Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Berkeley
I’m Ed Smith, a Berkeley car accident lawyer. Pedestrians are the least protected of all individuals on the street and can sustain serious injury when involved in a collision with a moving vehicle. On April 21, 2017, a 69-year-old activist named Seon O’Neill died from traumatic injuries sustained when she was struck while using a crosswalk.
My heart and prayers go out to all family and friends that are affected by this tragic loss of life.
O’Neill was hit close to her home near North Berkeley in this fatal pedestrian accident. O’Neill was returning home and was less than four minutes away when a driver failed to stop as she was crossing the street. She was rushed to a hospital for treatment and later died as a result of her traumatic injuries. The driver does not seem to have been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
Seon O’Neill was a longtime member of the Berkeley community and an activist who had worked with Cezar Chavez. She was deeply involved at the church and social justice center run by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. O’Neill is described by loved ones as being a wonderful person who was very active in her community.
Both a non-fatal and fatal pedestrian accident can cause traumatic injuries to anyone involved. Both the pedestrian and the driver are to exercise a duty of care when on the road. This does not necessarily mean a pedestrian is at fault if he or she is hit outside of a marked crosswalk. If the pedestrian exercises necessary precautions and the offending driver acts in a reckless and illegal manner, the jury in the case may find the driver to be at fault. However, the driver has the right to assume that a pedestrian will be obedient to the laws of traffic and exercise their own duty of care and act accordingly.
Check out these articles related to fatal pedestrian accidents.
- Who is responsible when a driver hits a pedestrian?
- When a Car hits a Pedestrian Crossing the street outside a Crosswalk
- An accident involving a pedestrian happens at night, with no witnesses, how courts determine who was at fault?
- Who is at Fault when a Car Hits Someone who is Working on the Street?
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