In San Diego, throughout California and across the U.S., pedestrians are at higher risk of injuries and death in an auto accident than they have been in many years. A combination of factors has contributed to the danger pedestrians face including distracted driving, recklessness, negligence and driving under the influence. Because pedestrians are so vulnerable, they can suffer catastrophic damage and lose their lives in a pedestrian-auto accident. To receive compensation for all that was lost after being hit by a vehicle, legal help might be necessary.
A woman who was crossing the street was hit by an alleged drunk driver. The accident occurred at around 10:35 p.m. According to the investigation, the woman was not in a crosswalk, but she was crossing the street legally. A 2015 Honda Accord crashed into her as she crossed. When law enforcement arrived, they determined that the female driver of the Honda, 40, was under the influence and placed her under arrest. She faces felony charges. The injured woman had serious injuries including a fracture to her pelvis and internal damage. She is expected to survive.
Pedestrians are at the mercy of automobiles when they are crossing the street. Being hit by a car can cause broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, cuts and more. This can not only result in a long hospital stay with medical expenses, but it can keep a person from working and earning income or contributing to a family in other ways. If the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, this can be a critical factor in a successful legal filing.
Any motor vehicle accident can cause problems to those involved, but a pedestrian-car accident is frequently far worse than an accident between vehicles. After these types of car accidents, those who were impacted must think about the future and consider a lawsuit to be compensated. A law firm experienced in investigating these cases may be able to assist.