PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

 

Walking is a common form of transportation. Pedestrians may be at risk of accidents when they attempt to cross a street, or even when they walk on the sidewalk. At State Law Firm, Apc. we understand accidents between pedestrians and automobiles happen. Whether it is because of a pedestrians belief that the "pedestrians always have the right of way" when walking, or a drivers speed and inattentiveness resulting in a pedestrian accident.

 

DO PEDESTRIANS HAVE A RIGHT OF WAY?

 

Pedestrians,  have a duty of care, which debunks the saying that "pedestrians always have the right of way." California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (b) provides that:

 

"This section[Vehicle Code Section 21950] does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk."

 

Pedestrians increase their risk of injury when they cross a street in an unmarked area. An example includes j-walking in the middle of a highway or street.

 

California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states that:

 

"(a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard."

 

Pedestrians who are struck by an automobile should seek a personal injury attorney to assist.  At State Law Firm, Apc. we provide a FREE CONSULTATION if you are a pedestrian and have been hit by a car.

 

DOES A DRIVER HAVE TO YIELD TO A PEDESTRIAN?

 

An experienced personal injury attorney knows that car drivers have a duty to follow Vehicle Code Section 21950, which  states:

 

"(a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection..."

 

Pedestrians can be at risk of being hit by a car in many different situations including:

 

  • A pedestrian can be hit by an inattentive driver while lawfully walking at a marked intersection.
  • Pedestrians can be hit by a car in a parking lot
  • Vehicles backing up into a pedestrian
  • Pedestrian can be hit while crossing an alley
  • Pedestrian v. auto collision when auto is making a left turn
  • Pedestrian v. automobile hit and run
  • Automobile jumping the curb hitting a pedestrian
  • Driver or passenger exiting car and hit by a car

 

Get a FREE CONSULTATION by a PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY at State Law Firm, Apc. Whether you believe you are at fault or not, contact us if you have any questions.

Some questions clients have are:

 

  • What do I do if I was hit as a pedestrian by a car in a crosswalk?
  • What if there was a stop sign when I was crossing the street?
  • What if there were no crosswalks and I crossed the street and was hit by a car?
  • What if there were no traffic signals and I crossed the street but was hit by a car?
  • What if I was walking across the street and the light turned colors and I was hit by a car?
  • What kind of compensation am I entitled to if I was hit by a car?
  • What If I suffered serious or catastrophic injuries?
  • I was hit by a car and who will pay my medical bills?
  • What if I need surgery? Who will pay for that?
  • What if the driver does not have enough insurance coverage when I got hit by a car?

 

There are hundreds of questions that a pedestrian or victim may have when they are hit by a car.  Contact a personal injury attorney who is experienced. At State Law Firm, Apc. you can speak to an experienced attorney, who will provide you a FREE CASE CONSULTATION and EVALUATION.

 

The California Department of Motor Vehicle indicates that "In California, pedestrian deaths occur in approximately 22% of all traffic fatalities."

 

A pedestrian is not limited to a person walking across the street but also includes a person with a disability one who is in a wheelchair, or a tricycle, or quadricycle.  Many vehicles today, including hybrid cars, are virtually silent when they are operated, which can put a blind pedestrian at risk, as they do not hear the vehicle.

 

State Law Firm, Apc. can assist a pedestrian who is hit by a negligent driver when walking across a crosswalk or intersection.  Even if you believe you are partially at fault, get a SECOND OPINION, contact State Law Firm, Apc.

 

The DMV reports that according to the Federal Highway Administration intersection collisions account for more than 45% of reported crashes.  21% of those intersection accidents result in fatalities or death.  Having an experienced Personal Injury Attorney is important if you suffer any injury as a result of being hit by a car. Call State Law Firm, Apc., whether you were walking across an intersection, at a "t" intersection, or in a parking lot.

 

Serious injuries can happen as a result of a pedestrian being hit by a car. These injuries are not limited to:

 

  • Broken Bones
  • Head Trauma
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Bruises / Abrasions
  • Leg Injury
  • Leg amputation
  • Head Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Skull Injury
  • Skull Fractures
  • Brain Damage
  • Concussion
  • Cuts, Scrapes, Bruises
  • Fatality / Death
  • Organ Injuries
  • Road Rash

 

If you have suffered any injury as a result of a motor vehicle v. pedestrian accident, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you suffer.

Contact State Law Firm, Apc. to discuss your potential damages and compensation such as:

 

  • Medical Bills
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Future Medical Care
  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Loss of Household Abilities
  • Medical treatment
  • Future medical care
  • Loss of income or earning capacity
  • Loss of future earning ability
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Temporary Disability
  • Permanent Disability
  • Rehabilitation or Vocational classes
  • Disability equipment such as wheelchair
  • Costs as a result of medical expenses caused by the incident
  • Additional compensation...

 

Why choose State Law Firm Apc.?

 

When you get hit by a car, you need an attorney who can get you the assistance you need, and give you a piece of mind.  Many victims that are hit by a car may suffer serious injuries that require hospitalization.  When they receive their bills, they are shocked to see the enormous amount they owe.  How am I going to make these payments? I can't afford these hospital bills. How will I obtain additional treatment?

 

State Law Firm, Apc. can provide you answers to these questions and more. Contact our office to obtain a FREE CONSULTATION if you have been hit by a car. You need an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to fight for you.  Pedestrians and victims of auto collision accidents are not alone, We're In This Together!

 

 

 

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