Injury Law Blog

California woman involved in life-threatening pedestrian accident

California drivers must take care when they are sharing the road with pedestrians. In many instances, a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle ends in death or catastrophic injury. This is why walkers often have the right of way legally on the road, and this is why an inattentive or negligent driver who critically injures a pedestrian may be held accountable for those injuries.

Recently, a 67-year-old woman was struck by a car while she was walking in San Francisco. The accident happened just before 3:25 p.m. According to the fire department, the woman was alert and awake just following the incident. However, she was transported immediately to the hospital to receive care, where doctors described her injuries as life-threatening.

According to authorities, San Francisco is no stranger to fatal pedestrian accidents. The city saw a total of 21 deaths from pedestrian accidents in 2013. The last time pedestrian deaths were that high for the city was 2007. Pedestrian safety advocates are speaking out to improve safety conditions, and have made recommendations on how the streets can be safer.

Anything that can be done to improve the safety of California pedestrians will be a benefit to all. Adding a safety procedure that saves just one life should be considered a success. In the meantime, if a California resident is hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident, that person (or his or her family members when the accident is fatal) can investigate the possibility of initiating a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Restitution received through a successful claim can help victims pay for the vital medical attention they need. Other damages may also be compensable depending upon the unique factual circumstance of an accident.

Source: ktvu.com, Pedestrian critically injured in Richmond district accident, No author, Feb. 6, 2014