The law instructs drivers to take extra care around pedestrians — and for good reason. In a collision between a car and a human body, the human body almost always takes serious damage. In fact, the California Driver Handbook reports that one out of every six traffic fatalities is the death of a pedestrian. With nothing to protect them but clothes, pedestrians hit by cars suffer wrongful deaths and serious, catastrophic injuries, including paralysis and brain injuries. When these injuries were caused by a driver’s carelessness, victims and their loved ones should contact a Riverside pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss their legal rights.
Because of these dangers, California law gives drivers a special obligation to watch for and yield to people on foot (or on skateboards, wheelchairs, etc). While pedestrians still have a legal obligation to be careful, drivers must yield to pedestrians in all crosswalks and intersections, regardless of how they are marked. They also must yield, when possible, to pedestrians doing unsafe things, such as running into the road from between two parked cars. And the law typically requires drivers to take special care around children, blind people and elderly or disabled people who need extra time to cross the road.
Unfortunately, our experience as Riverside pedestrian accident attorneys is that many drivers simply ignore these laws. Because of inattention, impatience or aggressive driving, some drivers consistently pull through crosswalks without looking; talk on the phone or text while driving; speed through neighborhood streets and school zones; ignore traffic signals; and drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These and other unsafe moves rarely end with a serious injury for the driver — but for people outside the vehicle, they can be deadly. They are also traffic infractions or, in some cases, criminal law-breaking, which makes the driver clearly liable in any Inland Empire pedestrian accident lawsuit the victims may file.
If you or a loved one was hit by a car while traveling on foot, our law firm can help. Over more than 25 years in business, we have helped more than 25,000 Californians hold careless drivers legally and financially responsible for their own actions. In a pedestrian accident lawsuit, we can help you win money to cover all of the costs related to the accident, including future medical costs and the cost of lost wages from time you were forced to take off work. You can also claim compensation for non-financial but very real damages, such as a serious injury, permanent disability or wrongful death. Our Riverside accident lawyers negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to get 90% of our cases settled before trial — but if necessary, we are not afraid to prove your claim in a court of law.
Our firm offers free consultations, meetings at which we can learn about your case and tell you more about your legal options. Call us now at (951) 327-5720 to schedule your consultation today.
For those injured outside of Riverside County, we have pedestrian accident lawyers in Los Angeles, accident lawyers in Orange County, injury attorneys in San Bernardino and Las Vegas pedestrian injury lawyers to help you.