Our streets should be safe for pedestrians. Unfortunately, we regularly have to contend with pedestrian crashes in this area. Careless and negligent drivers are a constant cause of concern. Edward “Skip” Babbitt knows that pedestrian crashes can bring tremendous expenses to victims and their families and is ready to help those injured. Today, our Chula Vista pedestrian accident attorneys want to discuss a recent crash that has some calling for safety improvements.
What happened in this tragic crash?
We have learned that a man who was crossing the 600 blocks of Telegraph Canyon on Aug. 26 was struck by a vehicle. A camera pointed towards the roadshows the man hurrying across the street. As he crosses the medial into westbound traffic, the video shows his being struck by a sedan. The victim was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say that he “illegally crossed” the Chula Vista road, as there were no crosswalks. However, a man who works on that road calls it “Telegram Speedway.” He says he tenses up any time he tries to merge into traffic on Telegram Canyon.
“We’ve seen more accidents and more accidents all the time,” he said. “And I hope the authorities do something to slow them down.” He says that more speed signage could help slow drivers.
Pedestrian crashes lead to serious injuries
While this case was not technically the driver’s fault, all too often we find that pedestrian crashes are caused by negligent or careless drivers. In many cases, these incidents are caused by drivers who:
- Are operating too fast for conditions
- Are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Are distracted by their phones or other devices
- Fail to yield the right-of-way
According to the state’s Office of Traffic Safety, we see that the pedestrian accident problem is statewide. During the latest reporting year in California, there was 811 total pedestrian fatalities and more than 15,000 pedestrian injuries.
It is not uncommon for our Chula Vista pedestrian accident attorneys to see cases where a pedestrian suffers life-changing injuries as a result of these crashes. This can leave victims with tremendous medical bills and lost income if they cannot work.
We are ready to get to work on your case
Have you or someone you love been seriously injured in a pedestrian crash? Was the crash caused by the negligent actions of another driver?
If you answered yes to those questions, please seek legal assistance now. You can count on Edward “Skip” Babbitt to be by your side as you recover. He will thoroughly investigate what happened in your case in order to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- General household expenses
- Possible physical therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent party