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: 1-858-551-2090. 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.
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