Placerville Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Walking has always been common in Placerville since the old days of stagecoaches and horses. In recent times, pedestrians have become more common as they are elsewhere in the state. Pedestrians walk for pleasure, run errands, go to work and get exercise and fresh air. However, with heavier traffic and more pedestrians, the number of accidents and serious injuries increases. When a pedestrian is injured by a motorist or other entity, they may wish to file a compensation claim to pay for their accident injuries.Getting Help Following a Placerville Pedestrian Accident
At AutoAccident.com, we’ve successfully defended the rights of Placerville pedestrians to get fair compensation for many years. Our legal team not only provides compassionate, helpful support but keeps our clients in the loop as their claim progresses. We’re all family and work hard to ease the financial burden faced by many pedestrians injured by someone else’s negligence.What Qualifies as a Pedestrian?
Every day, most people are pedestrians, at least for short periods of time. A pedestrian is someone who walks on foot or uses mobility aids such as a wheelchair or cane. A pedestrian can also be someone on a skateboard, scooter, walking a bicycle, or pushing a baby stroller. Although some injured pedestrians are strictly on foot, others may be walking to their car after grocery shopping or into a restaurant.What Kind of Compensation Can I Claim After a Pedestrian Accident?
A pedestrian injured by a motorist or other entity such as a business or government agency that maintains a crosswalk or park can claim the following:
- All medical expenses associated with the accident can be recovered. This includes the ambulance fee, hospitalization, testing, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation. If home health care is required, it can include home modification, medical appliances, and the cost of a medical caretaker. If the injury continues into the future, those costs are added in.
- Lost wages from being unable to work are recoverable, including any bonuses or the value of additional perks of the job.
- Lost earning capacity is added if the injured pedestrian takes a lower-paying job, and the difference is factored into the settlement. If they can no longer work, that is factored in too until the age of retirement.
- Disfigurement such as scarring or a lost limb can be recovered for the injured party’s mental suffering.
- Loss of consortium, companionship, and affection for the spouse is recoverable.
- Mental anguish is recoverable, which may include anxiety, nightmares, or sleeplessness. In some cases, the injured party may develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which requires professional treatment.
Accidents involving pedestrians are generally caused by the driver of a motor vehicle. However, not all of them are. According to the National Safety Council, 7,668 people died in 2019 due to a pedestrian accident. Some of the most common causes of a pedestrian injury accident include:
- Distracted driving: Motorists who are busy texting, talking on a phone, chatting with passengers, and doing other activities can miss seeing a pedestrian until it’s too late.
- Drunk driving: When a driver has been drinking, their motor skills are impaired, and their judgment and ability to react quickly in an emergency. This makes it easy for the driver to miss seeing a pedestrian, especially after dark or during periods of inclement weather.
- Government negligence: When a government entity has failed to maintain crosswalks, traffic lights, or trim overgrown shrubbery, it can lead to a pedestrian accident. The government entity can be held liable in these instances.
- Backing: Many accidents occur when a motorist backs out of a parking space or driveway without checking first to see if a pedestrian is crossing behind them.
- Failure to stop: A driver who runs a stop sign or traffic light is often the cause of a pedestrian accident. Speeding can also contribute to this type of collision because the driver doesn’t have enough time to slow down before striking someone on foot.
There are ways in which a pedestrian can lower their risk of being in an accident. Some of the tips that follow might help:
- Always walk on a sidewalk whenever possible. If there is no sidewalk, stay near the curb and face oncoming traffic.
- Use a crosswalk with designated signals whenever possible. If there isn’t one you want to cross, but a designated crosswalk is one street over, it’s worth walking that extra block.
- Obey traffic laws and never jaywalk. Motorists are not looking for pedestrians crossing in the middle of the block.
- Wear bright colors during the day to make yourself more visible for increased pedestrian safety. After dark, wear light colors, carry a flashlight, and reflective strips on your jacket make it easier to see.
- Remember what your family taught you, and always look left, right, left before crossing.
- Don’t assume a driver will stop for you at a crosswalk. Always wait until all vehicles are stopped before stepping off the curb.
- Don’t use alcohol or drugs before going out on foot. It can be just as dangerous to a pedestrian as it is to a driver.
- Watch out for vehicles backing from driveways and in parking lots. You may just be starting to cross behind them but aren’t yet in their field of vision.
Watch the YouTube video below for more pedestrian safety tips.
Related articles by Placerville pedestrian accident lawyer Ed Smith:
- Bone Fractures Caused by Pedestrian Accidents
- Older Pedestrians and Accident Injuries
- How Car Speed Increases the Risk of Pedestrian Injuries
When you’ve been injured by another’s negligent actions, you may be able to claim compensation to pay for your losses. For our free, friendly advice on whether you can file a claim for damages, call our injury lawyers at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400.
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