On Wednesday, March 23, 2017, a man was killed when he was struck by the westbound MTS Trolley in San Ysidro. The accident occurred at roughly 6:20am on the UC San Diego Blue Line, at Beyer Boulevard and Dairy Mart Road. San Diego Police could be seen investigating the scene, and the aftermath of the collision.
The victim was not immediately identified, and police informed Channel 10 News’ Mimi Elkalla, that the victim was a male, and did not have any form of identification on him.
The cause of the incident is under investigation, and police did not elaborate further on their suspicions of what unfolded this morning.
Two tracks were open following the incident and trolleys were still moving in the area. The Metropolitan Transit System informed commuters of 15- to 20-minute delays on the UC San Diego Blue Line, due to the police activity.
When an individual’s death is caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another, the surviving family members, or other eligible parties, can bring a wrongful death suit and attempt to recover damages caused by the negligent act. Compensation to the plaintiff could include costs associated with the death, such as medical bills or funeral costs, and can also include compensation for labor / services / support that the decedent will no longer be able to perform and provide.
The most important part of a wrongful death case is establishing negligence. After negligence is established, an experienced San Diego accident attorney would begin to establish, and prove, the amount of damages.
With regards to the above situation, there is currently not enough information available to make even a wild guess pertaining the negligence involved. If a case were to be made, the individual’s surviving family would have to work to establish that either MTS’, the conductor’s, or someone else’s negligence caused the death.
Wrongful death cases can be incredibly complex and determining the right amount of damages to seek will often make or break a case. It may seem obvious that the death of your loved one was the result of someone else’s wrongful act or negligence, but what you may not understand is that your case will depend on far more than simply proving negligence. Call our San Diego accident attorney for a free consultation today.
The dangers pedestrians face every day out on the road were grimly highlighted the morning of January 12, 2017, when a young man was struck by a vehicle in the San Diego area. The incident occurred at about 7:00AM this morning while the teenage student was walking in the neighborhood of Tierrasanta, likely on his way to school. The accident occurred at the intersection of Santo Road and Porto Court, with the impact taking place at the 5100 block of Santo Road. Witnesses at the scene say the individual was jaywalking across the road when a passenger vehicle with a green light struck the pedestrian as the vehicle entered the intersection.
The victim, who is thought to be a student at the nearby Junipero Serra High School, was thrown into the air and landed in the middle of the intersection. Good Samaritans on the scene quickly acted to ensure traffic came to a standstill at the intersection while one passerby, Kenneth Higgins, exited his vehicle to assist the victim. Higgins saw the accident unfold and said the only thing on his mind was to get the boy to safety.
Officers arrived at the scene shortly after and blocked off the intersection as the victim was rushed to the hospital by paramedics. Police reported that the student sustained injuries to the head and arm, and that he was in a state of shock prior to be taken to the hospital.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian stayed at the scene and police reported that she was truly shaken by the accident and was crying while speaking with officers. A single shoe could be scene in the middle of the intersection, which was likely knocked off the boy during the impact.
No one else was hurt during the crash and a police officer on the scene, Officer Johnson, made sure the accident proved as an important reminder to always follow the rules of the road, especially when you are unprotected, as a bicyclist or pedestrian.
“It’s simply a matter of cross at the crosswalk; cross at light-controlled intersections. If everybody follows those rules — everybody stops at the red light, everybody stops at the red hand sign like they’re supposed to, everybody wins,” the officer added.
There is no substitution for following the rules of the road and doing everything you can to stay safe. We also understand that life can be crazy, and things don’t always go according to plan. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorist, you need a car accident lawyer in San Diego and we want to help you. The Weinberger Law Firm and its team of highly experienced car accident lawyers are experts in personal injury and wrongful death law, and fight to protect the injured and ensure they are justly compensated. Call us for a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in San Diego today!
Christopher Henry, age 27, who drunkenly and negligently caused a head-on collision that killed a motorcyclist in 2015 was sentenced yesterday, Thursday, November 3 2016 (news source).
On August 1, 2015, Henry was arrested and convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The crash occurred when Henry, aged 25 at the time, allowed his Ford Mustang to drift out of the westbound lane of West Lilac into the eastbound lane near Via Gianelli. He crashed head-on into a Victory motorcycle killing the 60 year old rider, Richard Michael Rodriguez.
He admitted to having one beer but evidence proves he had actually been drinking at three different places resulting with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent. Worse, Henry had a 2008 misdemeanor DUI conviction. The repeat DUI offender is sentenced for 10 years in prison.
Help is available, so contact an accident lawyer in San Diego immediately. If the drunk driving crash resulted in a fatality, the family of the deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for the damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and benefits, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Every year, during Halloween weekend, witches, goblins, ghosts and the like come out to play. It’s a fun filled weekend for both children and adults and, like all other holidays, we want everyone to stay safe, especially this stormy filled weekend. Light rain is expected to trickle into San Diego Friday afternoon but should be fairly dry and warm most of the day Saturday. Sunday however is expected to be stormy so it’s best to avoid driving as much as possible. (more…)