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Pedestrians Are the Most Vulnerable Victims on the Road
Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists are all supposed to share the roads courteously and responsibly. None of us own them. At the same time, each one of us needs to be responsible for the type of transportation we operate. If you drive a large truck, understand that your visibility will be limited because of the height of your vehicle. It may not be as easy for you to spot a person walking on the street. If you ride a motorcycle, you’ll be less visible to other drivers. Therefore, follow the speed limit and avoid swerving in and out of traffic.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic collision every two hours. Pedestrian injuries happen every eight minutes. Who is responsible for pedestrian accidents?
- Distracted drivers
- Negligent Drivers
- Drivers who fail to yield the right of way
As pedestrians, we also have to be careful when we use the roads and sidewalks. But pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all, even more so than motorcyclists and bicyclists. We don’t have helmets, airbags, or other barriers to protect us from the impact of another vehicle. We have nothing more than the clothing on our bodies.
It is very rare that a pedestrian will ever be the sole cause of his or her own accident. We can only walk or run so fast, and it doesn’t even compare to the speed at which a motorized vehicle can travel. The consequences of a pedestrian accident can be severe and even deadly.
A Pasadena Pedestrian Accident Attorney you can Count On
Our law offices have taken on many pedestrian-related cases over the years and have sought generous compensation for our clients. These types of personal injury cases can be very complex and can take time to resolve. For this reason, it’s important to you consult with an attorney right away.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you need an experienced, knowledgable, and aggressive Pasadena pedestrian accident attorney on your side. Make sure that those who are responsible for your accident are held accountable. Let us focus on your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries. We are here to make sure that you receive the compensation that you rightfully deserve for your bills, lost income benefits, pain, and suffering.
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What Are Some of the Most Frequent Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
The primary cause of pedestrian-related injuries is negligent driving. Although it does happen, it is rare that pedestrians end up being responsible for their accidents.
Listed below are some of the most common causes of pedestrian-related accidents.
Driving intoxicated is a serious offense and a significant reason for people getting killed and injured on the roads.
Apart from the fact that some people drive drunk and hit pedestrians, others are in the right state of mind but still engage in distracting behaviors like texting.
Illegally Parked Cars
Yes, even parked cars can be blamed for pedestrian accidents. Illegally parked vehicles can make it impossible for pedestrians and especially for cyclists.
Crosswalks were designed for pedestrians and cyclists. When you use one, you are trusting that other drivers use them as intended. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and for this reason, crosswalk related injuries and deaths account for a large percentage of locations where pedestrian accidents occur.
Crosswalk Accidents Include:
Running Red Lights
Running a red light is a simple case of inattention, carelessness, disregard for the laws of the road, or all of the above. If you’re at a crosswalk, you are trusting that other drivers are coming to a stop at a red light. It’s no surprise that this is where a majority of walkers get struck by other vehicles.
Right Turns Through Crosswalks
How many times have you seen distracted drivers or those who are in a hurry dash through a crosswalk as they make a right turn? It happens too frequently. This also happens during left turns.
Crosswalks Without Traffic Signals
For crosswalks without a traffic signal, state law mandates motorists to yield to people in the crosswalk. This law implies that drivers are mandated to slow down or stop, when necessary, to let the crosswalk to clear. Any driver that violates this law is subject penalties and will most definitely be held liable for any injury that happens.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
A collision between a vehicle and a person often yield devastating outcomes. Pedestrians have no protection and are at the mercy of other drivers on the road. For this reason, injuries can vary from minor to severe. However, because of the sheer difference in size between a vehicle made of steel and the human body, severe injuries are far too common. It is, therefore, crucial that you get both medical and legal professional help with your case.
Common Injuries Resulting from Pedestrian Accidents
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
These injuries cause severe pain and suffering, and medical expenses can be staggering.
What is My Pedestrian Accident Claim Worth?
The worth of your accident case depends on the nature and intensity of your injuries. As a pedestrian, you generally have no protection from the impact. The car that struck you may have airbags, seat belts, and other safety features. But as a pedestrian, you bear the full brunt of the impact. If it’s a case of multiple points of impact, then it often will often cause numerous injuries that require medical care. This can affect the total value of your claim. The more the serious the injury, the greater the related losses tend to be. An attorney can further help you evaluate the value of your claim.
Our Law Offices are Here to Help Pedestrian Accident Victims
For victims of pedestrian accidents and their loved one, the future may seem bleak and uncertain. It is perfectly normal to feel at a loss and be overwhelmed by confusion. Recovering from a major accident is a significant interruption in a person’s life. The process can be difficult and costly. However, our personal injury law firm is here to guide you through the process and offer support and guidance. We go above and beyond and make the process as convenient for you. Our law firm is one of the few that will travel to your location to collect any necessary information about your case. We can go to your home, your hospital, or other location. We want you to focus on your health, not on digging up paperwork. Let us help.
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