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.