A report has been issued by Circulate San Diego highlighted the dangers that pedestrians and bicyclists face in South County cities including Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Coronado and National City. The findings revealed that 2,387 car accidents affected people walking, jogging, or riding bikes during a ten year period. Of these pedestrian and bicyclist accidents, 83 resulted in fatalities.
The report, titled “Vision Zero in San Diego County: Eliminating Traffic Deaths in South County San Diego” broke down the statistics by region. In Chula Vista, there were more than 1,300 accidents, which resulted in the deaths of 50 pedestrians and bicyclists. Specifically, the most dangerous street in Chula Vista was Broadway, where 155 accidents occurred, while the intersections that injured or killed most pedestrians and bicyclists were on H Street at Fifth Avenue, and H Street at Broadway.
Clearly, pedestrians and bicyclists need to be on guard while walking or riding in Chula Vista. Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions you take, accidents-due to speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving-happen daily throughout San Diego. If you have been hit by a car, as a pedestrian, or while riding a bike, there are important steps that you should take to protect your health, well-being, and quality of life following an accident.
Injuries After Being Hit by a Car in Chula Vista include:
- Bone Fractures
- Brain and Spinal Cord injuries
- Bruised/Punctured Lungs
- Contusions, Abrasions
- Damage/Laceration to Organs
- Internal Bleeding
- Muscle Sprains and Strains
- Pelvic Injuries
- Torn Ligaments
What to Do If You’ve Been Struck by a Car in Chula Vista
- Call the police and/or ambulance for immediate medical treatment and to file a report
- To the extent that you are able, get out of the way of other traffic
- Accept an ambulance ride to the hospital to be tested for concussion and/or other head trauma
- If you are able, take photographs of the accident scene, or have a witness take them for you
- Exchange information with the driver, securing their insurance information
- Note the make, model, color and license plate of the car that hit you
- Obtain contact information from any witnesses
- Make notes, or recordings of relevant details such as time of day, weather, road conditions, traffic signs/signals
- Contact a Chula Vista car accident attorney
It is important to note that some injuries may not appear immediately following an accident, which is why it is important to seek medical treatment, even if it seems like you just have scrapes or bruises. Brain injuries such as an mTBI may not have immediate symptoms. Likewise, symptoms of soft tissue injuries including whiplash may not appear for several days to several weeks.
If you didn’t seek medical treatment immediately after being hit by a car as a pedestrian, it is not too late to do so. Make an appointment with your physician as soon as you are able to ensure that you haven’t suffered from an invisible injury.
When you are able, contact a Chula Vista car accident attorney to protect your rights, and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, in order to get the medical care you need, and to account for lost wages, and/or future earnings.
If you or someone you know has been hit by a car as a pedestrian or as a bicyclist in Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, or Coronado, contact Chula Vista Legal Center. We are award-winning San Diego accident and injury attorneys with a track-record of success in fighting for your rights as an injured victim.
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