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Personal Injury Attorney: Pedestrian Accidents
You probably already know that a pedestrian is someone who is traveling from one place to another on foot. However, people don’t realize that pedestrians are also joggers, people using rollerblades, skateboarders, and other forms of non-motorized transportation.
If you sustained injuries due to the negligent actions of another, you may be entitled to recover damages. The only way to find out is to speak to a Laguna Beach personal injury attorney.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrian accidents are among the most serious of personal injuries because they often involve a collision with a vehicle. People who survive the impact are often left with catastrophic injuries such as permanent brain damage, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, or quadriplegia. Broken bones and injuries to the head, neck, and back are also quite common.
Although a pedestrian accident can happen anywhere, it happens with the most regularity when a person is attempting to cross the street in a crosswalk. The most common reasons for this type of collision include drivers who are inattentive, speeding, or deliberately trying to get through the crosswalk without slowing down for people on foot. The few extra seconds the driver gains can result in a lifetime of complications for the pedestrian.
Filing a Lawsuit with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a family member are struggling with medical bills, physical pain, emotional trauma, and other effects of a pedestrian accident, you need all the help you can get. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may receive compensation in one or all of these areas. It also helps to hold the other party responsible for his or her negligent actions. We encourage you to contact us at Silverthorne Attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Tips for Keeping Pedestrians Safe
A recent story in the news has again brought up the attention of pedestrian safety. On Sunday evening, a father and his daughter who were walking across the street in Whittier were struck. Unfortunately the 2-year old was killed and her father is still in critical condition. For more details on the accident see ABC7 News. Working for an auto accident lawyer in Orange County, I have become much more aware of driving practices. Which, I believe, is very important. Though there are not many details on the incident, drugs and alcohol are said have not played a part. I know many drivers get distracted fairly easily. That is why I wanted to give some tips on pedestrian safety. Not just for drivers but for pedestrians. If you have been injured in an accident, contact an accident attorney in our office. Consultations are free!
Auto Accident Lawyer | Pedestrian Safety
Did you know that at lease once a day, every day, you are considered a pedestrian? That’s right. For instance, if you are walking from your front door in your condo complex to your car, you are indeed a pedestrian. And the numbers for pedestrian related fatalities in the United States increases every year. Below, we have put together some tips for pedestrians to keep safe.
Tips for Pedestrians
One of the most important things pedestrians can do is to make sure you are visible at all times. We advise trying to make eye contact with any driver that you come into contact with. This will be especially important should you find yourself walking at night. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “32% of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.”
- make sure to wear lightly colored and perhaps reflective clothing in the evening;
- during the day, make sure you are wearing bright clothes so people can see you;
- stay in areas that are well-lit when you are crossing the street;
- avoid distractions
- this includes putting your phone down and paying attention the what is going on around you;
- follow the rules of the road and obey traffic signals;
- cross streets at crosswalks or intersections
- this is where people will expect pedestrians;
- look for cars coming from every direction;
- NEVER assume that a driver sees you
- this is why making eye contact is so important;
- look left-right-left before crossing
These may seem like common sense things. And any auto accident lawyer knows that. However, sometimes we do not always follow these and people end up getting severely injured or much worse.
Tips for Drivers
Now, it is not just the responsibility of the pedestrians to take steps to be safe. It is also the responsibility of drivers to make sure they are paying just as much attention. Especially since there are far more distractions for drivers than there are pedestrians.
- look for pedestrians everywhere, at all times;
- follow the posted speed limits
- this is especially important when you are in area that has a high volume of pedestrian traffic;
- use caution when driving in conditions that are less than ideal
- fog, rain, wind, etc.
- yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and do not stop in the middle of the crosswalk;
- NEVER driver under the influence of a controlled substance;
- follow the speed limits
- this is especially important when you are coming around a corner or if where you are approaching has limited visibility;
- be extra cautious when you are in parking lots or are backing up
- this is because pedestrians may move into your path without you realizing
It is everyone’s responsibility to be safe on the roads. Pedestrians, as well as motor drivers need to be cautious. As any accident attorney can tell you, it is so much more difficult with there being so many distractions. From our cell phones, to the radio, other accidents on the road, even our passengers can be a distraction sometimes. This is why we all need to be diligent in keeping each other and ourselves safe on the road.
Suffering from Injuries? Contact an Accident Attorney Today!
If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligent actions of another, please do note hesitate to contact us. Consultations with an auto accident lawyer at Silverthorne Attorneys are free. We have years of experience dealing with insurance companies and we are not afraid to do what is necessary to get the job done.