A man was fatally injured in a San Francisco car accident after he was struck by a vehicle while walking across the street in a marked crosswalk. According to a news report on Claycord.com, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the evening of February 15, 2010 at the intersection of Clayton Road and Barbis Way in Concord. The pedestrian was walking in a marked crosswalk at Barbis Way when a Buick sedan struck him. Officials are looking into the possibility of drugs or alcohol being a factor in this fatal collision.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of this victim who was tragically killed in this pedestrian accident. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this man. Please keep them in your prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 36 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Concord, California. In Contra Costa County as a whole, 13 people died and 241 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the pedestrian was legally walking across the street in a marked crosswalk. California law states that motorists should yield right-of-way to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks. California Vehicle Code Section 21950 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." The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk "shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian."
In this case, it is not clear what caused the driver to strike the pedestrian. Was he or she under the influence, distracted, speeding or otherwise driving recklessly? If the driver is determined to have been at fault, then he or she could be held liable for the accident and injuries.
According to this article, the roadway where this fatal pedestrian accident occurred has a history of serious injury and fatal accidents. If this accident was caused by a dangerous roadway, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any such claim against a governmental agency in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will be able to guide victims' families through these complex legal processes and help protect their legal rights and best interests.
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