On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes, and they account for eleven percent of auto vehicle fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 697 pedestrian fatalities occurred in California traffic collision in 2014. Of these, 281 pedestrian fatalities occurred in Los Angeles County, making Los Angeles the deadliest county in California for pedestrians. In fact, Los Angeles had more than three times the number of pedestrian fatalities of Maricopa County, Arizona, the second deadliest county on the list.
Motor vehicle drivers and pedestrians are both required to follow traffic laws, and both have a duty to use reasonable care. However, because a motor vehicle is a dangerous instrumentality, the amount of caution expected from drivers far exceeds that of pedestrians.
While people of all ages are hit by cars as they cross streets or walk along roads, children are more often than not the victims of pedestrian accidents because they’re harder for drivers to spot and often act unpredictably. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
They may also suffer a litany of other injuries including, but not limited to, paralysis, coma, fractures, and ligamentous tears.
It’s likely that the driver of the vehicle is the responsible party, but if the driver that caused the accident is uninsured, our personal injury lawyers may still be able to obtain compensation for damages from the victim’s own auto insurance company. If a street lacks proper lighting, proper signage, or if a signal malfunctioned, a personal injury attorney will also look into whether the local municipality bears any responsibility for the accident.
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