Statistics show the increasing danger to pedestrians in California. Fatalities have been on the rise in the last decade as more people take to the sidewalks and streets to walk to their job. Warmer weather and an emphasis on walkability have increased the number of pedestrians.
At the same time, it would not be a stretch to say that drivers are worse these days. Between more motorists fighting traffic and distracted drivers, they do not take the necessary care to avoid hitting pedestrians. As a result, there are double-digit annual increases in California pedestrian fatalities.
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries. This is because pedestrians have no protection to shield themselves from the impact of a car that weighs thousands of pounds. Generally, the faster the car is traveling, the more serious the injuries. In fact, 40% of pedestrians do not survive when hit by a car going 30 MPH or more. The number rises to 80% when the vehicle is traveling in excess of 40 MPH.
Despite the fact that laws protect pedestrians, drivers may try to argue that the accident was still not their fault. You must prove negligence in your case as drivers owe a duty of care to everyone on the road, including pedestrians. An experienced Riverside pedestrian accident attorney can help.
Your Rights as a Pedestrian
In California, you have the following legal rights as a pedestrian:
- The right of way when you are in the crosswalk
- The right to full use of the sidewalk and as an absolute right of way when you are on one
- The right to safety and not to be struck by a negligent driver
Pedestrian Accident Damages
When a driver violates the law, or even if they are just plain careless, they can be made to pay for your injuries. Your pedestrian accident damages could include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Mental Anguish
- Wrongful death
Even if you are able to prove fault in your pedestrian accident, you must still also have proof of your damages. Pedestrian accident settlements and jury verdicts could be high given the severity of the injuries that accident victims suffer.
There is no such thing as an “average settlement.” Instead, your case is all about you and the damages that you have suffered. We take the time to learn about you and your own particular situation to fight for full and fair compensation.
When you reach out to us early in the process, we could get right to work to investigate your case and begin the legal process to receive payment for your injuries. The insurance company is approaching your claim in a different way – one that keeps them from having to pay you what you deserve. Get the legal help you need right away to make sure that your interests are protected.
Contact a Riverside Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
The Riverside personal injury attorneys at The JLF Firm are standing by and ready to assist you and your family. Call us today at (888) 341-3071 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation and to learn more about how the legal process will work in your case.
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