Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident, call Wilshire Law Firm immediately at 1-800-522-7274.
Being struck by a reckless or distracted driver can result in severe injuries and even death. Dealing with the aftermath can be overwhelming.
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The Best Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in CaliforniaCalifornia’s major cities have seen an alarming increase in pedestrian accidents and deaths in recent years. Smartphones, speeding and ever more cars and people sharing the road are all contributing factors for this unfortunate spike. Unlike car accidents, pedestrian accidents are almost always catastrophic or even deadly. Along with devastating injuries, victims are burdened with steep medical bills, lost income and long recovery periods. And that’s without considering the mental toll that such a serious accident can have. Most pedestrian accident victims have no idea of what to do in the aftermath of an accident. At Wilshire Law Firm, we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to help you take the right steps towards recovery and resolution.
Pedestrian Accident Risk FactorsAmong the most common reasons why pedestrian accidents occur are:
- Time of Day: Many pedestrian accidents occur at night. Poor visibility and an increase in the number of motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol make can make for dangerous conditions. On a side note, dawn and dusk also see a spike in accidents as both pedestrians and drivers have to deal with low sun and the accompanying glare.
- Distracted Driving: The number of pedestrian accidents caused by texting while driving has skyrocketed in recent years. In spite of wide-scale public service campaigns and laws against this dangerously bad habit, motorists continue to hit pedestrians simply because they had their eyes on their phone screen instead of the road.
- Reckless Driving: Speeding, drunk driving and fatigue all put pedestrians in danger. Studies show that there isn’t much of a difference between the reflexes of a drunk driver and one who is sleepy behind the wheel. On the flip side, impatient and aggressive drivers also pose a threat to pedestrians.
Determining Fault in a Pedestrian AccidentIn most cases, the motorist is to blame when a pedestrian accident occurs. However, the police will still work to determine how events unfolded and question everyone involved. For example, if there is a discrepancy as to whether anyone was on their cellphone, that person’s cellphone records can be subpoenaed to clarify the situation. If the accident occurred in a busy intersection, more than likely there were witnesses as well. Fault can be more difficult to determine when there are special circumstances involved such as:
- Unmarked or poorly marked crosswalks: Sometimes there are doubts as to whether the pedestrian hit was in a legal crosswalk or not. But keep in mind, even if someone is guilty of jaywalking, that doesn’t give a motorist the right to hit them.
- Construction areas: If a pedestrian is forced to walk in the street due to construction or a blocked public sidewalk, other entities besides the motorist who hit them may also be held liable for the accident.