Avoiding Car Accidents
- November 17, 2014
- Auto Accident
San Diego has seen several accidents over the past month. Accidents are nothing new to San Diego roadways. In fact, data collected by the San Diego County medical examiner shows 270 motor vehicle related fatalities in 2012 (most recent data available). Recaps of some of the headlines from the past month show accidents ranging in severity from minor to deadly:
- Four lanes of I-805 were closed in San Diego last week due to a two-car accident which resulted in one fatality. It is not clear what caused the accident, but the back of one vehicle was left caved in while the front end of another was mangled.
- According to CBS 8 News, a pedestrian died on the 3600 block of Camino de Rio West when a Republic Services waste-collection vehicle hit him and threw him over 40 feet. The pedestrian was then struck by two other vehicles, a Jeep Cherokee and a Honda Civic, as he lay in the roadway. Fog is said to have contributed to this tragedy.
- In a separate pedestrian involved fatality, UT San Diego reported that a pick-up truck is said to have rounded a corner on Route 67 when the 28 year-old pedestrian ran into the path of the vehicle. Though the driver tried to stop, he was unable to. Paramedics found the victim dead along the side of the road.
- Police in El Cajon are looking for a dark colored SUV with severe front-end damage after a pedestrian was hit by a sedan, rolled off the trunk of that sedan and then was hit again by the SUV. The driver of the sedan stopped, but the SUV driver left the scene. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries.
- Three commuters were transported to the hospital with minor injuries after an eight vehicle collision on State Route 163. The first four vehicles are reported to have been sitting at the traffic light when a fifth vehicle – and then three subsequent vehicles – failed to stop according to reports from the California Highway Patrol.
- DUI is suspected as the cause of a three-vehicle accident in Escondido. The driver of a black truck slammed into a silver sedan causing the sedan to roll over and strike another sedan. The truck driver attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by police. The victims suffered only minor injuries.
- Two high school students in Tierrasanta suffered minor injuries when one student was hit by a vehicle and then landed on the second student. The first student is said to have been in the crosswalk, crossing against the red light. Both students, ages 15 and 17, are expected to fully recover.
At least three of these accidents involved pedestrians. According to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s report 68 of the 270 accidents occurring in 2012 were pedestrian-involved. How can these accidents be avoided? What can the driving and walking public do to lessen the chances of hitting a pedestrian, being hit by an oncoming vehicle, or avoiding an accident altogether?
Steps to Avoid Pedestrian-Related Accidents
- Look both ways to verify cars are not coming towards you
- Cross at an intersection or crosswalk
- If walking at night, where reflective clothing
- Walk on the sidewalk if one is available
- If forced to walk on the shoulder, walk facing traffic
- Avoid distracted walking
- Wait until you are in a safe place prior to using your cellular phone or other hand-held device
- Be alert, especially in residential areas and school zones
- Give pedestrians the right of way
- Do not use your cellular phone or other device while driving
- Use caution when backing out of driveways and parking spaces
Five Steps to Avoid Accidents in General
- Avoid speeding
- Stay in your lane
- Drive with both hands on the wheel
- Avoid tailgating
- Use your directional signals
Driving requires diligence and awareness. Anything that distracts you from the road is a potential danger. Each time you get behind the wheel, reaffirm your resolve to focus on commute and use some of the steps outlined in this post to help avoid accidents. The attorneys at Steinger, Iscoe, & Greene are compassionate advocates for accident victims. Wherever possible our firm shares information to improve the safety of those in our community. Even with precautions, crashes can still happen. We hope that your travels continue to be safe and remind you that if you or a loved-one is injured in an accident, our firm is here to work on your behalf.
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