Folsom Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The great weather in Folsom makes the 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 were injured from getting hit by a vehicle while walking, call our experienced Folsom pedestrian injury attorneys at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for a free case evaluation.National Statistics on Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 6,516 pedestrians in the United States died in 2020, and approximately 55,000 pedestrians sustained injuries. While accidents between two vehicles can result in death, pedestrian accidents are even more dangerous because of the vulnerability of those on foot.
Without protection, the pedestrian is at the mercy of tons of moving steel that often kills upon impact. Even at relatively slow speeds, the pedestrian can sustain bone fractures, internal trauma, head injury, amputations, and other significant injuries. The most common injuries include broken legs, internal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.Top Causes of Pedestrian Crashes
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 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.
Other common reasons for car vs. pedestrian accidents in California include the following:
- 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 intersections in the city of Folsom 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 drivers watch for pedestrians and pay attention to the road. In addition, drivers bear the most responsibility for watching for pedestrians, especially in areas 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.Insurance That Covers a Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Crash
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 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:
The following 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?
What duty is placed upon me as a pedestrian to avoid accidents?
Pedestrians are required by California 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.
Call Our Folsom Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
If you were hit by a car while walking, contact our legal team at AutoAccident.com today to address your concerns. Call (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 to talk to one of our pedestrian injury attorneys serving Folsom, CA. We would be happy to review your case and provide free, friendly advice.
Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 12.2.22]
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