Elderly Chino Pedestrian Injured in San Bernardino County Car Crash

67-year-old Luis Octavio Castillo was seriously injured in a Chino pedestrian accident that occurred on June 15, 2011, around 7:37 a.m. along the 3300 block of Riverside Drive. According to police officials, Castillo was walking through a construction area when he was struck by a 2007 Scion TC driven by 21-year-old Lissette Carolina Menijvar.

Due to a county construction project, the eastbound lanes of Riverside Drive had been temporarily diverted to the westbound lanes. Castillo was immediately airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. The investigating officers need to determine if the diversion of roads and construction area had proper signs to guide drivers along.

From the facts set forth in the news story, it appears that Menijvar may have been at fault for causing this serious pedestrian crash. 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….”

However, the construction company may be held liable for the damages as well after a further investigation. Castillo needs to consult with a San Bernardino County pedestrian accident lawyer to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospitalization costs, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes and prays that the injuries suffered by the pedestrian heal soon and do not prove life-threatening.

San Diego Construction Site Injury

Working at a construction site is one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. In a 2009 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3.3 million injuries were reported, and more than half were construction workers. Though construction workers are trained on basic safety precautions for handling dangerous equipment, accidents still happen. Whether the injured victim is partially or totally at fault, he is still entitled to workers compensation benefits.

Injuries that Occur on Construction Sites are Tragic and Deadly. A Trained Lawyer Can Make Sure You Get the Compensation You are Entitled To.

Thousands of California and San Diego construction workers are injured every year on construction sites, many of them fatal. Although every construction worker is trained in basic safety precautions for handling dangerous equipment, accidents still happen.

 

In a 2009 report by the Bureau of Labor, workers on construction sites incurred the most fatal injuries of any industry in the private sector in 2009. Statistics indicate that 1,000 of these employees are killed each year while on the job. Of these, over a third will result from construction site falls.   

Most Common Types of Accidents on Construction Site:

  • Falls
  • Crane accidents
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Being run over by operating equipment
  • Electrical accidents
  • Trench collapses
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Welding accidents

These accidents are tragic and deadly and can be completely avoided through effective safety measures. Regardless of whether the worker is partially or totally at fault, he is still entitled to benefits.   

How Much Money Will I Get?

The California Workers Compensation Act states that if you are an employee injured on the job, you are entitled to receiving benefits that cover your medical costs and lost wages. Though, there are limitations on these benefits. In most cases, workers’ compensation often does not provide enough money to cover the damages suffered by the worker.

However, the amount of compensation that the injured worker gets depends on if he is an independent contractor, which contractor is responsible for workers’ compensation insurance coverage, and whether there is a third party liability claim. If there is a third-party liability claim, the injured victim may be entitled to more compensation and can sue for both workers compensation and personal injury.   

Contact a Construction Site Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been injured on a construction site, the experienced San Diego construction site injury attorneys will make sure you get compensated for your medical costs and lost wages. We understand that injuries suffered at construction sites can be severe and life-altering and will get you the benefits you are entitled to.