Riverside Car Accident Lawyer Discusses Motorized Wheelchair Pedestrian Accident in Hemet
HEMET, California (August 13, 2013) — Freddie Williams Jr., 75, of San Jacinto was killed and another pedestrian injured early Monday morning when the driver of an SUV struck the pair as they attempted to cross Florida Avenue, according to a report by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner Department.
Just before 12 a.m. on Sunday night, Williams was riding his motorized wheelchair across Florida Avenue just east of San Jacinto Avenue. A driver reportedly did not see the two pedestrians and crashed into them in the roadway. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene of the pedestrian accident about 12:08 a.m. The other pedestrian was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
The Hemet Police Department is investigating the fatal pedestrian accident to determine liability for the San Jacinto man’s death.
“Drivers must be alert for all pedestrians crossing the roadway,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Police need to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding this fatal crash to determine whether the driver was negligent.”
Police will take measurements, photographs and witness statements in their efforts to piece together what happened.
Indeed, under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) a driver must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, said Attorney West Seegmiller, a California and Las Vegas wrongful death attorney. Also, drivers are required to slow down when a pedestrian is in the roadway and be alert for any crossings.
“There are exceptions in the law, however, such as pedestrians are required to watch out for their own safety,” Seemiller said. “This means they cannot suddenly leave a curb and walk or run into the path of a vehicle. Also, pedestrians should not unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”
Additionally, drivers must be especially aware of those pedestrians who use motorized scooters and wheelchairs as they may have a mechanical failure or need assistance while crossing the roadway. It also takes them longer to make it across the street than an able-bodied person on foot and drivers must slow down and let them cross.
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