San Diego’s “Vision Zero” Plan: Pedestrian Lives Matter

Q: Are drivers always liable for injuries in pedestrian accidents?

In San Diego, pedestrian accident fatalities (and serious injuries) have been rising for the past three years. In fact, pedestrian accident fatalities have been rising throughout California.

The “Vision Zero” program – with a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2025 “through enforcement, education, and street engineering “– is getting a black eye by San Diego’s so-called “Fatal 15” intersections. Many of these intersections– where the greatest numbers of pedestrian fatalities occur– don’t even have basic safety measures like painted crosswalks and pedestrian countdown signals with audible prompts.

Some of the “Fatal 15” neighborhoods include City Heights, “Pacific Beach, Hillcrest, downtown, Paradise Hills, Valencia Park, Egger Highlands, and Nestor”. But are the drivers, the pedestrians, or both to blame for this bad reputation?

Police report that pedestrians are often at fault when they are hit by cars.

At a recent City Heights “traffic safety enforcement and education operation” police distributed safety flyers to pedestrians and drivers. In addition, they issued “eight citations and 49 warnings” mostly to pedestrians for unsafe street crossings.

While the pedestrians have the right of way in California, they do have a duty to use to exercise reasonable care for their own safety. Oftentimes, they contribute to causing their injuries by not crossing in crosswalks or ignoring “walk” signals, running into or stepping into traffic while texting or otherwise distracted, and more.

If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident as a result of the negligent or reckless driving of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. If the driver is found liable, you may be able to collect compensation for current and future medical expenses related to the accident, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.

If you die as a result of your injuries, your closest family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death action to recover the medical and funeral expenses, loss of support, and other damages, depending on the relationship and the particular facts of your case.

The experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at J&Y Law Firm can help if you or a loved one has been injured or if a loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident. Call us today at 888-806-6722 for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout the state of California from our headquarters in Los Angeles and 21 offices throughout the state.