A 51-year old man walking with a bicycle in San Bernardino the other night was hit by a vehicle.
The pedestrian sustained major head and leg injuries, while the driver sustained minor injuries. The pedestrian was taken to a nearby hospital where he died the next day.
California law states that when a person gets off his or her bike and walks it, they have the same rights as pedestrians. They have not yet determined if the man was walking in a crosswalk at the time he was hit. However, if he was, California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states, "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." It continues with, "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 a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian."
Police are investigating to determine what caused this fatal accident. If you or a family member is the victim of an accident while crossing the street, I suggest you should contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who will advise you or your legal rights and determine if you are entitled to compensation for injuries and medical expenses.