A man was struck and injured by a car in the 1500 block of Leucadia Boulevard, near Garden View Road in Encinitas, around 11:35 p.m. on August 11. According to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Sgt. E. Wallace, the pedestrian sustained serious injuries and deputies that were first on the scene had to provide medical aid to the victim. The victim was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment when fire personnel arrived on the scene.
We wish and pray that the injured pedestrian recovers completely and quickly.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 18 pedestrians were killed and 494 injured in San Diego pedestrian-auto crashes in 2009. According to the latest annual statistics for San Diego traffic accidents, 64 pedestrian fatalities occurred and 2,021 pedestrians were injured. Based on this news report, it is unclear whether the victim was in the crosswalk or crossing the roadway near an intersection during this San Diego County auto accident. It is also yet unknown if the victim was walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at the time he was hit. As per the law, drivers must yield the right of way at intersections and for pedestrians walking in the crosswalks.
If it is found that the pedestrian was in the crosswalk and his right-of-way was violated, then the driver might be held liable for this serious car-pedestrian crash under California Vehicle Code Section 21950, which states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
Pedestrian accident victims are usually left with hefty medical bills and other expenses. That is why it is important for victims to seek an experienced lawyer immediately to determine the exact reasons that contributed to their crash and to also get them the compensation they deserve. Call our Encinitas pedestrian accident attorneys at (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation of your case.
Unfortunately, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has not found any witnesses to this Encinitas pedestrian accident. If you saw or know of someone that saw this accident, please contact Deputy J. Lopez at (760) 966-3592.
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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