Pedestrian accidents are frequent in Santa Clara.
Any person who legally crosses, walks or cycles on the streets of California and is struck by a car, truck or other vehicle, has the same right to claim financial compensation as any motorist. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,000 pedestrians die each year in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 78,000 pedestrians are seriously injured when struck by a car or truck.
Pedestrians are at greater risk of injury and death than even cyclists and skateboarders. Pedestrians than any other group of people involved in motor vehicle accidents that do not use motor vehicles. Almost 90% of fatalities that do not include use motor vehicles are from pedestrians, not cyclists or skaters.
Victims with injuries are best advised to be represented by experienced lawyers. While Santa Clara is not the largest city in the state, its inner city is still dangerous place to cross streets. As a pedestrian, there are no safety devices or protection of any kind in the event of an accident. In a collision with a car or truck, pedestrians is almost guaranteed serious injuries.
According to police reports, the most common places for pedestrian accidents in Santa Clara are the following: Lawrence Expressway at Cabrillo Avenue, Rivermark Parkway just north of Montague Expressway and El Camino Real.
Top Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Santa Clara
Distracted drivers are a problem in Santa Clara as it is elsewhere. Distractions include sending text messages or making calls without hands-free devices, to eating or turning their heads to talk to other passengers. Simply removing one’s eyes from the road for a moment may cause the driver to miss seeing pedestrians and lead to a collision and serious injuries.
Driving too close to the sidewalk
Some roads are absent places for cars to park, which means that drivers are stuck driving too close to pedestrians on the sidewalk. If the driver becomes distracted, intoxicated, or turns his eyes off the road for a second, he or she may allow the vehicle to mount the sidewalk, putting pedestrians at risk. As pedestrians do not have the same protection as drivers, they can suffer serious injuries that will alter their lives forever.
If a driver drives with excessive speed or if he or she does not respect the rules, especially in places where there are pedestrians, such as intersections, they can cause serious accidents. A pedestrian who begins to legally cross the street may be in danger if the driver fails to pay attention and skips a traffic light. If the driver drives at high speed, it can be even worse, resulting in a devastating collision.
Common Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents
Most pedestrian injuries occur at the point of impact – the area of the body that the vehicle hits. In serious accidents, it is also possible that victims suffer secondary injuries – in the case where the impact throws them towards another vehicle or object, or equivalent.
The most common pedestrian injuries include:
- Cuts, scrapes and bruises on the head, face and body
- Brain injuries such as concussions, swelling, bleeding and clots
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
- And serious fractures to the arms, legs, ribs, hips and pelvis.
Typical hospital bills for a pedestrian accident
Loss of use of a limb and broken or dislocated extremities are common in collisions involving cars and pedestrians. Such injuries can cause a survivor to lose weeks or even months of work. Wounds could take many months of physical therapy and can cause many years of pain.
Unfortunately, many insurance companies are willing to pay only the initial costs of an injury, if they pay anything at all. Avrek Law Firm’s qualified attorneys can make sure you know your rights, so you can achieve a full recovery, no matter how late. We can help you get the assistance you are entitled to by law, so you can fully heal and recover lost income.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Santa Clara
Pedestrian injuries are an unfortunate yet common occurrence Particularly in urban environments such as Santa Clara pedestrians can and do find themselves the victim of motor vehicle negligence As personal injury lawyers, we often represent pedestrians who have suffered injuries caused by motor vehicles. Unsurprisingly, these injuries are often severe.
Many factors influence the severity of a pedestrian’s injuries if they are hit by a motor vehicle. Some of the main ones are the speed of the vehicle, the center of gravity of the pedestrian, the part of the vehicle that first makes contact with the pedestrian, the angle of impact and the design of the vehicle.
Whatever the relevant factors, at Avrek Law Firm we can help you get the compensation you need to recover your quality of life and that of your loved ones. Contact us through our website and get the justice you need.
What is My Pedestrian Accident Claim Worth?
Our Santa Clara attorneys strive to obtain the medical care and compensation our injured clients deserve, including damages under Californian law related to injuries sustained, including:
- Past and future medical charges, hospital, physical therapy, psychological, cosmetic and dental charges.
- Past and future income losses and also all the time lost on the job.
- Loss of enjoyment of life and activities lost due your injury.
- Past and future pain, suffering, emotional distress.
- And any and all other appropriate damages allowed under Californian law.
Let someone with experience in handling the issues help you. Call our offices for a free consultation with an experienced injury lawyer or any member of our legal team.
How Long Do I Have To Take Legal Action?
The statute of limitations provides deadlines for filing lawsuits.
Most lawsuits must be filed within a certain period of time. In general, once the length of time has passed, the legal claim will no longer be valid.
The length of time you can file a lawsuit depends on the type of legal claim you are making. The statute of limitations for personal injury are as follows:
Personal Injury: Two years from the date of injury. If the injury was not discovered immediately, then it is one year from the date the injury was discovered.
If you are faced with suing a government agency, you first have to file a special claim (called an “administrative claim”) to the office or government agency before you can file your claim with the court. To file the claim you must use the government form.
Is a Lawyer Necessary? How Much Does it Cost?
An expert personal injury lawyer is vital after a pedestrian-vehicle accident.
In the cases of pedestrian accidents, unique legal considerations are to be taken into account, and also there are some considerations related to the insurance.
Persons interested in seeking compensation or filing a lawsuit following a pedestrian accident in Santa Clara should seek legal advice from an attorney with solid pedestrian accident experience.
Avrek Law Firm pedestrian accident attorneys are ready to help.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Santa Clara, call our personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.
There is no charge unless we win your case, contact us today.
Pedestrian accident checklist – Some steps to take immediately after an accident
If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident in Santa Clara, it is important to get as much information as possible about the vehicle and the driver involved. Such must include the license plate, the brand and model of the vehicle, the driver’s full name, current telephone number and address, and the driver’s license number, as well as his/her insurance company and policy number.
It is a good practice to actually see the other person’s driver’s license and copy it. Do not rely on what the other driver tells you. We have had clients who were given false information by the other party so please check the driver’s license yourself if you are able to do so. If the other vehicle leaves the crash scene, be sure to call the police at the 911 immediately and provide as much information as possible.
As pedestrian accidents occur in many different ways and often involve complicated situations, victims or their relatives should call our office immediately. Usually, it is best to call from the accident site, so we can help you get the best medical care as well as compensation for the victim’s injuries and damages.