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.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries in a traffic accident as a pedestrian, call our experienced injury attorneys at (916) 921-6400 for a free case evaluation.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 legs, internal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
One of the leading 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. 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 particular 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 Street and Blue Ravine Road
- Blue Ravine Road and Prairie Street
- Folsom Road and Iron Point Road
- Iron Point Road and Prairie City Road
- Natoma Street and Oakdale Street
- Riley Street. and Sutter Street
California legislation specifies that drivers have 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 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 to protect them, including children and the elderly.
After an accident, contact our legal team 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 FAQ
I wasn’t in a crosswalk when I was hit by a car. Do I still have a case?
Even if you were not in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident, the driver who hit you still had to be vigilant for pedestrians. There may be other reasons that contributed to your crash, such as the driver being distracted. It might be wise to consult with a lawyer who can conduct a complete investigation to determine who was at fault. California is a pure comparative negligence state, which means even if you are partially at fault for your injuries, you can still recover damages proportional to the motorist’s percentage of fault.
What duty is placed upon me as a pedestrian to avoid accidents?
Pedestrians are required by law to obey traffic signals and signs. Every pedestrian has the duty to make careful observations of traffic conditions they encounter. Pedestrians should not cross a street if they see vehicles approaching. A pedestrian who is outside of a crosswalk is entitled to the same protections as someone who is in a crosswalk. However, if you are partially at fault for the accident, you can still file a claim against the vehicle driver who is at fault.
Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Folsom, CA
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.
For free, friendly advice, you can reach out to our Folsom pedestrian accident lawyers at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400.
Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 5.11.22]
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