East Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Look around at any intersection, and you’ll see pedestrians walking with cars driving by only feet away. Not all drivers use the caution that is needed in this situation. It is little wonder then that out of all accidents, 13 percent involve a pedestrian. Nearly 6,000 of these accidents are fatal, and approximately 150,000 walkers suffer injuries annually. The majority of the accidents occur after sundown (68 percent), with only 32 percent happening in the daylight hours.
Pedestrian dangers affect people of all ages, although the distribution is anything but equal. Roughly 19 percent of all fatal childhood injuries are due to a pedestrian accident. At the opposite end of the age spectrum, 79 percent of pedestrian deaths involve older walkers.City Infrastructure Is Part of the Problem
One factor in a large number of pedestrian injuries and deaths is the lack of a strong infrastructure to promote safety. Roads were designed without pedestrians in mind. As time went on, more walkers meant that this thinking had to be revised. Slowly, crosswalks were added to increase pedestrian safety.
If a pedestrian accident happens due to a lack of crosswalks despite evidence that they are needed, the city can be considered liable. In addition, if the crosswalk is not well lit or lacks proper crossing devices, the municipal government can be taken to task. A pedestrian injury lawyer in East Sacramento can file a claim against the city for damages.
It is important to note that the time limit for filing this type of claim is much different from that of other personal injury lawsuits. For instance, the claimant must file the initial administrative claim within six months of the accident. The city then has 45 days to either deny the claim or approve it. If the city denies the claim, the claimant has six months to file a lawsuit against the city. On the other hand, if the city does not respond, then the claimant has 2 years to file a lawsuit.
Your pedestrian accident lawyer in East Sacramento will help you through this ordeal. He or she will ensure that all documents are filled out correctly and filed in a timely fashion.Speeding and Pedestrian Injury
It stands to reason that the faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the injury the pedestrian suffers. Studies show that the risk of pedestrian injury at 17.1 mph is 10 percent. At 24.9 mph, the risk escalates to 25 percent, and at 40 mph, it reaches 75 percent. By the time the driver is traveling at 48.1 mph, the risk of severe injury or death reaches 90 percent.
This is why many cities are lowering the speed limit on urban streets. In New York City, this tactic saved many lives. By lowering the speed limit, increasing enforcement, and promoting safer street design, pedestrian death rates dropped dramatically.Ways Pedestrians Can Improve Their Safety
Pedestrians are vulnerable to severe injuries when struck by a motor vehicle. One way they can lower that risk is by being as safe as possible. Some ways in which they can do this is:
- Follow the rules of the road and obey traffic laws.
- Walk on a sidewalk when possible. If not, face the traffic and keep your distance from motorists.
- Wear bright clothing during the day.
- Use a designated crosswalk whenever possible, even if it means walking an extra block to do so.
- Never jaywalk. Motorists do not expect to see someone attempting to cross outside an intersection, and they can be obscured by parked vehicles.
- Never take a walk while inebriated. It is just as dangerous for a walker as it is for anyone else.
- Use extra precautions at night. Only cross in well-lit areas and do not wear dark colors. Wearing an item with reflective tape on it and carrying a flashlight helps too.
- Do not walk distracted. This can include talking on a cell phone or listening to music.
- Stay alert to the surrounding traffic.
Watch the video below for more pedestrian safety tips.Investigating an East Sacramento Pedestrian Accident
When a pedestrian is injured by a negligent driver, they may want to place a claim for compensation with the help of an experienced East Sacramento pedestrian accident attorney. Over the years, I’ve successfully handled many of these cases, winning my clients the compensation they deserve. However, an investigation to collect the evidence to support a client’s claim is necessary. Our investigators go to the site of the accident right away to begin. Some of the evidence they collect can include:
- Reviewing the report by the police for errors
- Interviewing witnesses
- Gathering forensic evidence in the form of accident reconstruction
- Looking for video footage of the accident, which can include witness cell phones and traffic or business surveillance cameras
- Checking for a malfunctioning traffic or crossing light, obscured foliage or other signs of government negligence
Once the evidence is compiled, our lawyers use it to construct a strong case that benefits our client’s claim.East Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, an East Sacramento pedestrian accident lawyer. Pedestrians have the same rights and responsibilities as others sharing the roadway. When you become injured by a negligent driver or other entity, you are entitled to fair compensation. Call me at (916) 921-6400 or from long-distance at (800) 404-5400. I can also be contacted online.
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