Pedestrians crossing roadways have an obligation to exercise a certain degree of care to protect themselves from harm. So long as they do, they may be eligible to file a lawsuit against a negligent party whose actions cause them to suffer injuries.
When we hear news stories about pedestrians being struck, we often hear that they either suffered permanent injuries or were killed in the crash. Only a lucky few are able to walk away from such an incident with minor injuries.
According to the most recent data published by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) in 2016, at least 5,987 pedestrians were killed in as a result of having been struck by a motor vehicle. This essentially equates to a new pedestrian being killed every one and a half hours each day in the country that year. At least 16 percent of all traffic-related deaths involved pedestrians in 2016.
A 28-year-old Chula Vista man was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide for his role in causing the death of a 62-year-old area resident on Sunday, March 11. He'd originally turned himself in on March 14 after hearing that there was a warrant out for his arrest.
A 29-year-old Vista resident was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), manslaughter and hit-and-run charges on Friday, March 9.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be ushering in the spring. It's during this time of the year that more of us are likely to take to the streets for either excercise, festivals or even to get to work. While walking from place to place may seem like an ideal option, it comes with inherent dangers too.
Many parents often express concern over their child's well-being while riding on school buses. Few, however, stop to realize that their kids are perhaps even more unsafe at bus stops, either waiting to be picked up or when they're getting dropped off.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), pedestrian safety is of great concern, especially around power industry trucks such as ones with any type of lifts on them. According to the Department of Labor (DOL), pedestrians being struck by truck lifts account for an overwhelming majority of work-related accidents in the United States.
A 50-year-old Mission Valley man was stuck and killed as he walked along the Mission Valley portion of Interstate 8 (I-8) in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 25.
A female pedestrian was struck and killed as she crossed the street close to 1700 San Elijo Road in San Marcos, California on Tuesday, Oct. 3.