Pedestrian Accident Attorney San Diego
In 2012, 4743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
Any collision between a car and a pedestrian can lead to severe injuries to the pedestrian. In some situations, the pedestrian may be held partly responsible for the crash. However, even in such situations, the driver of the motor vehicle is often at least partly negligent. If the driver was violating traffic laws, or otherwise failed to act like a reasonable person would have under the circumstances, the driver would be at least partly liable for any injuries caused by the collision.
Pedestrian accidents are most likely to occur when:
- Careless drivers ignore the presence of pedestrians in pedestrian friendly areas such as parking lots or school zones;
- Pedestrians cross the street without the aid of a signal or crosswalk;
- Motorists fail to turn on their headlights at night; and
- Drivers fail to yield the right of way at intersections.
It is important to remember that pedestrians must obey traffic lights and crossing signals. But once a pedestrian lawfully enters a crosswalk, all drivers must yield.
Pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic that can result in permanent disabilities such as:
- Severe head trauma
- Broken neck
- Serious spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
If you have been injured or harmed in a pedestrian accident or if you are the relative of someone killed as the result of a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, you should seek competent legal advice as soon as possible.
In cases like these, insurance companies almost always blame the pedestrian for the cause of the accident. Please donâ€™t be fooled by an insurance claims adjustor or a defense attorney trying to convince you that you or a loved one are the cause of the accident. These types of cases need to be taken to a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney at the law offices of Howard A. Kitay, who is experienced in handling pedestrian automobile accidents.
There is no end to the dangers that cars pose to people walking, which is exactly why there are laws to protect pedestrians. If you would like to take action against a negligent or reckless driver, please contact our San Diego office today. You have the legal right to claim compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional duress
- Lost wages
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death
If you were injured in a San Diego pedestrian accident, you should pursue all the necessary medical treatment and contact a personal injury attorney at the law offices of Howard A. Kitay as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys will investigate the accident, collect all the related police, insurance, and medical reports, and bring together the strongest case possible in support of your claim.
A pedestrian accident lawyer can help you understand how much money you can recover by filing a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit can help pedestrian accident victims gain financial security as well as a sense of closure in knowing that the person responsible for their injuries will be held accountable by a court of law.
It is important to understand that you must file a personal injury lawsuit within a certain amount of time after your pedestrian accident. Most personal injury lawsuits have a statute of limitations of two years. Contact the law offices of Howard A. Kitay today at 619-578-2222 to discuss your legal options to recover financial compensation. Our San Diego pedestrian accident attorneys fight hard for all of our clients to recover the maximum award because we know your medical costs alone are significant and burdensome.