A man who was crossing a street in Chula Vista was killed after being struck by two cars the evening of Friday, February 9.
According to the Chula Vista Police Department, the elderly man was crossing H Street at Buena Vista Way, but did not have the right of way. The accident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. The victim fell into the street after the first vehicle hit him, and then a second vehicle struck him.
Drugs or alcohol did not seem to be a factor. Both drivers remained at the scene of the accident and fully cooperated with the police investigation. The man was reportedly in his 90s.
Liability in pedestrian accidents
For the most part, drivers must yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street. Pedestrians always have the right of way when crossing at crosswalks and/or when a traffic signal displays the “walk” sign. Accidents commonly occur when pedestrians are in a crosswalk and a motorist is attempting to turn right on a red light.
There are also some situations in which drivers are also expected to yield to pedestrians who do not have the right away, so long as they could have reasonably noticed and avoided the pedestrian. Even if the person on foot is crossing illegally, drivers must do everything in their power to avoid an accident.
Whenever a pedestrian accident occurs, the driver must remain at the scene and cooperate with police and responders when they arrive.
For more information on your next steps after a serious pedestrian accident, meet with a skilled San Diego personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.