Walking is generally considered a healthy activity, and it should be. But getting around on foot can also be hazardous to your health. A pedestrian is killed every two hours on the average, and one is injured every eight minutes. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians died in traffic accidents and around 70,000 were injured throughout the United States. In that same period, California saw an increase in pedestrian fatalities—from 567 in 2009 to 599 in 2010.
Catastrophic Injuries Are Common in Pedestrian Accidents
An unprotected human body slammed into by a machine weighing several thousand pounds is likely to suffer the worst kinds of injuries. Pedestrian accident injuries often include life-changing traumatic brain injuries, paralyzing spinal cord injuries, herniated discs, shattered bones, internal organ damage, and others. Those who survive brain and spinal cord injuries are often unable to ever return to work or live independently and may be permanently dependent on others for their care.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
Many pedestrian accidents happen because of driver negligence and could be prevented. Driver behaviors that cause accidents with pedestrians include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Driving when using certain prescription drugs
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failing to stop at crosswalks
- Passing stopped school buses
- Driving too close to pedestrians on narrow roads
- Driving while overtired
Pedestrian Accident Compensation Claims Against Negligent Drivers
Any one of these common causes of injury or death to pedestrians involves negligence on the part of a driver. When you have been injured or a member of your family has been killed as a result of a driver’s negligence, you’re entitled to claim monetary compensation for your economic and non-economic losses. For the best results, you should work with a Sacramento personal injury lawyer with many years of experience pursuing pedestrian accident claims for clients. In Sacramento, your best choice when you need a lawyer is the law firm of Shepard &Haven.
Experience that Counts
Ronald Haven and Kenneth Shepard have both been practicing law for 35 years and have a long and distinguished record, with many verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars in high-value catastrophic injury cases. Although every accident is different, you will have the benefit of our 70 years of combined experience to ensure the best possible recovery for you, consistent with the circumstances of your accident.
Shepard & Haven is a client-focused law practice where we’ll get to know you personally and will keep you informed, answer your questions honestly, and consider your needs, involving you in the decision-making process at every stage of the process. We care about every client and will never accept less than a total compensation offer sufficient to cover all your medical bills, both present and future, lost earnings and earning potential, and other economic losses, as well as compensating you for the pain, suffering, disability, and diminished quality of life your accident has caused.
As soon after your accident as you can, contact Shepard & Haven to schedule a time to come in and talk to us about your accident. It is extremely important not to delay, because California law places strict limits on the amount of time you have to file suit following a pedestrian accident or wrongful death. Don’t risk losing your right to a recovery—call our Sacramento pedestrian accident lawyer today.
Don’t worry about the cost of hiring some of Sacramento’s most experienced lawyers. You’ll never pay us for expenses or legal fees unless we win money for you!