Man critically injured after hit by pickup in SW Fresno

Ann unidentified man is in critical condition at Community Regional Medical Center after being hit by a pickup Sunday night in southwest Fresno, according to  Fresno police spokesperson, Lt. Phil Cooley.

The man was walking north along the southbound lanes of Chestnut Avenue between Jensen and Annadale avenues when he was hit by the vehicle around 8:45 p.m., Lt. Phil Cooley said.

The driver of the pickup stopped and called police. Lt. Cooley also stated that it is unknown if the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision. No other information was immediately available.

Cause of the Fresno Crash 

This remains an ongoing investigation by the Fresno Police Department. While this devastating Fresno County accident remains under investigation, the family members of the accident victim who was seriously injured would be well-advised to speak with an understanding and knowledgeable personal injury  lawyer. An attorney such as Gary A. Kessler who has successfully handled personal injury accidents can advise the victim’s family of their legal rights to hold the driver accountable and best course of action should they wish to pursue a personal injury claim.

Right of Way

  • Pedestrians always have the right of way. So, no matter where you encounter a pedestrian on the road, they always have the right of way. This includes crosswalks, round-a-bouts, at intersections not marked with signals and at street corners. Crosswalks are sometimes defined by white lines or flashing lights. Crosswalks are outlined in yellow near schools.

California Pedestrian Law

“Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

(c) 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.

(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report

Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death.

In California, there were 598 pedestrians killed and 12,418 injured in 2009, according to the CHP traffic report.

National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.




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