Pedestrian accidents have been on the rise.
It is worth noting that the term ‘pedestrian’ doesn’t only apply to those who are walking.
You are covered as a pedestrian if you are jogging, running or skateboarding, walking, etc.
Statistics on Pedestrian Accidents
According to the U.S Department of Transportation and the NHTSA, every seven minutes, a pedestrian is injured and in every two hours, a pedestrian is killed in the United States.
In 2012, a total of 4,743 pedestrians lost their lives as a result of accidents involving automobiles.
There are 1.5 higher chances of a pedestrian losing their lives compared to a passenger in the vehicle since pedestrians are much smaller and lack protection.
Over the recent years, Rancho Cucamonga has become notorious with pedestrian accidents.
Dangerous areas in Rancho Cucamonga include:
- Hellman Avenue
- Foothill Boulevard
- Hermosa Avenue
- 210 Freeway
- Cherry Avenue and Grove Avenue
Top Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Lack of Visibility
Decrease of visibility increases the chances of fatal pedestrian accidents. Many accidents occur in the late afternoon and early evening when there is low visibility.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a leading cause of fatal pedestrian accidents. It isn’t always the driver of the car who is drunk but it also applies to pedestrians. Alcohol impairs judgment especially if one is driving a car or when the pedestrian is walking near the road, or crossing the street out of a crosswalk.
There are more pedestrian fatal accidents in urban areas compared to rural areas. In urban areas, there are more people who are walking around and this therefore increases the chances. 73% of all fatal pedestrian accidents that occurred in 2012 happened in urban areas according to the NHTSA. Most accidents occurred where pedestrians were attempting to cross the road outside an intersection.
Distraction apply for both the pedestrian and the driver. Using mobile phones tops the list of distractions and they highly increase the chances of accidents since one loses focus on the road.
A lot of fatal pedestrian accidents are reported when there is clear weather or when the weather is nice since this is when many pedestrians go to the outdoors.
Speeding is a leading cause of fatal pedestrian accidents since drivers are unable to stop or control their cars when they spot a pedestrian.
Failing to give right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks
This is a leading cause of pedestrian fatal accidents as most pedestrians use the crosswalks when crossing the road.
Other causes include motorists not making a signal while turning and disobeying traffic signs.
Common Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents
Immediately after a pedestrian accident occurs, the body may go into shock or experience a rush of adrenaline and this therefore can make it hard to identify the severity of the injury.
The most serious injuries from pedestrian accident injuries are quite difficult to diagnose and it is therefore important to get immediate medical help.
Some of the most common injuries from pedestrian accidents include;
- Internal bleeding
- Broken limbs
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spine injuries
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Once you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you should contact an attorney as quickly as possible because the statutes of limitations in California is just 2 years.
Avrek Law will provide an evaluation of your claim free of charge with no further obligation.
An attorney will assist you make a claim and get maximum compensation for the medical bills and the pain and suffering caused.
What’s My Pedestrian Accident Claim Worth?
One of the first questions a pedestrian who has been hurt asks is how much is their claim worth?
Key factors that are brought into consideration by insurance adjusters include the severity of injuries the pedestrian suffered:
- lost time at work
- nature of medical treatment required
- impact of injury on one’s daily life
- possibility of complete recovery
- impact of the accident on future earnings and any lost opportunities
How Long do I Have To Take Legal Action?
The statute of limitations in the state of California is two years from the time the accident occurred and injuries were sustained.
This implies that one has to file a lawsuit within this time.
Don’t wait, contact Avrek Law today and get answers to your questions.
Is a Lawyer Necessary And How Much Does It Cost?
If you have been injured and you are seeking compensation for your injuries, then you need a personal injury lawyer to represent you.
In addition, an experienced pedestrian injury lawyer who has dealt with similar cases knows the laws to ensure that you are fully compensated.
When you work with Avrek Law you only pay us when we win your case. So there’s no risk.
Call us today for an immediate and Free consultation.
Pedestrian Accident Checklist – What To Do After An Accident
This applies to those who still feel they are okay and can walk away. It is important that you stop and report the accident.
Call the Police
If you are in a position to call the police, call them and record a statement about what happened. The police report is important since it can be used to show who was at fault and finding liability.
If you are in a position to take photos, then don’t hesitate to do it. The photos will be used as evidence to show who was at fault which in many cases is the driver. Take photos of different angles and of the scene including the part of the car that hit you.
Get Medical Assistance
Pedestrian injuries are fatal and can cause lifetime injuries in the event there is no quick medical assistance. Get to see a doctor as soon as possible since at times, the injuries sustained may be internal and are not visible.
Contact a Lawyer
Do not talk to any insurance adjuster or accept any offers until you have spoken to a lawyer. A lawyer will take your case and advise you what to do to ensure you get full compensation and will help you file an insurance claim. Whether the pedestrian accident is your fault or it’s not your fault, it is still important to seek the services of a lawyer.