The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that each year approximately 5,000 pedestrians die as a result of accidents involving motor vehicle. There is now a continued push for individuals to exercise, and many cities are developing attractive streets and parks to promote more pedestrians and reduce the number of cars on the road. Unfortunately, the incline in pedestrians goes hand-in-hand with increase in pedestrian-accidents.
In any collision with a car or a truck, pedestrians have little protection against bodily harm and even death. Pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles often suffer significant injuries and required significant medical care. Car insurance policies for offending drivers often have limited policy that is insufficient to cover the medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. As such, it is important to consult with a qualified attorney who will examine and consider all avenues of recovery.
The problem with pedestrians is that they are often very difficult to see. Drivers today are more distracted than ever while driving with the massive availability of MP3 players, portable DVD players, cell phones, and iPads. A distracted and negligent driver can easily crash into a pedestrian and ruin their lives. While most pedestrian-involved accidents take place while pedestrians are in a crosswalk, there are different places that a motor vehicle can strike a pedestrian.
In order to protect pedestrians, California enacted several laws that apply to pedestrians. Unfortunately, drivers of motor vehicles often ignore those laws, resulting in pedestrians being injured. Some of the laws protecting pedestrians include:
- The requirement for drivers to stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing in marked or unmarked crosswalks or at intersections. Even when outside of a crosswalk, motor vehicle drives are required to use caution when driving.
- Motorists must never drive on sidewalks that are designated as safe routes for pedestrians.
- Motorists must also stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other vehicles especially when pulling out parking lots or driveways.
As many pedestrian-involved accidents result in death, the ability of family members to recover damages is important. A wrongful death claim is a mechanism that allows one to recover for the death of a pedestrian. A wrongful death claim seeks compensation from at-fault parties for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship.
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