A man and a woman were killed after getting struck by several vehicles after attempting to run across the 805 Freeway on Monday night, October 18.
The crash transpired at approximately 8:25 p.m. on the northbound lanes of 805 Freeway, south of Plaza Boulevard. A Toyota XA and a Honda Civic initially collided on the roadway for unclear reasons.
That’s when the male and female occupants of the Toyota exited their vehicle and jumped over the center median wall. Both of the occupants of the Toyota ran across the southbound freeway lanes where they were struck by passing vehicles.
A Chevrolet Silverado hit the woman while a Mazda sedan hit the man. Both the male and female occupants of the Toyota were pronounced dead at the scene.
Their identities have not been disclosed. Information about the accident is limited at the moment. Local authorities are further investigating the case.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Many types of traffic accidents can kill a pedestrian, but pedestrian accidents are particularly deadly. This is mainly because pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to traffic-related injuries and fatalities. After all, they have no safety measures in place in the event of an accident.
In the United States, 5,977 pedestrians were killed on the road last year. This means that one death occurs every 88 minutes or so. In 2017, an estimated 137,000 pedestrians suffered nonfatal injuries in collisions and were taken to the hospital’s emergency room.
California has the nation’s deadliest highways for pedestrians, according to the Federal Highway Administration. California has a 25 percent higher fatality rate than the national average, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2018, there were 893 pedestrian deaths and 14,000 injuries in California alone. Negligent driving, speeding, and drivers failing to yield to pedestrians are all common causes of pedestrian accidents.
San Diego County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
When it comes to personal injury cases involving wrongful death, the stakes tend to be higher. When a motorist hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian may be partially to blame for the accident because they failed to keep a proper eye out. This is called comparative negligence. If the motorist successfully proves that the pedestrian was at fault, the surviving family’s compensation may be drastically reduced.
An experienced pedestrian wrongful death lawyer will be able to conduct a thorough investigation and gather important evidence. It may be complicated to establish negligence or fault in some situations. Good lawyers will do thorough research to find out who is at fault in a case.
Our Arash Law lawyers will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the responsible party is liable for negligence. With years of experience in settlement negotiations and legal proceedings, Arash Law’s San Diego pedestrian accident lawyers know just what to do in cases similar to this.
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