As San Diego and the rest of the United States has been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen traffic on the roadways cut nearly in half in most major cities. However, while most people expected traffic fatalities and injuries to decrease as well, this has not been the case in many places. A recent crash in Escondido that resulted in four pedestrian fatalities shows the need for everyone to remain vigilant on the roadways.
What happened in this incident?
On May 6, 2020, a man, woman, and two children from the same family were fatally struck by a car near an Escondido intersection. Police say that the incident happened when a 28-year-old woman driving a Mazda 3 north on San Pasqual Road struck the four victims near Oak Hill Drive. A 33-year-old man and 11-year-old boy were pronounced dead at the scene. A 50-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy were taken to the hospital where they later succumbed to their injuries.
Police officers are still investigating how fast the driver of the Mazda 3 was going at the time of the incident occurred and whether or not the pedestrians were in the roadway when they were struck. Police do not believe intoxication was a factor in the crash.
What is San Diego doing about these situations?
Unfortunately, incidents like this are still occurring all over the country despite there being significantly less traffic on the roadways. In many places around San Diego, the city government is closing streets to vehicle traffic to increase walking and cycling space to allow residents more safety and increased social distancing space during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reality is that drivers may be paying less attention to the roadway precisely because there is less traffic around them. Many drivers are being lulled into a false sense of security. This could be leading to an increase in distracted driving behaviors and speeding, which is particularly dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists who are outside getting exercise during the pandemic.
As California and the rest of the United States begin to open up their economy, we encourage all drivers to remain vigilant on the roadway and take extra precautions to maintain safety around other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. We do not need more tragedies like the pedestrian accident mentioned above.
Our team is ready to help
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by another driver’s negligence, contact an attorney today. You can count on Edward “Skip” Babbitt to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to. This can include covering all medical expenses related to the incident, lost income if you cannot work, as well as pain and suffering damages. Our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys are ready to help you through this. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-543-1789 for a free consultation of your case.