California Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Helping Those Injured by Negligent Drivers
Pedestrians are vulnerable in an accident with a motor vehicle. Even the most careful and prudent driver can make a mistake that harms a pedestrian.
When this happens, the walker can be injured and traumatized. In the worst cases, on-foot travelers are killed.
No matter what the outcome, the pedestrian will likely be left with significant medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma.
That’s where The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C. steps in. We have decades of experience representing Californians in injury cases.
To schedule a free consultation with our team, call (800) 477-2989 today.
Who Is Liable in a Pedestrian Accident?
In most cases where a car hits a pedestrian, the driver is responsible for the damages. Drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care while operating a vehicle. Pedestrians, on the other hand, have the right of way in many situations, such as at crosswalks or when using a sidewalk. If a driver fails to pay attention to their surroundings or breaks a traffic law, such as speeding or running a red light, they may be held liable for any damage or injuries they caused.
However, a property owner could also be at fault. Inadequate signage, faded or missing lines, and faulty parking lot designs can all contribute to a dangerous environment. Businesses have a responsibility to prevent such problems from occurring. They exist for the sole purpose of serving customers, so they have a legal obligation toward the public’s care, even if pedestrians are just passing through.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
- Failure to yield
- Following too closely
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrian accidents cause more fatalities than any other type of car accident. In fact, pedestrians are over 200 times more likely to be killed in an accident with a motor vehicle. The forces involved in an accident with a vehicle are much greater for a pedestrian than for the driver.
The following statistics come from the California Highway Patrol:
- 13% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians
- 4% of all traffic accidents involve a pedestrian
- 70% of all traffic fatalities involving a pedestrian are fatal
- 75% of all fatal traffic accidents involving a pedestrian occur at night
- 80% of all fatal traffic accidents involving a pedestrian occur in urban areas
Common Injuries Pedestrians Sustain in an Accident
Pedestrians are at a higher risk of injury when they are involved in a vehicle accident.
In such cases, pedestrians commonly suffer:
- Broken bones
- Severe bruising
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe cuts and scrapes
Such injuries can result in long-term physical and emotional damage, and they create a financial strain on victims. Along with physical damage, victims must also deal with medical bills and lost wages.
If you’ve been in a pedestrian accident, seek medical treatment immediately, even if you feel fine at that moment. Then, reach out to us for legal assistance.
Compensation You Could Receive in a Pedestrian Accident Personal Injury Claim
If you've been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for a range of damages. Such damages include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Calculating these damages can be complicated, and the amount of compensation you receive depends on the specifics of your case. Factors like the severity of your injuries, the extent of the other party's negligence, and your lawyer’s skill can all affect the final outcome.
By pursuing the compensation you're entitled to, you can start to rebuild your life and move forward with confidence. We have won countless cases for people who have been hurt by another’s negligence, and we may be able to do the same for you.
Our team is here to help you get the compensation you need in a pedestrian car accident. If the accident resulted in death, we can also help with a wrongful death suit. To meet with our lawyers in California, contact us online.