Can Pedestrians Get Compensation For Injuries?
Pedestrians have zero protection from impact. For that reason, a pedestrian hit by a car is likely to suffer head injury, neck injury, back injury, broken bones or other serious injury. With serious injuries come serious expenses: medical bills, lost wages and more.
Thankfully, pedestrians hit by careless drivers may be able to pursue compensation, and the Kuvara Law Firm can help. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of experience helping injured pedestrians get fair compensation as fast as possible. We are not going to push you into accepting a lowball settlement just to resolve your claim quickly, nor will we force you to undertake time-consuming litigation in order to maximize your compensation. We will use the techniques we have honed over the course of our careers to do what is right for you.
Results In Crosswalk Accidents And More
All too often, pedestrians are hit by cars in the exact place where they are supposed to be safe: in the crosswalk. Drivers who are not paying attention frequently take a turn on a green light, hitting a pedestrian who is in the crosswalk and crossing legally on a walk sign. Other drivers may simple stop too late at a red light and go into the crosswalk, striking a pedestrian. In these cases, when the pedestrian is crossing legally in a crosswalk and gets hit by a car, negligence is often clear and the driver of the car can be held accountable. Our lawyers work hard to make certain that is the case.
We also handle cases involving pedestrians getting hit on sidewalks while crossing the entry to a parking lot or alley because a car pulled in or out without looking. We handle cases involving people stepping out of their own cars, only to get hit by another car.
Our car crash lawyers have experience handling all types of pedestrian accident claims.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrians are at a surprisingly high risk of being in an accident involving a car. In 2015, for example, 5,376 pedestrians were killed due to traffic crashes. This is a worrying number and justifies the need to take every precaution possible to prevent pedestrian accidents. What’s more, during each trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than a passenger sitting in a moving vehicle to be killed by a car.
Those who are often involved in an accident are those who are visually impaired or have reduced mobility. Therefore, most at risk are older people, namely those who are over the age of 65. In fact, 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths in 2015 were people over the age of 65. Pedestrians who are impaired by alcohol or other drugs are also more at risk.
Common Causes Of Bay Area Pedestrian Accidents
When you understand the cause of pedestrian accidents, you will gain the knowledge necessary to help avoid trouble. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent an accident, there are steps you can take to improve your chance of remaining safe.
Some of the top causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving. An example of this would be a person who is texting and driving as they approach an intersection. If they’re not watching the road, the driver could hit a person who is crossing the street.
- Speeding and other forms or reckless driving. The faster a vehicle is traveling, especially in a city setting, the greater chance there is that the person will cause an accident. Other forms of reckless driving include failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, neglecting to use turn signals, and running a stop sign or traffic light.
- Disregarding traffic conditions. Simply put, drivers need to change their approach as the result of traffic conditions. For example, the way you drive in heavy traffic will not be the same as when there are no other vehicles on the road.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. With this, drivers are unable to make sound decisions, thus increasing the likelihood of striking a pedestrian.
Remember this: Even if you are walking on the sidewalk, you could still be injured in an accident.
How Can San Rafael Pedestrian Accidents Be Prevented?
The good news is that pedestrian accidents and injuries can be prevented. Visibility can be increased at night by carrying a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing. Make sure that you are always walking on the sidewalk, and if a sidewalk is not available, always face oncoming traffic and walk on the shoulder of the road.
What To Do If You’re Involved In A Pedestrian Incident
If you have been involved in a pedestrian incident, you will know that it is a terrifying experience. If you are the victim of an accident involving a car, it is vital that you take certain steps to ensure that the important evidence is preserved.
1) Call Emergency Services
If a person is injured, someone at the scene should call 911 and request an ambulance or the police as soon as possible. Calling the police from a legal standpoint is extremely important to ensure that statements are taken and that evidence is collected in a proper way.
2) Take The Driver’s Details
Someone at the scene should immediately take the driver’s details, including his or her name, address, phone number, license plate and insurance number. If possible, getting the contact details of as many witnesses as possible will help you in making a claim.
3) Take Pictures
Taking pictures of the damage and of the scene as soon as possible after the incident will help document vital evidence. Images of the injured can also help the jury come to a more informed decision.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian incident involving a vehicle, it is important to seek trusted legal guidance so that your claim can be assessed fully with your individual situation taken into account.
From our headquarters in San Rafael and law offices throughout Northern California, we represent pedestrian injury victims across the state. We begin every case with a free consultation. For more details, call 1-800-4-INJURY or email us today. Hablamos español.
Pedestrian Accident FAQ’s
What is the first step to take when attempting to make a claim?
You should try to have all evidence documented to as large a degree as possible. This can include your personal notes about the event that took place. You should pay particular attention to the damages that you suffered and the effect that it had on you.
The accident was partly my fault. Can I still make a claim?
The courts acknowledge that very often there is some blame on both sides, therefore they try to work out how much each person was to blame. If you are to blame, you can still make a claim; it will just affect how much in damages you are entitled to.
How soon should I make a claim?
There is always a limit on how long you can wait, so you should file a claim as soon as possible. However, you should also make sure to make a full recovery before going through the stressful process of making a claim.