Stockton Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Throughout Stockton and the rest of California, many people make the decision to go outside and walk, jog, run, hike, or even sit, in close proximity to roadways every day. For many people, there are no negative consequences associated with these decisions, but when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the consequences are often tragic.
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 4,735 pedestrians killed and approximately 66,000 injured in 2013. This does not include individuals who were killed or injured on private property, including parking lots and driveways. There are many different reasons for these high numbers, but the sad reality is that negligence often plays a significant role in pedestrian accidents.
Under the law in California, a vehicle must yield to a pedestrian who is in a crosswalk or is traversing an intersection in a non-marked walkway. See California Vehicle Code 21950(a). This means that most, if not all, collisions between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian in these locations are the result of driver negligence. Many other pedestrian accident also are the fault of the driver, in whole or in part. It is crucial to retain a dedicated and skilled Stockton Pedestrian Accident Lawyer as soon as possible in order to pursue all available legal remedies.
There are many causes of accidents involving a motor vehicle and pedestrians, but some of the more common causes include:
- Driving while distracted – This broad catchall includes talking on the phone, texting, eating or drinking, attending to personal hygiene, arguing with a passenger, or engaging in any other action that takes a driver’s focus off the road;
- Driving while fatigued;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Failing to yield;
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or light;
- Failing to signal a turn; and
- Aggressive driving.
Regardless of the type of negligence that led to the accident, the fact is that many of these collisions leave the pedestrian with severe, long-term injuries. This means that they also are faced with daunting medical expenses, an inability to work at their chosen careers, a long path to recovery involving therapy and rehabilitation, and extensive physical pain and emotional suffering. This often places a significant burden on family members. In the terrible case where a pedestrian was killed because of a driver’s negligence, the family members also suffer from the devastating loss of the love and services that the deceased would have provided. It is possible to recover damages through settlement or court action, based on the nature of the injuries and the type of case that is brought.
A pedestrian who has been injured in a collision with a car faces the possibility of many different types of injuries. In a lot of accidents, the arms, legs, and head of a pedestrian are impacted most severely. Some common injuries from this type of accident include:
- Brain injuries, which may lead to a coma;
- Spinal injuries, including damage that results in paraplegia or quadriplegia;
- Broken or fractured bones;
- Limb amputation;
- Permanent disfigurement; and
A person who has been injured, or who has lost a loved one, following a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian should contact a skilled Stockton Pedestrian Accident Lawyer immediately.
Contact the Law Offices of Edward Smith Today
I’m Ed Smith, a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer, with the primary accident information site on the web, www.AutoAccident.com. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as the result of an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle, call me, Ed Smith, now at (209) 227-1931. You also can call our toll free number at (800) 404-5400 to receive friendly advice during a free initial consultation. The Stockton Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Edward Smith are ready to get to work for you immediately.
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Our Stockton address is:
Law Offices of Edward A. Smith
235 N. San Joaquin St
Stockton, CA 95202
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