A woman suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a tourist bus in Mission Hills Friday, September 23.
According to police, a 46-year-old man driving a 20-passenger tourist bus was making a turn onto westbound W. Washington Street from India Street. There was a 66-year-old woman walking across W. Washington at the same time, crossing the street legally in a marked crosswalk. Apparently, the driver did not see the woman and hit her with the front right section of the bus, knocking her over. She suffered severe head trauma when she fell and had to be transported to a local hospital immediately. Unfortunately, she did not survive her injuries.
The rights of pedestrians
Pedestrians walking across the street in crosswalks legally have the right of way at all times, and drivers are expected to yield for them. This is true even at crosswalks that are not marked, or where there are no lights or signs to control the crossing. Any driver who fails to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and strikes the person would likely be considered liable, regardless of whether or not the driver noticed the pedestrian crossing at the time.
In this particular case, because the driver was an employee of a tourist company, that company could also potentially be a defendant in any civil action stemming from the crash. A surviving family member filing a wrongful death lawsuit, for example, could name both the company and the driver as defendants.
If you would like to learn more about filing a potential personal injury or wrongful death claim, speak with an experienced San Diego attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.