- POSTED: October 2, 2017
- CATEGORY: CAR ACCIDENTS
- POSTED BY: TheChoyceLawFirm
Fairfield Auto Accident Attorney Helps Victims of Pedestrian Accidents
California has the country’s highest number of pedestrian fatalities, for the second year in a row. If you’ve been hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, contact an experienced Fairfield auto accident attorney immediately.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- Pedestrian deaths are increasingly becoming more and more serious.
- There were 2,368 pedestrians killed from Jan-June in 2015, a 6% increase from the year before.
- In California, 23% of all motor vehicle fatalities were pedestrians.
- Pedestrian fatalities now account for 15% of total traffic deaths.
- About ⅓ of pedestrian deaths occur after dark.
- 70% of those victims were male.
- ⅓ of pedestrian fatalities were a result of a drunk driver.
- Pedestrians are three times more likely to die when struck by vehicles moving at 40 mph as they are by vehicles moving at 25 mph
You Have The Right To Compensation
If you were injured as a pedestrian due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to compensation. Such compensation should cover financial losses like medical bills, lost wages from missed work, rehabilitation, permanent disabilities and any emotional and psychological distress.
About ⅕ of pedestrian deaths involve hit-and-run drivers. If the police cannot locate the driver, wrongful death compensation is not available. But in other cases, when the driver is known, certain family members can pursue compensation. Contact a lawyer immediately if a loved one had died due to someone else’s negligence.
In order to prove the driver of the vehicle was negligent, you will need evidence such as:
- Witness testimonies
- Driver statements
- Photos of the scene
- Photos of the vehicle
- Photos of your injuries
- And anything else that can prove the driver was negligent!
In most cases, fault is easy to establish. California has several right of way laws that apply to pedestrians so if a driver breaks any of these laws, he or she is at fault. Such laws include:
- Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing in a marked crosswalk, or unmarked crosswalks at intersections
- While pedestrians must use due care for their safety, drivers approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk must also exercise due care and shall reduce the speed of their vehicle or take any other action to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian
- If a vehicle is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk to let pedestrians cross, other drivers must not pass the stopped vehicle
- Even when pedestrians are walking outside a crosswalk, drivers are expected to exercise due care
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, contact a Fairfield auto accident attorney immediately who can review your case in detail and find the best way for you to get the compensation you deserve.