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How to Be a Safe Pedestrian

Posted on in Personal Injury

California accident lawyer, California pedestrian accidentWith the recent increase in pedestrian fatalities in the United States, it is important to understand what is expected of pedestrians and how pedestrians can avoid accidents with motor vehicles. Pedestrian fatalities occur in about 22 percent of all deadly traffic accidents in California.

Who Is a Pedestrian?

Pedestrians are those traveling on foot but also include many others. For example, rollerbladers and skateboarders are classified as pedestrians, but those on bicycles are not. Additionally, a person with a disability using a wheelchair or some other piece of equipment for transportation is a pedestrian.

Safety Tips for Drivers and Pedestrians

  • Be aware of hybrid or electric cars that are not as loud as standard cars.
  • Pedestrians should only cross at crosswalks where they have the right-of-way whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked.
  • Drivers should exercise extreme caution at a crosswalks. For example, cars should not attempt to pass a car stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Cars should never stop in a crosswalk.
  • Pedestrians should be aware of their intoxication levels. Drunk pedestrians are much more likely to be involved in an accident.
  • Texting while walking, while not a crime, does contribute to accidents. Pedestrians should pay attention to their surroundings.

Common Pedestrian Injuries

In an accident involving a pedestrian and a car, the pedestrian can be critically injured, while motorists can usually walk away from the crash with few injuries. Pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones;
  • Head injuries;
  • Soft tissue damage; and
  • Sprains and joint dislocations.

These injuries can be severe and require extensive and long-term treatment. For example, a pedestrian accident victim may require surgeries and rehabilitation. The victim may need to live in a special facility while healing, leaving family members without support.

Head injuries can be difficult to diagnose and a full recovery may not be medically possible. With serious injuries, medical and financial experts will be required so that accident victims are fully compensated. Failure to use and attorney and experts may mean that you will not get the care or resources you are entitled to under the law.

Contact a San Jose, CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Our firm has helped many accident victims get the care and compensation they need and hold wrongdoers accountable. If the insurance company is not being reasonable, our attorneys are equipped to take your pedestrian accident case to trial. Call the knowledgeable San Jose pedestrian accident lawyers at the Jachimowicz Law Group at 408-246-5500. Our firm offers free initial consultations.

 

Sources:

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170330/pedestrian-traffic-deaths-rise-nationwide-but-fall-in-california

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1dmy&urile=wcm:path:/dmv_content_en/dmv/pubs/hdbk/right_of_way

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