A hit-and-run driver struck and seriously injured a pedestrian at a Bankers Hill intersection. The crash was reported shortly before 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of Grape Street and Third Avenue, according to Officer Billy Hernandez of the San Diego Police Department. The pedestrian was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries, and it was not immediately known if the victim was male, or female. The driver fled in a vehicle described as a dark-colored sedan, but no suspect description was immediately available. San Diego police continue looking for the hit-and-run driver.
Hit-and-run is a criminal offense in California resulting in misdemeanor and felony charges, depending on the damages to person, or property. This type of behavior will have a strong impact on fault regarding insurance resolution and litigation in court.
United States pedestrian fatalities are at their highest level since 1988. Recent data shows that 6,590 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2019, a 5% increase from 2018 and the continuation of a trend starting in 2009. Smartphones and increased levels of technological distraction, an all too familiar distraction of everyday life, were recognized culprits both behind the wheel and on U.S. walkways.
- Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks when possible, or walk facing traffic.
- Keep alert at all times, avoid distractions of electronic devices.
- Cross streets at crosswalks, traffic lights, or intersections. Watch for turning cars.
- Locate a well-lit area with good views of traffic when there are no sidewalks.
- Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you..
- Wear bright clothing during the day, and reflective materials, or use a flashlight at night.
- Watch for cars around driveways and parking lots.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking as they impair motor skills.
Fault, time to file and compensation.
California is a “fault” state with regard to accidents, meaning that a victim can bring a claim against the responsible party before filing a claim against their own no-fault insurance, and there is a two year time period to file a suit after an accident. Damages related to injury after car accidents are usually paid out by insurance companies who gave liability coverage to the entity, or person who was negligent. A lawyer can help with damage assessments that include medical bills, future care, wage loss, pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
Seek legal counsel.
If you, or someone you love is hit by a car, seek legal counsel immediately by contacting the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates. They can be instrumental in the financial recovery necessary to address personal injury and damages.
Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, a Professional Law Corporation
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San Diego, CA 92101