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Pedestrian Accidents

What to Do After a Segway Accident

By Ross Jurewitz on September 27, 2017

The Segway, a two-wheeled, self-balancing personal vehicle invented by Dean Kamen in the early 2000s, is a convenient and innovative form of travel. It has become especially popular as workplace transport for military, police, warehouse, and emergency medical personnel. It is also common for individual use in urban areas and gated communities around the country. Read the rest »

Welcome to “The Future”

By Ross Jurewitz on September 20, 2017

“We’ve got to keep our eye on the future,” Mr. Dan Harris profoundly uttered while delivering the keynote at a meeting of business leaders in the San Diego area. “The growth of Southern California depends on keeping our young people here, giving them desirable work opportunities, and making sure they don’t go away to Denver or Austin or Atlanta or Seattle. We’ve got to keep our young, creative class here, in San Diego and L.A., and all parts in between. They are the lifeblood of our economy.” When Mr. Harris gave this speech in 2003 he was 72 years old. Read the rest »

Walking and Parking: Trickier Than You Think

By Ross Jurewitz on July 21, 2017

If you have the following on your list of “things to do” on your next vacation—Balboa Park, La Jolla Cove, SeaWorld, the country’s best zoo, and the air and space museum—then it sounds like you’re planning a visit to beautiful San Diego. The first thing you’ll notice, and quite possibly a major reason you’re visiting this SoCal gem, is the exquisite weather we have here.

And while you and the family are ready to jump head-first into some fun in the sun, there are a couple of major aspects of California law that you should keep in mind so that your trip doesn’t veer away from the sunny beaches and into a court of law. Read the rest »

Drivers Vs. Pedestrians – Who Wins?

By Ross Jurewitz on November 25, 2016

pedestrians2“So I’m driving along under the speed limit, aware that I’m in a heavily populated shopping district, completely sober and alert, hands at 10 and 2 — the very model of a safe driver — when all of the sudden this guy walks out in front of me. I slammed on the brakes and swerved, hitting a parked car, and got rear-ended by the guy behind me. By the time I settled down from the initial shock and got my bearings, the pedestrian who walked out in front of me was gone, and the guy who rear-ended me was screaming like crazy at me. Somehow I got stuck with the bill!”

Events like this occur all across the country during the holiday season, especially in cities with warmer climates and lots of outdoor shopping areas, like San Diego. Most people believe that an accident involving a car and a pedestrian is obviously the fault of the driver of the car – you know, “the pedestrian always has the right of way”. Everyone, drivers and pedestrians both, should know that’s not always true, and each should know some facts about auto/pedestrian accidents.
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San Diego Pedestrian Injuries from Hit-and-Run Accidents

By Ross Jurewitz on August 29, 2016

Just after 1 a.m. on a recent morning in San Diego, two young men, ages 23 and 25, were walking across a quiet street when their lives were changed forever. A four-door sedan was recklessly speeding down the avenue going the wrong way. The car struck the two unsuspecting young men, and, according to the San Diego Police Department, the car never stopped.

The two young men were taken to nearby hospitals. One of them suffered lacerations to the forehead, and the other sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Authorities are looking for the driver who slammed into these two men and then fled the scene. There is no description of the vehicle or the driver. Read the rest »

La Jolla Man Suffers Paralyzing Attack in New Orleans

By Ross Jurewitz on November 21, 2015

Hit and Run AccidentOne La Jolla resident discovered recently that you don’t have to be in a car to be a victim of road rage. The 64-year old man, known for his love of music, dancing, and spending time in the Big Easy, was recently attacked in a New Orleans road rage incident. Read the rest »

Carlsbad Boulevard Gets More Pedestrian Safety Features

By Ross Jurewitz on August 11, 2015

Carlsbad Pedestrian Safety The city of Carlsbad is installing several safety features on Carlsbad Boulevard including four rectangular rapid flashing beacon lights along the road, which will be completed by the end of this month. According to a report in The Coast News, the signs on the boulevard will light up when a pedestrian pushes a button, bringing more attention to the crosswalk and alerting motorists to stop. Read the rest »

Pedestrian Injured in San Diego Crash

By Ross Jurewitz on July 23, 2015

Woman Struck By CarA woman was killed in a San Diego car accident when a Nissan Altima struck her as she crossed the street. According to an NBC San Diego news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred near Perez Cove Way and Ingraham Street in San Diego. The driver remained at the scene and officials do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. Read the rest »

Carlsbad Police Search for Driver Responsible for Fatal Crash

By Ross Jurewitz on June 10, 2015

Carlsbad Pedestrian AccidentIn December, a 51-year-old woman was killed in a Carlsbad car accident when an SUV drove onto the sidewalk and struck her as she was jogging. According to a Carlsbad Patch news report, the authorities are still trying to find the driver responsible for the fatal crash, which took place the morning of December 28, 2015 along northbound Carlsbad Boulevard. The 52-year-old driver who swerved onto the sidewalk and fatally struck her with his 1998 Ford Expedition was not immediately cited or arrested for the crash. Now the authorities are searching for help in locating the 5’11” Oceanside man. It is unclear what charges he will face.

There are a number of reasons why a vehicle may leave the roadway and strike a pedestrian or jogger on the sidewalk and most of them include driver negligence. Motorists who swerve onto the sidewalk are often fatigued, speeding, distracted, drunk or otherwise careless. In such cases, the driver may face a traffic citation or even an arrest for his or her actions. However, an arrest or citation will not automatically result in compensation for the victim or the victim’s family. Read the rest »

Pedestrian Injured in Escondido Intersection Accident

By Ross Jurewitz on May 7, 2015

San Diego Pedestrian AccidentA man was seriously injured in a Escondido pedestrian accident when a vehicle struck him as he walked in a marked crosswalk. According to a news report in the Times of San Diego, the pedestrian accident occurred at Quince Street and Washington Avenue in Escondido. Officials say the man was walking north in the crosswalk when an eastbound Ford Focus struck him. He sustained serious injuries and has been listed in critical condition. The driver was not injured and has not yet been cited for the crash.

In general, pedestrians in San Diego who are legally crossing the road in a crosswalk have the right of way. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21950: “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.” Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians can face citations for their negligence.

Furthermore, negligent drivers can be held accountable for the injuries they cause. If you have been hurt in a San Diego car accident, you can pursue financial support for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, the cost of rehabilitation, and other related damages. Therefore, you should keep detailed notes of the losses you have suffered and stay abreast of the ongoing investigation.

In order to receive fair compensation for your losses, you will have to prove that:

  • The at-fault driver was behaving negligently.
  • You suffered a physical, emotional, and/or financial loss.
  • The driver’s negligence contributed to your loss.

Make sure you have photos of the crash site, detailed notes regarding the cause of the crash, medical records documenting your injuries, and contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the crash. A skilled San Diego car accident attorney can review your case and help you determine if financial support is available for your losses.

Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.

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