestrian traffic can be one of the most dangerous times to navigate the streets, especially if you’re new to a city. Although details remain unclear in this case, it’s always important to use a crosswalk, especially at night, but even protected crosswalks can prove to be dangerous in the face of limited visibility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable populations on the road. Of course, without any protection against the impact of a vehicle, pedestrians are indeed left to their own devices when it comes to safety. The CDC also notes that 76,000 people were injured as pedestrians last year; another 4,743 individuals were killed as pedestrians in traffic accidents. It goes without saying that pedestrians safety should always be top-of-mind when navigating roadways by foot.
As a tourist, be proactive and:
- Try to avoid late night foot traffic, if possible. Consider taking public transportation instead.
- Always use crosswalks for added protection when crossing the street.
- Wear reflective clothing when traveling at night and consider packing a flashlight and bringing it with you on walks for increased visibility.
INCREASING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY FOR LOCAL SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS
Of course, pedestrian accidents can happen even if you’ve lived in a city for years, especially when it comes to children.
To increase pedestrian safety, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has put together community resources to increase neighborhood safety. In addition, the NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have put together the Safe Routes to School Program (SRSP) to increase walking safety. Schools, neighborhood groups, community service liaisons and safety advocates are encouraged to put the program into action to increase foot traffic safety, especially near schools where pedestrians are always frequently in circulation. For more information about the SRSP program, click here.
WHEN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS OCCUR
Pedestrians who have been injured in a car accident can seek legal representation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact a personal injury attorney specializing in pedestrian injuries to understand your legal rights. The call is completely FREE and we don’t collect until we win your case. Call now, 24/7: 1-800-655-6585
A woman is facing life-threatening injuries after a tragic Lemon Grove accident has left her in critical condition, reports indicate. The female pedestrian, 32, was struck by a vehicle near Skyline and Alton Drive in the Lemon Grove area according to officials.
The San Diego pedestrian accident occurred around dusk, 6:10 p.m., as she was crossing the street. Reports indicate she may not have been using a crosswalk. She was tragically struck by an oncoming vehicle resulting in serious, catastrophic injury according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
Paramedics responded to the scene and transported her to a local hospital where she was treated for catastrophic injuries. As for the driver, there are no expected citations and no one in the vehicle was hurt as a result of the accident.
USING CROSSWALKS, BEING PROACTIVE
It goes without saying that pedestrian accidents such as these are tragic and misfortunate events. Although the details of the case remain unclear, reports have indicated that the woman may have been crossing the street without the aid of a crosswalk.
A crosswalk is important for several reasons. First, a crosswalk reduces your risk of injury because it is a protected crossing for people who wish to cross the street. In other words, a crosswalk is meant for foot traffic and drivers are more aware of pedestrians when entering crosswalk areas. In addition, lit crosswalks such as those that use traffic lights to signal movement are even safer and should be used whenever possible. Even then, unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can occur. The reality is that not all drivers can see as well as we expect them to see and accidents do happen.
Nevertheless, it is important to remain vigilant in the face of potential danger.
For San Diego pedestrians, it’s increasingly important to use crosswalks every single time you cross the street. In some residential areas, it may be next to impossible to cross the street with the use of a crosswalk. In those cases, you must look right, left, then right again before crossing the street. In addition, never lose focus on your task even though it may seem mundane to cross a residential street. This advice is doubly important for those who are crossing with children. Always be aware of your surroundings and use a crosswalk whenever it is possible when traveling by foot with kids.
Finally, when it comes to dusk hours, nothing can be quite as dangerous as reduced visibility whether you are a driver or a pedestrian. On the case of driving, when you can’t see, you can’t react. If you’re a driver, use your headlights at the first moment of sunset. Although it goes without saying, be sure to eliminate all distraction and simply put everything down and focus on the road. So, pedestrians: be sure that if you’re traveling by foot in the later hours of the day, you wear bright or reflective clothing. In addition, consider holding a flashlight for casual strolls around the neighborhood.
WHEN SAN DIEGO PEDESTRIAN INJURIES OCCUR
In some cases, even a proactive pedestrian can be injured in an accident. If you have been injured by an oncoming vehicle and you believe it was the other person’s fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The details of pedestrian accidents can be complex; speak to a personal injury attorney to understand your rights. The call is completely FREE: 1-800-655-6585. We don’t charge for the legal advice nor do we collect any money upfront to represent your case. Give us a call 24/7. We may be able to help.
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.