Two high school students in San Diego were sent to nearby hospitals after a pedestrian crash threw one of the students on top of another, according to recent reports. The crash took place near Junipero Serra High School at Porto Court and Santo Road.
The Tierrasanta students were walking to school when one student who was in a crosswalk but walking against the red light was struck by a small car. The impact threw the first victim on top of another student. The victims were both transported to a local hospital where they were treated. There is no word on their conditions, but the injuries were described as “minor.” They were identified only as a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old. The driver was identified as the mother of a high school student.
At issue in any pedestrian accident are two factors: legality and negligence. It is quite possible for a driver to be negligent without strictly breaking the law. For example, in this case, the driver was not driving illegally while the student was breaking the law in crossing against the light. However, the driver may still be guilty of negligence if she could have avoided the accident by using due caution.
California requires that drivers use all reasonable precautions to avoid a collision with another vehicle or a person. That does not mean that the victim in question will always have the right-of-way or will always be correct in his or her actions. However, it does place a responsibility on the driver to use caution when around pedestrians.
If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, it is important for you to protect your rights. Insurance companies and others may try to blame your accident on you and deny you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. In order to stand up for yourself, it may help to have the assistance of a personal injury attorney like Dan Gilleon in San Diego who has handled many pedestrian accident cases in the past. Dan Gilleon knows how to fight insurance companies and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation and learn more about how you may be able to collect money for your pedestrian accident.