A 70-year-old San Diego resident lost his life recently when he was struck by a pickup truck while trying to cross a road in City Heights, according to a news report from CBS 8.
The man was crossing University Avenue at its intersection with 36th Street in his wheelchair when the accident occurred, according to San Diego police when he was hit by the pickup. The impact caused fractures to the man’s pelvis and bleeding in his brain, which proved fatal within a few hours despite rescue workers’ attempts to secure emergency hospital care for the man.
The driver of the pickup, a 46-year-old man, stopped at the scene to help the wheelchair-using 70-year-old and to speak to police. He was not injured in the crash. Investigation continues, and police have not yet released any statements on what they believe caused the accident. The crash occurred around 8:00 in the evening on a Tuesday, so poor visibility caused by lack of light may not have been a factor.
As many pedestrian accident attorneys know, wheelchair users face the same risks when using crosswalks as other pedestrians. In some cases, a wheelchair user’s risk may actually be higher than the risk for an average walking adult. Since they are sitting, wheelchair users tend to be shorter than the average adult, making it easier for drivers to fail to see them in the crucial seconds needed to avoid a crash. Drivers must pay attention when approaching crosswalks with the understanding that not all pedestrians are as easy to see as a full-sized, standing adult.
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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