A man was seriously injured in a San Bernardino car accident after he was struck by two cars while crossing Highway 18 in Apple Valley. According to a news report in the San Bernardino Sun, a driver was going east on Highway 18 at Kiowa Road the night of February 28, 2010 when a pedestrian walked in front of his car. Officials said the impact tossed the man into the air. A San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy driving behind the first vehicle also hit the pedestrian. Both drivers stopped to help the injured pedestrian. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of major injuries. Anyone who witnessed this accident is asked to call San Bernardino Sheriff's officials at 760-240-7400.
I hope and pray that this pedestrian did not sustain catastrophic injuries in this accident. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep him in your prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There were two fatalities and seven injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Apple Valley in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In San Bernardino County as a whole, 39 fatalities and 432 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2008.
What Caused this Accident?
Based on this news report, it is not clear exactly why or how this individual stepped in front of the cars. It seems based on this article that the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk. However, if I were a member of this man's family, I'd want to find out exactly where he was on the roadway at the time of the collision. Pedestrians have a responsibility to cross the street legally and walk only in areas that are designated for pedestrians just as motorists are required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
If an investigation determines that the drivers were at-fault or partly at-fault for the accident, then they could be held liable as well. In the case of the on-duty officer, if he is determined to have been at-fault, his employer (the sheriff's department) could be held liable as well. If this accident was caused by a dangerous condition on the roadway, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held responsible for the accident and injuries caused. Any such claim against a California governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families about their legal rights and options in such cases.
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