An unidentified 51-year-old pedestrian who was said to be homeless was killed when he was struck by a pickup truck on Main Street in Ramona, according to police reports. The California Highway Patrol says that witnesses saw the man walk into the road with a companion when he was struck by a Ford Ranger headed north on State Route 67. Paramedics attempted CPR but were unable to save the victim. An investigation into the crash continues.
Southern California has a higher average than most places for pedestrian deaths. Experts believe that the warm weather and high traffic congestion contribute to this problem. A recent investigative report shows that not only does San Diego have an extremely high number of pedestrian crashes but that at least half of them occur in crosswalk areas.
According to the report, San Diego saw 7,509 pedestrian collisions between January 2001 and December 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, 40 percent of all pedestrian accidents occurred in a crosswalk marked with traffic signals, while 37 percent occurred mid-block and 21 percent at intersections without signals. Between 2011 and 2012, pedestrian fatalities more than doubled from 11 to 23.
Advocacy groups are calling for more signaled crosswalks and pedestrian safety features, but few changes appear to be scheduled for the coming year so far. Furthermore, even when changes to pedestrian safety are made at crosswalks, the high number of accidents in these locations may continue.
If you are the victim of a pedestrian collision, it is likely that you are facing very high medical bills in addition to possible lost wages and other expenses. When you try to collect these payments, moreover, you may find that you are fighting insurance companies and others who will try to prevent you from receiving the compensation you deserve.
Dan Gilleon is a personal injury attorney in San Diego who has handled cases like yours for many years. He has the experience and knowledge to help you navigate the complicated world of personal injury law and fight for your rights to receive compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and other expenses. Contact Dan Gilleon today for a free consultation and learn more about your rights and ways you may be able to collect money to pay for your injury expenses.