A pedestrian was seriously injured in a San Diego car accident after he was hit by a vehicle on the on-ramp to the 5 Freeway near the Coronado Bay Bridge. According to a 10news report, the pedestrian was struck on the Cesar Chavez Parkway on-ramp in Logan Heights, the afternoon of September 11, 2010. The driver remained at the scene of the accident. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with major injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim in this San Diego pedestrian accident. I wish this person a complete and quick recovery.
San Diego Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 23 people were killed and 533 people were injured in San Diego pedestrian accidents. That same year, there were 63 fatalities and 998 injuries as a result of all San Diego County pedestrian accidents.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it is not quite clear how or why this injury collision occurred. Whose fault was this accident? Was the pedestrian in a crosswalk? Was the driver of the vehicle impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent at the time? Was there a right-of-way issue here? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that caused or contributed to this accident? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine exactly what occurred here and why.
If the driver was determined to have been at fault in this incident, he or she could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. Injured victims in such cases could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
Car accident victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable for their actions. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether there was a hazardous condition on the roadway which may have caused or contributed to the collision. If that was the case, the city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Any personal injury claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury, under California Government Code Section 911.2.
What are some precautions you would take as a pedestrian to avoid an accident at a freeway on-ramp?
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