What Are The Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents?
- Pedestrian accidents are usually caused by the negligence of drivers, but there are some factors that increase the likelihood of accidents. For example, the time of day has long played a role in pedestrian crashes. Fewer crashes occur during the day than they do at night. Many accidents occur when visibility has greatly reduced and the driver can only see bright objects clearly. The tendency for pedestrian accidents to happen at night is worsened by pedestrians that wear dark colored clothing.
- It is generally advised for pedestrians to have bright clothing if they spend a lot of time near roads at night. There are also reflectors and other indicators that can be attached to jackets and shoes.
- Drivers can crash into pedestrians if the drivers are not paying attention to the road, texting while driving, speeding, ignoring the right of way at intersections, driving under the influence of alcohol, and more. They need to constantly be on the lookout for pedestrians.
- Alcohol is one of the primary causes of pedestrian accidents, and nearly 50% of such accidents involve one or both parties (driver and pedestrian) being under the influence of alcohol.
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Where Do Most Pedestrian Accidents Occur?In general, most pedestrian accidents occur at crosswalks. They usually happen because of cars turning into the crosswalk without properly checking to see if anyone is walking. Some cars try to make quick right hand turns but don’t see people coming from the close side. Other times, pedestrians will use these crosswalks but the car won’t stop at all if it is coming straight on. This may be due to a lack of visibility, a broken light, or sheer negligence on behalf of the driver. Areas with high foot traffic also attract pedestrian accidents. Schools and downtown areas are some of the most prevalent, as are beaches. In Redondo Beach, the numerous parking lots and areas of interest on the beach result in many people roaming the area at all times of day. Not all of these areas are properly lit, either, and accidents can happen on the street, in lots, and elsewhere. Although rare, some pedestrian accidents occur on freeways or highways where pedestrians are actually prohibited from walking. People may take these roads as shortcuts, but it is extremely dangerous – the speed limit on highways and freeways tends to be 65 mph, and it can be extremely difficult, if not outright impossible, to stop and avoid a crash with a pedestrian.
What Is Pedestrian Injury?Pedestrian injuries are usually much more severe than injuries suffered by anyone inside the vehicles. This is due to the lack of protection that pedestrians have. Passengers of vehicles have seatbelts and air bags to help protect them in the event of sudden impact; even bicyclists and scooter riders tend to have helmets and pads to help reduce the severity of injuries if there is a crash. Pedestrians, on the other hand, have nothing but the clothes on their backs. The injuries that we have seen in pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
- Knee and hip injuries
- Permanent disfigurement
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Severed limbs
- Crushing injuries
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How Many Pedestrians Are Killed Each Year In Road Accidents?Each year, over 4,000 pedestrians are killed in accidents nationwide. California has one of the highest rates, with over 450 deaths per year by itself. One of the main reasons for these high numbers is the presence of hit and run accidents. Because many accidents happen at night time, some drivers may simply speed off and not stay to help the victim. This leads to the victim dying due to a late discovery.
What Legal Action Can I Take After A Pedestrian Accident?If you were involved in a hit and run accident as a pedestrian, you may be able to collect uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage from your insurance provider. You will likely need a skilled lawyer to help with this process. However, if the driver did not flee the scene, you can file a personal injury claim against him and receive compensation for your injuries. This personal injury claim can be filed if you can prove that the driver was negligent – that is, he owed you a duty of care that he breached, which led to an accident that caused you to suffer physical harm. If you were not hurt in the accident, you won’t be able to file a personal injury claim; instead, you will only be able to pursue minimal damages from lost or broken property and lost wages at work.
What Should I Do After I Get Hit By A Car?Victims of pedestrian accidents should make sure to take these steps after getting struck by any vehicles. This will ensure that you have the best preparation for a lawsuit and that you are safe immediately afterward. The very first thing you should do is call the paramedics to come and treat you. They can transport you to the emergency room if need be. Even if you feel like you suffered only minor injuries, you should still be checked out; adrenaline can mask certain damages and cause them to show up later, and the paramedics could catch something that you did not feel. Further, getting medical treatment quickly works for you in the legal sense – the longer you wait, the more suspicious it will look to the insurance agent; he can claim that you were hurt elsewhere and that you are attempting to blame those injuries on the accident. Next, you should take photos of your injuries and the scene of the accident. It will help to paint the picture of what happened. If you can photograph the driver’s car and details, as well as take down his insurance and contact information, that will be a crucial piece of evidence. After that, you should contact the police to have them investigate. You can then request a copy of the police report to be included in your report. It would also be beneficial to take down statements from any witnesses who saw the event unfold, if there are any. Finally, it is highly recommended that you seek out the help of a Redondo Beach pedestrian accident lawyer who can handle your case for you. You may be severely wounded afterward and lack the necessary experience, time, and patience required to file a lawsuit and negotiate with an insurance agent. The stress may delay your healing process and cause you to make poor decisions. Our experienced attorneys will be glad to help you every step of the way.
How Much Money Can I Receive In A Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?The amount of money you can receive in a pedestrian accident lawsuit depends on the seriousness of your injuries and how impactful they were on your daily life and career. Permanent injuries that prevented you from working or will not allow you to hold your current job any longer will likely result in higher settlements than minor injuries that result in a full, speedy recovery. You could receive over $1,000,000 if you can prove that the driver was negligent, reckless, or even purposely caused you harm. Personal injury lawsuits allow you to receive the following types of damages:
- Coverage of medical bills from the past and future
- Reimbursement of lost wages from the past and future
- Property damage costs
- Pain and suffering damages, such as for PTSD, anxiety, fear, emotional stress, psychological trauma, and more
- Punitive damages, which are handed out in times of gross negligence or intentional harm; however, they are difficult to win because many juries and agents view them as excessive. Therefore, only a skilled lawyer will be able to secure them for your case.
- Wrongful death damages in the event a family member or loved one passed away in a pedestrian accident. These damages include funeral expenses, loss of expected savings and inheritance, loss of consortium, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, and more.