Over 110,000 pedestrians are injured every year in the United States and almost 60,000 pedestrians are killed. People of all ages are affected by these staggering statistics, but school age children and the elderly are the most vulnerable. In fact, 41% of pedestrian fatalities nationwide occur between 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon.
The most severe traffic incidents that take place are those which involve pedestrians. A pedestrian is entirely exposed to serious injuries when struck by a moving vehicle. Even a somewhat slow moving vehicle can cause fractures and other serious injuries to a pedestrian.
Motor vehicle operators have a responsibility to adhere to the laws of the road and drive in a safe and observant manner at all times. Pedestrians are injured and killed every day due to a driver’s negligence.
Pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles may have a claim against the driver but they must prove that the driver was negligent and that his negligence caused the accident. The very nature of the circumstances suggests that the driver would ultimately be responsible. However, pedestrians must also adhere to the laws of the road.
Be aware that the driver’s insurance company lawyers will try to blame YOU for the accident by claiming that your negligence caused the accident. To protect your legal rights following severe injury or wrongful death resulting from a pedestrian accident, it is wise to immediately consult CALIFORNIA LAWYERS GROUP. Call us today at 1-800-4-INJURED or Contact Us Online.