A woman was killed in Vista when she was struck by a pickup truck, according to recent reports. The victim was crossing West Bobier Drive west of North Santa Fe, according to witnesses, when she was struck by the truck, which was pulling a trailer. It is unclear what caused the crash or whether the driver will be charged.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, San Diego saw a total of 193 traffic fatalities in 2013 and 12,871 injuries. Of the 193 fatalities, 54 of them, or about 28 percent, were pedestrians. Of the 12,871 injuries, 1,028 of them, or about eight percent, were pedestrians.
The highest number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries were within San Diego’s city limits. However, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Oceanside and Vista all had relatively high numbers of pedestrian deaths or injuries as well. Generally, areas in which there is a lot of traffic were most likely to see pedestrian accidents.
Statewide, the rate of pedestrian accidents was strongly tied to age. Children under the age of five accounted for only three percent of pedestrian fatalities; children between five and 14 accounted for 12 percent; and young people 15 to 24 years of age were the largest group of victims, accounting for 23 percent of all pedestrian fatalities. In addition, those between 25 and 34 accounted for 14 percent of pedestrian fatalities, while those 35 to 44 accounted for only ten percent. Those aged 45 to 54 accounted for a total of 14 percent of pedestrian deaths; those between the ages of 55 and 64 made up 12 percent; and those over 65 accounted for 12 percent of pedestrian fatalities.
San Diego has recently been named one of the most dangerous cities in the state for pedestrians. A combination of several factors has led to the city being placed on this list, including heavy traffic congestion and a high number of unlicensed drivers.
If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, it is very important for you to speak to a personal injury attorney like Dan Gilleon of San Diego. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the driver who caused them, including payment of your medical bills, compensation for your pain and suffering and reimbursement of your lost wages and other expenses. However, in order to recover this compensation, it may be necessary for you to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Do not trust insurance companies to do the right thing if you are the victim of a pedestrian crash. Many insurers will try to blame the victim or will refuse outright to pay your compensation. Call Dan Gilleon for help before you settle your case.