A local soccer star was recently killed in a tragic pedestrian accident. Witnesses say the victim, who was a new signing with the San Diego Sockers, was attempting to cross Interstate 5 from the right shoulder lane to a median when he was fatally struck by a car.
The victim’s teammates are all said to have been visibly affected upon hearing the news of their friend’s death. They honored him with a ceremony at one of their games since the fatal car accident.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you are hit by a car, you should immediately call the police. If you are able, walk around the scene and take pictures your injuries, the scene of the accident, and any damage to the car.
If there are witnesses, ask them to give a statement to the police when they arrive. Witness testimony can be invaluable in personal injury cases.
Seek medical help as soon as possible, and make sure that the medical staff thoroughly documents the extent of your injuries.
Liability in Pedestrian Accidents
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the driver of that car is often found liable for the accident. Because most state laws require that drivers remain aware of their surroundings and watch out for hazards, which a pedestrian in the street certainly qualifies as, hitting a person is generally declared the driver’s fault for failing to meet those requirements.
If the pedestrian is walking in a crosswalk when they are hit, this increases the likelihood that the driver is liable for the accident.
Frederick M. Dudek is a cyclist who has dedicated his life to supporting other cyclist and pedestrians involved in car accidents.