When pedestrians choose to cross the street in places where a crosswalk is not present, they put themselves at risk of sustaining an injury. When a pedestrian is struck by a car – which is made of several thousand pounds of metal and glass –even at lower speeds this type of crash carries a great potential for causing serious or catastrophic injury, and even wrongful death.
Unfortunately that was the case in recent San Diego pedestrian accident news when an 82-year-old woman was hit and killed by a car in National City.
The 82-year-old woman, Elena M. Firme of National City, was walking in the traffic lanes of northbound Euclid Avenue near of East Plaza Boulevard when she was hit by a truck that was coming out of a parking lot. It has not yet been determined why Mrs. Firme was walking in the middle of the street.
Our National City accident lawyers wish that all pedestrians would follow the advice our parents gave us all as young children — look both ways before crossing the street. This alone could prevent many injuries and wrongful deaths from pedestrian accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 113 minutes and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. In 2007, 70,000 pedestrians were injured by cars in the U.S. alone, and 4,654 pedestrians suffered a wrongful death. Pedestrians make up about 11 percent of car crash wrongful deaths each year.
If you or a loved one have been hit by a car, hiring an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help ease any pain and suffering you may be going through. You shouldn’t have to worry about medical bills, any lost wages or even insurance companies. Your main concern should be healing from your injuries.
If you need help finding the right medical treatment after a car accident, you might want to think about talking to one of our personal injury lawyers.
Please contact us for a free consultation with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer — we speak both English and Spanish — at (800) 655-6585. Click here and you may also submit your case for a Free Review. There is no fee if no recovery.