San Diego NBC News Joseph Young reported that members of a San Diego family were seriously injured in a auto accident on January 8, 2012. The car accident happened at around 11a.m. at the corner of University and 4th Street. The unnamed couple and their 3-year-old daughter were in the crosswalk when a vehicle making a turn through the intersection struck the woman and her child. Cody Defrate, a witness who called 911 for help stated that “The intersection’s crazy.” “Cars turning the wrong way, people aren’t paying attention when they cross the street. It’s not just pedestrians. It’s mostly the cars honestly.” The child and her mother were taken to a local hospital with potential life-threatening injuries.
Applicable California Law
California Vehicle Code 21950 requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. Thus, the driver and owner of the vehicle that struck the woman and her child will face potential claims for their personal injuries. If their injuries result in either victim’s death, their heirs could pursue claims for wrongful death (see my prior Blog post for Wrongful Death Law in California). However, the statute also requires pedestrians to exercise due care for his or her own safety. Thus, if the couple was inattentive and contributed to their own injuries, this could reduce the value of any potential claims.
A Sunday morning outing results in a life threatening accident. Auto accidents, truck accidents, or bus accidents involving pedestrians can result in serious injuries to the victims or the death of a loved one. Seeking the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial to protecting the rights of the victims and their families.