Walking is the preferred form of transportation for many residents of Southern California cities. Traveling by foot is economical, healthy and a great way to stay in shape. However, walking near crowded roadways can be very dangerous. Anytime vehicles and pedestrians are in close proximity, accidents are bound to happen. Since pedestrians are totally exposed, motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians are more likely to be fatal.

A recent tragic accident near San Diego claimed the lives of four pedestrians. The accident happened on San Pasqual Valley Road during the evening hours. Reports said a man, a woman and two boys were walking northbound along the sidewalk when they were suddenly struck from behind by a vehicle traveling in the same direction.

Tragically, authorities said the man and one of the boys died at the scene of the accident while the woman and the other boy died a short time later at a local hospital. According to witnesses, the driver of the vehicle smelled of alcohol and may have been using a cellphone at the time of the crash. Police are still investigating the accident.

Unfortunately, these types of accidents are happening at an increased rate, especially in crowded cities. Families in California who suffer the loss of loved ones due to the negligence of others in motor vehicle accidents have the right to take legal action. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in a substantial monetary award to pay end-of-life expenses and help families endure the pain and suffering associated with a traumatic accident.