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SAN DIEGO: 78-Year-Old Woman Injured In Clairemont Car Accident At Gas Station On Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near Doliva Drive


Sep 14, 2019

San Diego Gas Station Accident: 78-Year-Old Woman Injured In Clairemont Car Accident At Gas Station On Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near Doliva Drive

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (September 14, 2019) – A 78-year-old woman was seriously injured in a car accident at a gas station located on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near Doliva Drive.

Clairemont police are saying that the accident took place around 2:00 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation the driver of a 2014 Toyota Rav4 hit the victim as she was pulling out of the gas station. 

The driver of the Rav4 told police she did not see the pedestrian as she was leaving the gas station. Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to transport the victim to the hospital. 

An investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Car Accidents

According to the Centers For Disease Control, “Additionally, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.” Elderly pedestrians and young children are much more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents. “Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 20% of all pedestrian deaths in 20161 and an estimated 15% of all pedestrians injured in 2015,” according to one report.

Drivers in California have a legal obligation to keep an eye out for pedestrians. According to the California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.” Pedestrian accidents tend to occur when drivers are:

  • Distracted 
  • Intoxicated
  • Speeding
  • Fatigued

If a driver fails to see a pedestrian before an accident that tends to be fairly strong evidence that they were not paying attention to what’s ahead of them. Most gas stations will have security cameras covering their premises. It’s important that footage is preserved in order to determine fault. Depending on a driver’s actions before an accident they could face civil liability for hitting a pedestrian. 

Any person that is injured in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After A Pedestrian Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the woman injured in this Clairemont gas station. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the San Diego Police Department. Drivers need to be aware of how dangerous parking lots can be for pedestrians and slow down accordingly. 

If or someone that you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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