Rosemont Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents cause many injuries and deaths every year in Sacramento County and elsewhere in the state. California leads in the number of pedestrian deaths with 460 reported in 2019 and a jump of 5 percent during the first six months of 2020. Pedestrians are vulnerable to injuries during a traffic accident due to their lack of protection. Many accidents involving pedestrians result in permanent pain and long-term disability.
At AutoAccident.com, we’ve represented many Rosemont clients since 1982 and helped them get the compensation they deserve following a pedestrian accident. We understand the trauma you experience and your pain and suffering and are here to help you in your time of need. No one should suffer injuries or the loss of a loved one and be responsible for the financial burden. That is the responsibility of the at-fault party. Our injury attorneys are there for you throughout the process to answer your questions and keep you abreast of all developments in your case.Types of Injuries Caused by a Pedestrian Accident
Although a pedestrian who is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle can experience a wide range of injuries, the following are the most common:
- Lower extremity injuries: The lower extremities are where the body of a pedestrian is most likely to be struck by a motor vehicle. Almost half of the pedestrians in accidents suffer these types of injuries. A fractured pelvis, broken bones, and muscle and ligament trauma are common.
- Head, face, and neck injuries: If a pedestrian is struck and is lifted off their feet, they often strike the hood of the vehicle or the windshield. Around 38 percent of injured pedestrians exhibit trauma to the head, face, or neck. Some of those injuries can include a dislocated shoulder, fractured jaw, traumatic brain injuries, and trauma to the vertebrae.
- Upper body injuries: Aside from injuries to the head, face and neck, pedestrians can suffer injuries to their upper body, such as in the hands, wrists, and arms. Chest and abdominal injuries may also occur.
If a pedestrian suffers serious injuries because of a negligent motorist or other entity, they can end up facing mounting medical bills, lost wages from the inability to work, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. If they wish to pursue a claim for compensation, it can include:
- Medical expenses: Medical costs that have arisen as a result of the accident are all recoverable. These include the ambulance fee, hospital stay, prescriptions, surgeries, specialists, testing, and physical therapy. If the injury is expected to continue or is permanent and requires further medical treatment, that is factored into the cost.
- Out-of-pocket expenses: The cost of going to the doctor for appointments such as gasoline or using a vehicle for hire and other out-of-pocket expenses can be recovered.
- Home care: Many times, an injured person returns home after an injury to continue recuperating. However, they may require a walker, wheelchair, or even a home healthcare worker to aid them. Those are recoverable damages.
- Lost wages: Unpaid salary from the inability to work plus any other bonuses or the like from the job is recoverable.
- Job change due to the injury: In some cases, the injury suffered by the pedestrian prevents them from returning to their job. If they have to change jobs and the pay is lower, the difference can be compensated.
- Enjoyment of life: An injured party whose life is disrupted because they can no longer participate in activities they once enjoyed can claim compensation for the loss. For example, someone who participated in marathons enjoyed hiking or some other physical activity and can no longer do so can ask for compensation.
- Scarring and disfigurement: Disfigurement and scars can not only cause physical problems but emotional and psychological damage. Compensation can be recovered in addition to the cost of restorative surgery, which is usually not covered by insurance.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: Some people suffer severe anxiety, depression, fear and other symptoms following an accident. If professional care is needed to treat PTSD, the cost can be recovered.
- Loss of consortium: This is the loss of the love and affection of the injured party that can be recovered for the spouse. Sometimes the injured party joins the spouse in the claim for loss of consortium.
There are a number of things that a motorist can do to help prevent accidents involving pedestrians. Some of the following suggestions might help:
- Avoid distracted driving: Distracted driving is the number one cause of all types of accidents, including those that involve pedestrians. Texting, talking with passengers in the car or on a cell phone takes the driver’s eyes and focus off the roadway.
- Use extra caution at intersections: Many pedestrian injury accidents occur at intersections. Always stop before you reach the crosswalk, keep a sharp eye out and proceed with caution.
- Obey traffic laws: Speeding, running a red light, and other reckless behaviors cause many pedestrian accident injuries each year.
- Avoid fatigued driving: A driver who is overly tired can miss spotting a pedestrian in a crosswalk or may accidentally run a red light.
- Exercise patience: Children, the elderly, and the disabled may require more time to cross the street. At a crosswalk, they have the right of way and should be yielded to.
- Use extra caution in bad weather: Rain, snow and sleet can obscure a pedestrian who is crossing the street. Adjust your speed accordingly and keep a cautious lookout for people on foot.
- Don’t drink and drive: Intoxicated drivers injure many people and cause serious accidents each year.
- Use caution when backing: Whether you are backing out of your own driveway or a space at a parking lot, there may be someone on foot starting to cross behind you. Make sure the way is clear before proceeding.
Watch the following YouTube video to learn more about pedestrian safety.
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I am Ed Smith, a Rosemont pedestrian accident lawyer. If a negligent driver or other entity caused your injury, call our injury lawyers for compassionate, free, and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400. We can also be reached at (800) 404-5400 or online.
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