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Fatal Pedestrian Accident in San Francisco Bay Area


A pedestrian accident in Concord, killed a man near the State Route 242, CBS News report. The accident occurred when a car struck the pedestrian the night of March 24, 2010. The man was taken to an area hospital. He died several hours after the collision. Police have not said how or exactly where the accident occurred, neither has the driver been identified. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this deceased accident victim for their tragic and immense loss. Please keep them in your prayers.

Accident Statistics

There were six fatalities and 612 injuries involving car accidents in Concord, according to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In 2008, in Contra Costa County, car accidents claimed 59 lives and injured 3,621 people.

Laws Involving Pedestrians

California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

In this particular case, we do not know whether the pedestrian was crossing the road or walking along the side of the road. There are still several unanswered questions here. Was the driver impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent? Did he or she fail to yield right-of-way to the pedestrian? If this accident was the driver’s fault, he or she could be held liable for the pedestrian’s wrongful death.

If this accident was caused by a dangerous or defective roadway, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code section 911.2, any such claim must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. The best California personal injury lawyers will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.

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The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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