The CDC reported in 2015 that almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for crash-related injuries. Pedestrians are 1.5 more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
Injured In A Pedestrian Accident?
Driver negligence is closely associated with pedestrian accidents and have many times caused severe injury or death. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed by a vehicle while walking, hire a personal injury attorney to protect your rights and recover damage compensation.
Pedestrian Law In California
The law in the state of California states that pedestrians have the right of way. A car must yield to the pedestrian and applies where there is a crosswalk and where there is no crosswalk. California takes a very tough stance on pedestrian safety and imposes heavy fines and penalties on the offending driver.
In some cases it may be found that there is some negligence on the part of the pedestrian which contributed to the accident. Walking and texting, jaywalking, and other factors will be taken into account in a car-pedestrian accident lawsuit settlement case.
Common cases of pedestrian accdients include:
- Hit and run
- Car vs pedestrian
- Bicycle vs pedestrian
What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident
Here the steps that can help in a pedestrian accident case:
- Go to the nearest emergency room to have the situation assessed and treated
- Take pictures of the site of the accident – vehicle, roads, and intersections from all angles, physical evidence left behind
- Take pictures of sustained injuries
- Make notes about the circumstances leading up to the accident
- File a police report
- Only discuss the accident with the police and your personal injury attorney
If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, there are 4 main areas in which you may recover for damages: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of normal life. If you have been hit by a car or other vehicle it is imperative that you seek the help of a personal injury attorney.
Injured in a pedestrian accident?
Contact Jeffrey Dawson for a free consultation to help you determine if have a pedestrian accident lawsuit for which you may be able to recover compensation.