Alameda Pedestrian Struck in Park Street Crosswalk Accident

crosswalks.jpgA sixty-three year old woman suffered life threatening injuries when she was struck by a car in a crosswalk in Alameda. The unidentified woman was walking across Park Street at 7:30 a.m. in the morning when she was hit by a blue Saturn. The driver of the Saturn told police she did not see the pedestrian before the collision. According to the president of the Park Street business association in Alameda, there have been several near-misses at that cross walk and that is why flashing foot lights were installed on the roadway.

California Vehicle Code section 21950 states that drivers must yield the right of way to any pedestrian lawfully in a crosswalk. That section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty to use proper care in crossing the street. Therefore, the pedestrian cannot suddenly dart out from the curb or unnecessarily stop or impede traffic.

As an Alameda personal injury lawyer, I know many questions will be investigated in this pedestrian accident. The investigation will center on several matters including the visibility of the pedestrian and the reasonableness of the conduct of both the driver and the pedestrian. Whenever pedestrians are seriously injured in crosswalk accidents, insurance companies immediately hire experts to determine the speed of the vehicle at time of impact and to conduct time and distance studies. The investigation is done quickly before evidence disappears. Accordingly, victims of these type pedestrian accidents are wise to quickly find a attorney specializing in personal injury to do a thorough and prompt investigation of the accident to protect their legal rights and to preserve all necessary evidence. If this is not done, the victim of the crosswalk accident can be victimized again by the driver’s insurance company.

Resources:

Oakland Tribune, 63-year-old woman severely injured in Alameda traffic accident, September 24, 2010

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