An unidentified pedestrian was seriously hurt after getting hit by a passing vehicle in Mission Valley on Wednesday afternoon, January 20.
The accident took place on Camino De La Reina near Qualcomm Way in Mission Valley at approximately 2:15 p.m. A 2012 Volvo S60 driven by a 26-year-old woman was reportedly heading westbound on Camino De La Reina. She went towards the Mission Valley intersection on a green light when a pedestrian suddenly ran onto the road.
The Volvo driver was unable to avoid the pedestrian and unfortunately hit him. The pedestrian was later identified as a 62-year-old man. He sustained significant head trauma and broke his left femur. He was immediately transported to a local hospital to receive treatment.
The driver of the Volvo remained at the scene and cooperated with local authorities. Information about the accident is limited at the moment. Authorities are currently investigating the case. They will attempt to determine the factors and the liability.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrians are less protected from the dangers on the road compared to passengers of private vehicles. Those who are riding in cars are in cars that weigh an average of at least 4,000 pounds and have not only seat belts but airbags to protect them. Even bicyclists typically have helmets to protect them. Meanwhile, pedestrians are completely defenseless and vulnerable in the event of someone else’s negligence.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are not an uncommon occurrence in the U.S. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, approximately 6,227 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. back in 2018, a 250 increase from the previous year.
Pedestrians need to exercise extra careful behavior in California. This is a sad fact of living in the Golden State. While the law may require drivers to act a certain way, any Californian who walks anywhere regularly can tell you that most drivers in the state ignore the law. Of course, the driver is responsible not to hit someone, but a pedestrian has to take it upon themselves to cross as safely as possible.
If the pedestrian is determined to be 50 percent at fault connected with an accident in which the pedestrian is injured while the negligent driver is also determined to be 50 percent at fault. The jury awards the pedestrian $100,000 in damages, and then the pedestrian would only recover $50,000 because he or she was deemed to be at fault for half the damages he or she suffered.
Personal Injury Attorney for Victims of Pedestrian Accidents in San Diego County
The injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can be catastrophic, and the cost of medical care and lost income resulting from such an accident can be exorbitant. To reduce their liability, the insurance company or defendant may try to coerce you into providing a recorded statement that later can be used against you to dispute liability or your damages.
A pedestrian accident lawyer from Arash Law will help you stay one step ahead of the insurance company or responsible party and avoid mistakes that would jeopardize your claim. Our attorneys will also perform an immediate investigation to gather evidence while it is still available. We can also handle talks with the insurance company, calculate your damages, and use proven legal strategies during settlement negotiations and potential litigation.
Our lawyers at Arash Law are ready to help you. We will actively fight for your rights and ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Our firm has been around for decades, with offices conveniently spread throughout California. You are free to pay us a visit at any of our offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego. You may also call us at (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation.