Police are investigating a tragic Walnut Creek
pedestrian accident that claimed the lives of two Bay Area women. The accident occurred when
a speeding truck jumped off the roadway and careened into a group of people
walking on the sidewalk. The truck struck one woman and
killed her on impact. A second woman sustained serious personal injuries and
later died as a result.
The driver of the truck was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.
Unfortunately when pedestrian accidents occur, the potential for serious
personal injury and death is great. Individuals have little protection
from injury when a car,
motorcycle or even bicycle hits them. According to the National Highway Traffic Association
(NHTSA), nearly 100,000 pedestrians are seriously killed or injured each
year in pedestrian accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is
a good idea to consult a top
San Francisco personal injury attorney right away to protect your rights.
While California law requires that drivers yield to pedestrians in rights-of-way,
many accidents occur outside of crosswalks such as in this instance. Additionally
entering a roadway – even when you do have the right of way or are
in a cross walk - doesn't guarantee safety.
Distracted drivers may fail to notice walkers or joggers crossing the street.
Unfortunately, when cars hit pedestrians, the results are often serious,
if not fatal. As a result of the Walnut Creek incident, the driver has
been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. It is unknown whether
the families of the victims will file civil wrongful death/negligence
claims as well.
For more information about pedestrian's rights or if you or a loved
one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the top San Francisco
injury lawyers at the Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.