Pedestrian accidents in California can have life-changing consequences for victims and drivers. Because pedestrians lack the protection of a person driving in a car, an accident between the two can have a detrimental outcome.
Even in a best-case scenario where victims survive after a vehicle strike, they may face a lifetime of physical challenges that impact their independence.
A recent pedestrian accident in San Jose, California left one man dead and increased concerns about the number of deaths on Monterey Highway this year. The accident occurred in the evening when a northbound Honda Civic collided with the man while he was crossing the roadway.
Initial investigations revealed that the man crossed the road between two crosswalks. First responders took the man to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Authorities refrained from releasing more details about the man’s identity pending notification of his family members. The Honda driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Monterey Highway has accounted for nearly 20 percent of San Jose’s roadway deaths in the year 2021.
Depending on the situation and how severe a victim’s injuries appear, family members may consider taking legal action after an accident. If awarded, monetary compensation may alleviate some of the stress and emotional turmoil that victims and their families may face in the future.
Pedestrians can better protect themselves from injury when they stay alert and aware of their surroundings. If planning to walk near traffic, people should stay sober, wear bright clothing and avoid behaviors that may distract them or impair their ability to move quickly if a car comes in their direction.
Source: The Mercury News, “San Jose: Driver hits and kills pedestrian on Monterey Highway,” Jason Green and Robert Salonga, Jul. 29, 2021