A tragic pedestrian accident occurred in Santa Rosa on October 20, 2012. According to published reports, the scene of the accident was the east side of Mission Boulevard near Randall Lane. This stretch of Mission Boulevard is heavily traveled by motorists as a thoroughfare between Montecito Boulevard and Highway 12.Early reports indicate that that the victim, who appeared to be a man in his twenties, was in the crosswalk when he was struck by the car. Fortunately, a Kaiser Permanente emergency room nurse was nearby when the accident occurred. He was able to provide some emergency care until paramedics arrived on the scene. The victim sustained critical injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family.
Following this shocking accident, concerned local residents expressed their frustrations regarding the dangerous intersection and crosswalk. An intersection can be unsafe for a variety of reasons including: improper phasing of traffic signals; poor design; lack of visual controls; or inadequate signage. A crosswalk is unsafe if it is not sufficiently marked to provide a safe crossing for pedestrians.
A state or city that is aware that an intersection or crosswalk is dangerous and fails to remedy the unsafe situation can be held liable for any accidents and injuries. If you or a loved one have experienced a pedestrian accident it is imperative to contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney immediately to preserve your rights. Time is of the essence as certain claims against public entities for a dangerous condition of public property must be filed within six months of the accident. Call our office today for a free consultation with one of our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys.
The experienced legal team at Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP is committed to standing up for the rights of pedestrians. We fight on behalf of our clients to hold public entities and reckless drivers accountable for their negligence.