California Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Every year, 75,000 Americans are killed or injured while navigating sidewalks, crosswalks and roadways by foot. If you or a family member is the victim of a pedestrian accident, the personal injury lawyers at The Reeves Law Group can help. We are experienced in helping accident victims recover financial compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured and have questions about your legal rights, contact us today.
Pedestrian Accidents: An Overview
Crossing the street is a routine part of our daily lives. Our children do it on the way to school. We do it on the way to work or when heading out for a meal. Rarely do we give a second thought to the danger.
Yet the simple act of walking along or crossing a street tragically ends in thousands of Americans being killed or severely injured every year.
Accidents caused 4,654 fatalities and another 70,000 injuries to pedestrians last year. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that a walker is killed every 113 minutes and injured every eight minutes. Driver negligence is often to blame for these accidents, but sometimes pedestrians put themselves in jeopardy through carelessness or inattention.
Pedestrian Injury Compensation
After an accident, the injured pedestrian may be able to recover damages from the driver who caused the accident.
Damages are money paid to the victim as compensation for the person’s injuries and losses. In the event of a fatality, the family may also be able to recover money damages.
Damages also provide compensation for accidents that result in physical injuries, such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and head injuries, as well as for those that result in death. Recurring pain and suffering caused by the physical injuries may entitle a victim to recover compensation. An injured person may also seek reimbursement for medical bills related directly to the accident, in addition to reasonable future medical bills.
What You Can Do To Avoid an Accident
To reduce the number of accidents, everyone, whether on foot or in a vehicle, must take every possible precaution. With children and elders at particular risk of being in an accident, it is important to exercise care when on or near the roads.
Who is At Fault in a Pedestrian Accident?
If you are involved in an accident, you must cooperate with police and other authorities and accurately report your account of the events. Even if you do not believe you were at fault for the accident, it is in your best interest to promptly consult an attorney. An experienced lawyer will advise you of the steps you should take to obtain and preserve evidence that can prove who is at fault and who is entitled to damages. A California pedestrian accident lawyer can advise you on your legal options and on how to seek compensation for your injuries.
At-Risk Groups: Children and Seniors
Children and the elderly are at the greatest risk of suffering an injury or fatality while walking. Last year, 4,000 elderly Americans were injured in pedestrian accidents, resulting in more than 700 fatalities. Children under age 15 made up 39 percent of all pedestrian accidents, with nearly 10 percent of these cases resulting in fatalities.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The Reeves Law Group has successfully handled a large number of pedestrian accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact us today.