At around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4th, the 65-year-old driver of a Chrysler PT Cruiser unintentionally applied the accelerator while her car was in reverse, causing her to lose control of the vehicle and pin a 67-year-old woman against another car in a Clairemont Mesa parking lot. The pedestrian was critically injured and taken to a nearby hospital, explains a California pedestrian accident attorney.
San Diego County accounted for 63 of the 646 fatal and 998 of the 12,774 injury traffic collisions involving pedestrians that occurred throughout the state in 2008, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions. The majority of the accidents occurred at night (70%), in urban areas (72%), in normal weather conditions (89%), and at non-intersection locations (76%), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Unfortunately, children and adults aged 65 years or older suffer the greatest risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. Although drivers are required to give people walking the right-of-way, they often fail to do so, especially at intersections, where they tend to look for other cars when attempting to turn instead of pedestrians and bicyclists; if a driver’s negligence results in an injury-accident, that person may be held liable for any medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering the victim incurs.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the woman critically injured in the Clairemont Mesa parking lot a full recovery.
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