Being a pedestrian is the chosen way to travel for many individuals. If they are going a short way or simply want the exercise, they may choose to go on foot. Of course, if they are walking near roadways, they face the risk of being involved in a serious car accident if a driver does not pay attention, acts recklessly or is otherwise negligent.
Unfortunately, a serious accident involving at least nine pedestrians recently took place in San Diego. According to reports, a 71-year-old man was driving under a bridge when his vehicle hit the pedestrians. Multiple people called emergency services, and responders described the scene as tragic and chaotic. At least three people suffered fatal injuries at the scene, and five others were transported to area hospitals due to their injuries. Two of those injured were considered to be in critical condition.
The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and is currently facing the following charges:
- Felony DUI
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Causing great bodily injury while committing a felony
This type of car accident can take a toll on everyone involved and the families of the victims. It is not something that is easily forgotten or gotten over. The families of the deceased victims as well as the surviving victims who suffered serious injuries in this San Diego incident may want to look into their legal options for holding the driver accountable for his actions. Wrongful death and personal injury claims may be suited to the situation depending on the exact details and each person’s specific claims.