Seeking Compensation After A Devastating Pedestrian Accident
More and more Californians are making the switch from driving to walking as a way to improve their health and the environment. Unfortunately, the state’s infrastructure was built around automobile traffic, and driving culture continues to dominate major cities.
Pedestrians rarely get the courtesy or protection they deserve, which is evident in the high rate of injurious and fatal pedestrian accidents in Southern California. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a negligent driver, the attorneys at The Ellis Firm, APLC, are ready to help you seek full and fair compensation. Call our El Centro pedestrian accident lawyers today at 760-348-8246.
The Law Is On Your Side And Drivers Owe A Duty Of Care
Under California law, pedestrians have the right of way if they are crossing at an intersection (with or without a marked cross walk). As a pedestrian, you do not have the right of way if you enter the street or attempt to cross outside of an intersection/crosswalk area.
However, even if you are not in a cross walk, the law requires drivers to “exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.” Motorists cannot simply run someone over because they didn’t cross at the intersection. This is especially true in residential zones, school zones or downtown areas with lots of pedestrians.
The Serious Medical Consequences Of Being Struck By A Car
Pedestrians have no external protection in a collision, which is why injuries often include:
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Head wounds and traumatic brain injuries
- Lacerations and cuts
- Organ and tissue damage
Recovery from these injuries can take months or years, and some injuries may become permanent disabilities. When you decide to pursue legal action against the at-fault driver, we calculate the substantial costs related to past, present and future medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity and pain and suffering.
Proving Driver Negligence
Many pedestrian accidents are simply the result of driver inattention and carelessness. Examples include:
- Being distracted by a cellphone
- Being distracted by passengers
- Driving with an obstructed view that doesn’t allow a full field of vision
- Failing to keep a lookout while going through an intersection or making a right/left turn
- Speeding or driving aggressively
In many cases, we may be able to pull video evidence from traffic cameras to demonstrate negligent driver behavior. Even when such evidence is not available, however, we will work diligently to reconstruct the accident scene and show how and why the driver was at fault for the crash.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation About Your Injuries
From our office in El Centro, The Ellis Firm, APLC, serves clients throughout Imperial County and the Imperial Valley. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with one of our skilled personal injury lawyers, call us at 760-348-8246 or send us an email.