A pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup truck while reportedly walking in a parking lot in Alpine the late afternoon of Thursday, November 9.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred in a lot on the 1200 Block of Tavern Road. The victim died before officers could transport the individual to a local hospital.
Pedestrian accidents common in parking lots
Although it’s often pedestrian accidents on roadways and at intersections that get the most attention from police and public safety advocates, these incidents are also quite common in parking lots. Pedestrians and vehicles share these confined spaces in great numbers, and visibility can be difficult, especially for vehicles attempting to back out of their spots.
As a general rule of thumb, drivers of vehicles in parking lots must take certain precautions. This includes driving at safe speeds, carefully scanning the parking lot for people or hazards (like shopping carts or other vehicles) and using their turn signals when moving into a parking space.
While parking lot collisions typically happen at low speeds, they can still result in serious injuries, especially when the contact is between a vehicle and someone on foot. Small children and the elderly are especially vulnerable, as they may not be as visible or as able to move out of the way of a car as more able-bodied adults.
If you’d like to learn more about how to proceed with a personal injury claim if you or a loved one have been injured in a crash, speak with an experienced San Diego auto accident lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.