Folsom Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The lovely weather in Folsom makes our beautiful city ideal for walking, running, bike riding, or similar outdoor activities. However, as the presence of pedestrians increases on our roads, so do the related dangers.
Pedestrians in these areas should take extra precautions to protect themselves while on foot.National Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 6,205 pedestrians in the United States died in 2019, and thousands more suffered devastating injuries. While accidents between two vehicles can result in death, pedestrian accidents are even more dangerous because of the vulnerability of the injured parties. Without protection, the victim is at the mercy of tons of moving steel that often kills upon impact. The victim can sustain dislocated bones or muscles, fractures, amputations, bleeding, head wounds, and other significant injuries even at relatively slow speeds. Some of the most common injuries include broken bones in the legs, internal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
One of the main causes of car-pedestrian accidents is a failure to yield the right of way, whether or not the victim is inside or outside of a crosswalk. While the person on foot needs to exercise caution, drivers generally bear the ultimate responsibility after an accident. Even so, pedestrians should be vigilant and not assume that the driver can see them, especially at night. Because of their small size and impulsiveness, children are at special risk.
Additional causes of pedestrian accidents in California:
- Drivers who are backing up or making left, right or U-turns.
- Distracted driving or inattention due to using electronic devices.
- Putting on makeup.
Despite its reputation as a safe and family-friendly community, these Folsom intersections have a history of dangerous accidents over the past three years:
- Bidwell St. and Blue Ravine Rd.
- Blue Ravine Rd. and Prairie St.
- Folsom Rd. and Iron Point Rd.
- Iron Point Rd. and Prairie City Rd.
- Natoma St. and Oakdale St.
- Riley St. and Sutter St.
California legislation specifies that drivers have a specific duty to watch for pedestrians and pay attention to the road. In addition, drivers bear the most responsibility to watch for pedestrians, especially in areas where children frequent, such as schools and parks. Drivers must stop for walkers in a crosswalk and watch for anyone on foot who is not in a crosswalk. If a driver stops to cross at an intersection, other drivers cannot go around the first stopped car and must yield the right of way to the pedestrian.
In a hit-and-run case involving pedestrians, the victims are covered as long as they have uninsured motorist insurance on their personal car. If the victims don't have their own car insurance, they are still covered as long as someone else in the pedestrian’s household has coverage that would typically protect them, including children and the elderly.
After an accident, contact me if you have additional questions about pedestrians and any of the following as they relate to California laws:
Watch YouTube Video: Safe Steps Road Safety: Pedestrians. This video aims at raising awareness and providing simple life-saving educational messages on pedestrian safety.Folsom Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Folsom, please contact us to address your concerns. We would be happy to provide you with a no-cost consultation to provide you with options after your accident.
You can reach out to our Folsom injury lawyers at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400 for free, friendly advice.
Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 7.28.21]
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