In Southern California, it is not uncommon for people to exercise by walking or walk to get to work or school. At the same time, due to the vast population and sprawling nature of the area, many motorists are also rushing to places in their vehicles. This combination can lead to serious, and sometimes deadly, pedestrian accidents. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, or even if a pedestrian is injured due to a fall, those injuries can be devastating. Orange County pedestrian accident attorneys at the Serendib Law Firm assist victims in pursuing proper legal action against those responsible. Injuries such as broken bones, head trauma, or spinal cord damage all require significant recovery times, as well as growing expenses accompanying that recovery. Our firm can help make sure the parties who caused a victim’s harm bear the burden of the costs. In cases where a pedestrian accident is fatal, our attorneys work with families to ensure those liable for their loved one’s death are held accountable. If you need help exploring your legal options following a pedestrian accident, contact the Serendib Law Firm to speak with an attorney today.Southern California Pedestrian Accidents
When involved in a collision, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to suffer a fatality than drivers or passengers of a vehicle. Elderly victims as well as children between five and fifteen years old are also susceptible to more life-threatening injuries when struck while walking.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents involving a motor vehicle include:
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted drivers
- Driver fatigue
- Running stop signs or red lights
If you, or a loved one, has been struck by a car, or another vehicle, it is important to contact a knowledgeable pedestrian accident lawyer in Orange County as soon as possible who can make sure the proper evidence is preserved in case litigation is necessary.
In addition to accidents involving cars, pedestrians can be injured by dangerous conditions such as a poorly maintained sidewalk or roadway. Because individuals on foot do not have the protections of either a vehicle around them, or safety wear like helmets, pedestrian accidents often lead to the most severe injuries. Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, internal bleedings, and broken bones are all common for victims who are involved in an accident as a pedestrian.Liability for Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
When a pedestrian falls on a sidewalk, they may be able to pursue a premises liability claim against the municipality, or other party, responsible for making sure that walkway is maintained properly and free from hazards. If you have suffered a fall due to a dangerous sidewalk or road, a seasoned Southern California injury attorney can help you determine your legal options.
In many situations, however, it is a negligent driver who is to blame for causing injuries to a pedestrian. Under California law, pedestrians have the right-of-way most of the time. Under the California Vehicle Code, cars are required to yield to persons walking both in designated crosswalks as well as in unmarked walkways within an intersection. Additionally, all motorists also owe pedestrians a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent driver would given the same or similar circumstances. A breach of this duty of care that leads to pedestrian’s injury or death is considered negligence and gives rise to legal liability. Breaches can include driving at excessive speeds, disregarding crosswalk signs, or other reckless actions leading to an accident. Once negligence is established, a defendant can be responsible for damages including past and future medical costs, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. In wrongful death claims, family members may recover compensation for any outstanding medical costs suffered by the victim before their death, as well as burial or funeral costs and loss of support.Orange County Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a pedestrian accident, Orange County lawyers at the Serendib Law Firm can help make sure the proper parties are held accountable. Our firm offers comprehensive and compassionate legal representation for victims of these accidents. We understand that suffering a serious injury, or losing a loved one, is an overwhelming time and we are committed to making sure the legal process does not add to this stress. The Serendib Law Firm assists clients not only in Orange County but throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. If you have questions about your legal rights after a pedestrian accident, contact us at 1-800-LAW-8225 (800-529-8825) or online to find out more.