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I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this deceased victim. My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved this woman. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 13 deaths and 80 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Also, countywide, 63 fatalities and 998 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2008. In San Diego County as a whole, 246 deaths and 13,527 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents during the same year.
What Caused this Accident?
This news report leaves a number of questions unanswered. It is not quite clear who was at fault here. Where exactly was the woman walking at the time of the accident? Was she in a crosswalk at the time? Was she walking along the side or shoulder of the road? Was she walking across traffic lanes? Did the driver of the car fail to yield right-of-way to the woman?
Laws and Liability Issues
California law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing the street or walking on the street legally. However, just as the motorist has a responsibility, pedestrians are also required to yield right-of-way to oncoming vehicles. I trust an investigation into this incident will shed light on who was at fault here.
In such cases, victims would be well-advised to consult an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the accident and make sure that the negligent parties, if any, are held accountable. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous or defective roadway may have caused the accident. If that was the case, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could also be held liable. According to California Governmental Code section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental entity must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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