In a shocking near-miss, two pedestrians and a dog narrowly avoided being run over by an elderly driver. The two pedestrians were not crossing a street at the time-instead, they were walking carefully on the sidewalk in San Rafael.
Security camera footage shows one of the pedestrians glancing over a shoulder just in time to see a car rapidly reversing towards them along the sidewalk. He pulled the other pedestrian with him around a corner as the car flew past-apparently out of control. Authorities have not conclusively said why the driver, a 93-year-old woman, was driving in reverse along the sidewalk.
These Californians were lucky. Pedestrian crashes cause serious brain and spinal cord injuries in thousands of incidents every year.
In cases involving dramatic mistakes like this, liability can be a tricky question. For example, if a driver suffers a medical incident without any history of similar problems, it can be hard for victims to show that he or she was negligent. An experienced civil litigation lawyer can help victims develop a strategy that deals with the unique facts of individual cases.
Source: Marin Independent Journal, "Disaster averted in downtown San Rafael when Guide Dogs trio escape car on sidewalk," Megan Hansen, June 11, 2013