There is a reason why jaywalking is illegal. Our pedestrian accident lawyers know that in the blink of an eye, a pedestrian can be struck and killed by an on-coming car. That’s why there’s a “Don’t Walk” sign.
Unfortunately, two San Diego Chargers fans found that out the hard way after their team’s 24-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders yesterday. After getting off a trolley, the two chargers fans were involved in a serious pedestrian accident after jaywalking near the Hazard Center shopping mall. According to witnesses, the duo — a 33-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man — tried to cross the street against the red light in the middle of the road — instead of using the cross walk.
The pair of Chargers fans had just gotten off a Trolley and were attempting to cross Hazard Center Road when they were hit by a car driven by a 22-year-old woman. The two were then trapped underneath the car. According to police and witnesses of the pedestrian accident, the driver couldn’t have avoided hitting them (she wasn’t speeding).
The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital, while the man was listed in critical condition as of last night. They were not the only jaywalkers at the time of the accident apparently.
“There was a pack of about 15 (jaywalkers) that started to cross the street against the light in the middle of the block here and the two, the young lady and the man, were in the lead of the pack and they were the ones that struck by the vehicle,” said the San Diego police.
Our personal injury lawyers often remark on running a red light as a driving mistake, but in this instance, pedestrians were injured running a red light. Running a red light often leads to a major car accident where wrongful deaths are likely. With the other driver expecting to make it through the intersection, anyone that runs a red light runs the risk of causing a high-speed auto accident.
The rules of the roadway are in place for your safety. If you violate them, you could cause a fatal auto accident.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much 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. Learn more about Michael Pines