Pedestrian Accidents in California
With no protection, there is a high likelihood for serious injuries when a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian. Each year in the United States, motor vehicles kill approximately 5,000 pedestrians and injure an additional 64,000. Eleven percent of all roadway fatalities are pedestrian fatalities. Approximately every 8 minutes a motor vehicle injures a pedestrian in an accident and kills a pedestrian every 2 hours. Most of these pedestrian accidents happen in an urban setting. Statistics show that the faster the vehicle, the more likelihood of a pedestrian fatality.
Negligence of the driver is the most common reason for injuries and deaths to pedestrians. Some common reasons for negligence is the driver’s inattentiveness, speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and failing to obey traffic control devices.
California’s Department of Transportation works to provide safe and accessible passages on and across highways and roadways in order to prevent pedestrian deaths and injuries. Pedestrians are people transporting by foot, skateboard, walker, stroller, and wheelchair. Pedestrians have legal rights, which automobile drivers should respect, and have to follow a number of policies to ensure their safety while crossing the road.
California law states that a vehicle’s driver shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian at crosswalks and on sidewalks. The purpose of these rules is to protect pedestrians from injuries and possible death due to negligent driving.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE AFTER A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?
Call the police and report the accident. Remember to get the officer’s name, police agency, and report number.
Get the motor vehicle driver’s information including name, address, phone number, and auto insurance information by using The Beliz Law Firm’s Accident Fill-out Form.
Take pictures of the motor vehicle with a camera or cell phone. Further, photograph the scene of the accident including crosswalk and traffic control devices.
Find and seek witnesses to the accident. Obtain their name, phone number, and address and pass this information on to an attorney. If liability is disputed, an independent witness’ testimony can determine which party is liable.
Keep quiet and don’t speak! Any information given to the auto driver or to his or her auto insurance company may be detrimental to your personal injury claim.
Promptly seek medical attention for injuries. Many injuries after a pedestrian accident, even serious ones, do not occur immediately.
Contact a reputable and experienced Long Beach pedestrian accident attorney.
WHAT CAN I BE COMPENSATED FOR IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?
If you are involved in a Long Beach pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to the following compensation:
- Medical expenses for injuries suffered
- Future medical bills for injuries suffered
- Loss of earnings and loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
HIRE AN EXPERIENCED LONG BEACH PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER
It is important to know how to search for a Long Beach pedestrian accident lawyer. The two days following an accident is crucial to ensure a properly worked up case. Seek an attorney who has previously handled pedestrian accident cases and that has a good track record on those types of cases. Micheal Beliz is a California pedestrian accident attorney. The Beliz Law Firm only works in the personal injury area of law and specifically works on cases that are related to California pedestrian accidents. Since 2005, Michael A. Beliz has worked for and learned from two of the most prominent personal injury law firms in Southern California.