Berkeley Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Although Berkeley rates as one of the safest and most popular California cities for walkers, a pedestrian accident can still occur. Traffic management programs suggested school routes for children and the addition of thousands of streetlights has helped. However, because traffic has become heavier over the years and more pedestrians are around, accidents involving serious injuries are a problem.Areas Where Berkeley Pedestrian Accidents Frequently Happen
Pedestrians walking around the city are relatively safe. Overall, there are about 100 traffic accidents that result in injury annually. While the incidents occur throughout the city, they happen most frequently in the following locations:
- San Pablo and University avenues
- San Pablo and Ashby avenues
- MLK and Ashby avenues
- College and Ashby avenues
- Claremont and Ashby avenues
- Downtown Berkeley
It is possible for a pedestrian who has been injured by a motorist or another entity to file a compensation claim to recover their financial damages. Our injury lawyers have been protecting Berkeley pedestrians' rights to get fair compensation since 1982. In addition to providing compassionate, helpful support, our legal team keeps clients updated on the progress of their claims.
In this way, they can concentrate on healing without the stress of financial worries about how they will pay their medical bills and other losses. Everyone here works hard to reduce the financial burden faced by pedestrians who have been injured because of the negligence of others.In the Event of a Pedestrian Accident Injury, How Much Compensation Am I Entitled To?
Pedestrians injured by motorists or other entities such as businesses or governments that maintain crosswalks or parks can file for the following compensation:
- An accident injury can result in all medical expenses related to the trauma being recovered. This includes the ambulance fee, hospitalization, prescription medicines, tests such as X-rays, surgeries and rehabilitation. Medical appliances, home modifications, and a medical caretaker may also be required for home health care. The recovery of additional costs may apply if continued injury occurs in the future.
- In addition to any bonuses or additional perks of the job, lost wages from being unable to work can be recouped.
- Adding lost earning capacity to the settlement can occur when the injured pedestrian has to take a lower-paying job because they can no longer perform the one they are in. Losses associated with the inability to work due to permanent disability are figured into the settlement until one reaches retirement age, as well as lost benefits.
- Injured parties can be compensated for disfigurements such as scarring or receive the financial means for reconstructive surgery or prosthetic devices.
- A spouse can be compensated for loss of consortium, companionship and affection.
- Recovery of compensation for an injured pedestrian’s physical trauma is recoverable.
- Anxiety, insomnia and nightmares may all be symptoms of mental distress. The injured party may experience post-traumatic stress disorder, for which professional treatment is recommended.
A pedestrian is not only a person who is walking but a woman with a baby stroller, someone walking their bicycle across the street or another individual using a scooter or skateboard. Those who are disabled and using a cane or wheelchair are also considered pedestrians. Although many pedestrians are injured at crosswalks, in parks, public buildings or at amusement parks, they can also experience an accident pushing their grocery cart to their vehicle.Common Reasons for Pedestrian Accident Injuries
The driver of a motor vehicle is often responsible for a pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accidents caused 7,668 deaths in 2019, says the National Safety Council. There are a number of factors that can cause pedestrian injuries, which can lead to an injury claim, such as:
- Distracted driving occurs when drivers text, talk on the phone, chat with passengers and other activities, which prevent them from seeing a pedestrian until it's too late.
- Drivers who have been drinking will have impaired motor skills, judgment, and the ability to react quickly in an emergency. A driver is likely to miss seeing a pedestrian, especially at night or when the weather is inclement.
- Negligence by a government can result in pedestrian accidents because of poorly maintained crosswalks, traffic lights and overgrown shrubbery. These instances can make the government liable for pedestrian accident injuries.
- Some drivers back out of a parking spot or driveway without checking to see if there are pedestrians behind them before starting out. Many accidents occur because of this.
- Pedestrian accidents are often caused by drivers who run a stop sign or traffic light. Besides speeding, pedestrian collisions are frequently caused by drivers who are unable to slow down in time.
The risk of being in an accident can be reduced by a pedestrian taking certain precautions. The following are some suggestions:
- As much as possible, walk on the sidewalk. Keep to the curb if there is no sidewalk, facing oncoming traffic.
- When possible, use a crosswalk with designated signals. It's worth walking an extra block if you don't see one where you want to cross, a crosswalk may be one street away.
- Jaywalking is illegal, so obey the traffic laws. In the center of a block, drivers do not look for pedestrians crossing.
- Bright colors make you more visible during the day, improving pedestrian safety. During the evening, wear light colors, carry a flashlight and wear reflective strips on your jacket to make yourself more visible.
- Always look left, right, and left before crossing the street. Remember what your parents taught you.
- When you cross the street, don't expect drivers to stop for you. Before you step off the curb, make sure all cars have stopped.
- Before going out on foot, don't drink or use drugs. The danger to a pedestrian is the same as that to a driver.
- In parking lots and driveways, be aware of vehicles backing up. You are still not in their visual field even though you are beginning to cross behind them.
In the video that follows, Ed Smith explains how to choose an attorney following a personal injury:
Related articles by Berkeley pedestrian accident lawyer Ed Smith:
- Accident Injuries in Older Pedestrians
- Vehicle Speed and Pedestrian Injury Risk
- Pedestrian Accidents and Bone Fractures
I am Ed Smith, a Berkeley pedestrian accident lawyer. It may be possible to get compensation for your losses if you suffer an injury due to someone else's negligence. We offer free, friendly advice to see if you can bring a claim for damages by calling (510) 631-0200 (800) 404-5400. You can also reach us online.
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