No state has more pedestrian accidents than California, and the Golden State bears a mortality rate that’s 255 higher than the national average. In 2018, 893 pedestrians were hit and killed by automobiles on California roadways, a 26% increase from 2014.
This bad problem is getting worse, and pedestrian accident lawyers in Newport Beach are working overtime to try to handle all the pedestrian lawsuits against drivers who hit them. Anyone who is hit by a car while crossing the street is entitled to financial compensation unless they clearly jumped in front of the car on purpose.
Even though you can get paid after a pedestrian accident, you should avoid them at all costs.
Drivers and pedestrians both need to work to avoid these kinds of accidents. Getting hit by a car can be injurious and even deadly, leaving your family members to pick up the pieces. Certain kinds of people are more susceptible to pedestrian collisions, which our accident injury lawyers detail below.
Risk Factors by Demographic
Seniors are more at risk regarding pedestrian accidents, in fact, people over the age of 65 accounted for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and 10% of all pedestrian injuries in 2017.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, children are understandably at a high risk for pedestrian accidents. Children are less aware of their surroundings, and they can fall victim to drivers who fail to react in time.
Those living in urban areas are also more likely to be involved in a pedestrian collision, which can be partially blamed for California’s high pedestrian accident rates. In a densely populated area, like any city along the coast, more people means more cars, and this is a recipe for a crash.
In terms of job occupation, certain careers put people near roadways more often than others. Construction workers hold the statistic for the most dangerous occupation, and this is partially because they work near roadways, often at night, which leaves them at risk for a collision with a vehicle.
Crossing the Street
Most pedestrians are hit while crossing the street, so it’s crucial for both pedestrians and drivers to use caution at intersections and crosswalks.
Cross streets at a designated crosswalk or intersection whenever possible because cars are looking out for pedestrians when they approach these areas. Pedestrians have the right of way at designated crosswalks, which have white reflective stripes and a sign warning drivers of potential pedestrians. If a car hits you while you are at a crosswalk, you have a clear case for financial compensation and you should document what happened and contact a personal injury attorney immediately.
If you were crossing at a random point in the street, you are jaywalking, and this is significantly more dangerous. California is a shared fault state, so getting hit by a car while jaywalking will significantly complicate your claim to compensation. The defense will argue that you share liability for the accident because you chose to act negligently by not waiting until an intersection or crosswalk to cross the roadway.
Alcohol and Drug Use
Alcohol use plays a part in almost half of all reported pedestrian collisions. Our accident attorneys frequently hear stories of drunk drivers hitting and killing pedestrians. On top of that, pedestrians are more likely to act recklessly or negligently if they’ve been drinking.
Drinking on both the driver and pedestrian side increases the risk of an accident.
Similar to driving while intoxicated, distracted driving also contributes to accidents. In all of these situations, your reaction time is slowed and you are less likely to notice someone walking in front of your car, especially if they are wearing dark or neutral colors.
Poor visibility is a huge contributor to pedestrian accidents. You are more likely to get hit by a car if you are out walking or running at night or during poor weather conditions.
Not being able to see well increases the chance that a driver will not realize the proximity of a pedestrian until too late, if they see them at all.
To limit this issue, drivers should always use their headlights when driving at night and in the rain. Pedestrians should wear brightly colored and/or reflective clothing to increase visibility. Colors such as orange, yellow, and white are perfect for seeing in the dark. If you don’t want to renew your wardrobe, you can buy a yellow, reflective traffic vest to wear over your clothes.
Contacting an Attorney
At Accident Lawyers Firm, our motto is “we’re here to help you heal,” and this means supporting our clients from the day of the accident to the day compensation in deposited into their bank account. We fight for the highest settlement so that our clients have enough money to recover from the accident in comfort.
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