Looking at the photos of this incident, we can see the damage done to the vehicle. That damage was from a man’s body.
It happened the other day around 2AM as a man was crossing a Pacific Beach street to get to his Uber on the other side of the road. On his way across, a 2005 Infinity struck him. The victim was rushed to the hospital with serious head injuries. Fortunately, they were not life-threatening. The driver of the Infinity stayed on the scene and San Diego police say that alcohol was not a factor.
We know this – pedestrians face a range of dangers when they are in and around the roadway. While we do not know exactly why this accident happened or whether the man was using a pedestrian right-of-way, we want to highlight the risks that pedestrians face.
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WHAT CAN HAPPEN?
San Diego is a large place with plenty of pedestrians moving around each day. Let’s look at some statistics from the latest reporting year:
- California had 14,215 pedestrian injuries.
- San Diego had 706 pedestrian injuries or fatalities.
Any time a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, there is over a 90 percent likelihood that they will sustain some kind of injury.
Because, pedestrians have no way to absorb the impact of a vehicle. The human body is not made to sustain that kind of force. Not only that, but there are usually two impacts – the initial hit and then one with the ground.
Bodily damage from a pedestrian versus vehicle accident can be severe, ranging from soft tissue and bone damage to massive internal injuries. Injured pedestrians often face major medical procedures, long-term rehabilitation, and even permanent disabilities.
Often, we find that pedestrian accidents are the fault of negligent drivers. In California, almost 50 percent of citizens report making a driving mistake while talking on a cell phone. Imagine how deadly drivers are when they decide to send a text or watch a video. Distracted drivers are a problem for pedestrians, as are impaired drivers.
According to California drivers, speeding/aggressive driving, drunk driving, and distracted driving are their biggest safety concerns when they hit the roadways.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If someone else’s negligence has caused you injuries in a pedestrian accident, you should seek legal assistance. It is important to have a strong and knowledgeable legal team by your side. Insurance companies may not cover all of your accident-related expenses and we do not think that is fair. Why should you have to suffer financially because of someone else’s mistake?
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we will work tirelessly on your behalf, ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling our office.