Earlier in the month, a pedestrian was killed while walking on a South Bay freeway. His name was Shawn Gilbert Priddy and he was 57-years-old. The driver who hit Priddy did not stop and help. He just kept going. The crash was not reported until the driver, a 32-year-old man, dropped off the vehicle he borrowed to its owner. That did not happen until the next day.
We bring you this story because it highlights the extreme dangers that pedestrians face each day. In this instance, not only did a man get struck, but the driver fled the scene.
Could Priddy have been saved if the person who hit him stopped and helped, or even simply called 911?
We do not know. What we do know is that it was too late the next day. Police arrested the man who struck Priddy and charged him with felony hit-and-run.
Not all pedestrian crashes result in a fatality. Many cause severe injuries. If you need a San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer, call Edward “Skip” Babbitt today.
First, we want to talk about the number of pedestrian accidents that actually happen in the state. According to the DOT, during the latest reporting year in California, there were more than 14,000 pedestrian accident injuries. They say that 867 pedestrians were killed in traffic incidents. We know that there are more pedestrian accidents in and around cities like San Diego.
All too often, we see these accidents occur in pedestrian right-of-ways at intersections and crosswalks. The pedestrian is usually caught off guard in these cases.
Many times, these accidents are the result of:
- Drunk drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Speeding and aggressive drivers
We know that pedestrians are the most vulnerable group of people in and around the roadway and that almost every accident results in an injury or death.
What You Can Do
There are some basic steps you need to take if you or a loved one are injured in a pedestrian accident:
- Always seek medical attention regardless of how minor the injuries seem.
- Document everything. Just about everyone has a phone that can take pictures.
- Get statements from witnesses.
- Make sure the police arrive and get copies of all of their reports.
- Keep all medical documentation.
- Contact a qualified and experienced attorney.
Insurance companies will begin to push for a settlement pretty quickly after an accident, but remember that they do not want to make a payout and their first offer will likely not cover all of your expenses.
Moving On From Here
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence, seek legal assistance today. Edward “Skip” Babbitt knows that you need compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include help with medical bills, lost wages if you cannot work, as well as pain and suffering damages.