California leads the nation when it comes to the number of pedestrians killed and injured in automobile accidents. The California Highway Patrol reports that 622 pedestrians were killed and another 12,000 were injured last year.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident, the numbers above may seem all too real. The human body is simply no match for an automobile or other vehicle, and the results of a collision are often catastrophic – if not fatal.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian or lost a loved due to someone else’s negligence, the pedestrian accident attorneys at Demas Law Group can help ensure you are fairly compensated.
When we are taught to drive a car, one of the first things we learn is to look behind the vehicle before backing up. Nevertheless, incidences of drivers backing over children they didn’t see behind the vehicle are fairly common, especially when the vehicle is an SUV with limited rearview visibility. In most cases, if a driver didn’t physically look behind the vehicle before backing up, then he or she is responsible for the accident.
Despite how much we caution our youth to not “play in the streets,” children under the age of 15 account for 7 percent of the fatalities in pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents, and 23 percent of the injuries. The classic example is the kid who chases a ball out into the street without checking for traffic first. Depending on the circumstances, the driver may be held responsible, since he or she should have been aware they were driving through an area where children were playing.
People over the age of 65 accounted for 19 percent of all pedestrian accident fatalities last year, more than any other age group. Many older people walk a little slower and therefore take more time crossing intersections, where most pedestrian accidents occur. They are also more likely to succumb to injuries that would not be fatal for other age groups. Drivers have a responsibility to be wary of pedestrians, no matter what age or how slowly they’re crossing the street.
Pedestrians don’t necessarily have to be walking – they may be on roller blades, skateboards, in strollers or in wheelchairs. All pedestrians must follow traffic laws, such as using crosswalks and waiting for the “walk/don’t walk” sign to change. If a pedestrian jaywalks or walks against the light and gets struck by an automobile, the driver may be held responsible, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, no matter whose fault you think it is, it’s a good idea to contact one of the experienced pedestrian accident injury attorneys at Demas Law Group. You can speak to one of our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys free of charge or obligation, either by telephone or a face-to-face.
Our client was walking down the sidewalk when she was struck by a tool truck pulling out of a parking lot. Not only did the driver not see here, he didn’t realize he’d hit anyone, and dragged our client 25 feet down the street before stopping. She suffered broken ribs, a broken leg, a fractured knee cap and scarring on the lower part of her legs. We immediately investigated, and witnesses confirmed the truck driver had not seen her. When presented with our detailed settlement plan, the insurance company paid the maximum allowed by the policy. Read more about the case here.
When a van ran over and killed a child, the driver claimed he hadn’t seen her and tried to shift responsibility to the child’s parents. Using state of the art testing, we were able to prove that the driver should have seen her. The parents settled for $500,000 instead of facing the emotional impact of a trial. Read more about the case here.