A 49-year-old woman was hospitalized after she was struck by an SUV on June 29, 2012, around 9:30 p.m. in Pacific Beach. San Diego police Sgt. David Jennings said that the pedestrian allegedly walked into the path of a southbound Toyota SUV driven by a 22-year-old man in the 1800 block of Garnet Avenue.
Witnesses said she was talking on her cell phone and did not appear to be paying attention. The SUV driver was unable to avoid hitting the woman. The injured pedestrian suffered a skull fracture, bleeding of the brain, and a broken leg and was immediately transported to Scripps La Jolla hospital for medical treatment for her traumatic brain injury.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21950, it is possible that both the driver and pedestrian may be responsible. As such, the pedestrian may still be able to recover damages for their losses in this accident.
According to the California Highway Patrol, there were 18 fatalities and 494 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of San Diego in 2009. Countywide, pedestrian accidents caused 57 fatalities and injured 937 people.
In this particular case, if it is determined that the SUV driver was at fault, then he may be held liable for the injuries suffered and the damages done. In cases where negligence is involved, injured victims can file a personal injury claim seeking compensation for damages suffered in the accident.
If you or someone you love has been killed or injured in an accident caused by another party’s actions, get the representation you need. Call a San Diego County pedestrian injury attorney at the Jurewitz Law Group at (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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