Pedestrian Accident Attorney Santa Clara, Pittsburg, Corona, Vallejo
Pedestrians are often the vulnerable victims in accidents today. In fact, pedestrian injuries and fatality rates are on the increase. Consider these statistics:
- According to the California Department of Public Health, pedestrian fatalities have increased by 11 percent from 2007 to 2013.
- There were more than 225,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2013, according to the latest available data.
A Pedestrian has No Protection
Unfortunately, when a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, the pedestrian has little protection and virtually nothing to shield them from a moving vehicle. Consequently, a pedestrian is more likely to suffer serious injuries, even if the motor vehicle is traveling at a relatively slow speed.
Most accidents involving pedestrians are caused by drivers who
- Fail to check for pedestrians in a crosswalk
- Fail to stop at signs or lights
- Drive while distracted
- Are not attentive to their surroundings
- Drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Are speeding or otherwise driving recklessly
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Braff P.C., our experienced team of pedestrian accident lawyers in Santa Clara, Pittsburg, Corona, and Vallejo have represented the legal rights of victims throughout our careers and have diligently pursued financial compensation for their injuries.
The Costs of a Pedestrian Accident
The injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident are often traumatic and may even result in fatality. A victim may require extensive medical care and costly, long-term rehabilitation. These expenses can quickly overwhelm an accident victim and their family and can cause great financial hardships. And the emotional burdens of a family who have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident are heartbreaking.
Even collisions that are considered low-speed can be devastating to a pedestrian. Unfortunately, most pedestrian accidents today are the result of the driver’s negligence and could have been prevented. They can result in
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Fractures and orthopedic injuries
- Partial or full paralysis
Comparative Negligence as it Relates to Pedestrian Accidents
Here in California, the pedestrian has a more broad protection, particularly when these accidents occur in a crosswalk. Here, we have a “comparative negligence” approach to pedestrian accidents. This means that even if you are partly to blame for being hit by a vehicle, you can be recompensed for your injuries for the percentage of negligence by the driver. This is important to understand when you are pursuing a claim or lawsuit for your injuries.
We Will Fight for Your Rights
At the Law Offices of Braff P.C., our talented team of personal injury lawyers fights for the rights of the victim. Over our decades of experience in Santa Clara, Pittsburg, Corona, and Vallejo, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients who have been injured in pedestrian accidents.
After a serious accident, you owe it to yourself to understand your legal rights. Call the skilled personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Braff P.C. for a free consultation. You never pay until we recover compensation for you.