A recent pedestrian accident has raised questions of safety. Pedro Velez-Hernandez was walking in a bicycle lane when he was struck by a vehicle that veered into the bike lane.
As a result of the accident, neighbors and residents raised concerns that the lack of sidewalks and fast traffic led to this death. While many times, accidents may just “happen” other times several causes lead to a serious personal injury or wrongful death. If you have or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to contact a top Stockton accident lawyer to evaluate your rights and determine your next steps.
In some situations, “negligent roadway design” may be considered a factor in an accident, and in these cases, a municipality or other entity responsible for designing the particular thoroughfare may be found liable for accidents that occur. Negligent roadway design includes things such as poorly lit street, inadequate signage, and sometimes, the lack of sidewalks to accommodate foot traffic.
News reports note:
“Nationally, there are more than twice as many pedestrian fatalities in roadways and thoroughfares without sidewalks.”
Further, the California Vehicle Code prohibits pedestrians from using bicycle paths “where there is an adjacent adequate pedestrian facility,” in a code adjustment passed in 1977. But the code allows pedestrians to use roads and bicycle lanes when there’s no sidewalk – and, therefore, no other options.”
Here, the accident remains under investigation.
For more information or if you have been involved in a Stockton accident, contact the top Stockton accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.