5,376 innocent pedestrians lose their lives in 2015, according to the CDC. Every unwarranted death happened during a traffic accident, with an additional 129,000 pedestrians legally using crosswalks were treated for injuries sustained during car accidents. In fact, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die walking then passengers of cars involved in an accident. Crosswalks can be as dangerous as highways.
Victims and their loved ones aggrieved and seriously injured can trust Compass Law Group, PC to hold vehicles or other negligent parties accountable. Our skilled Santa Clarita crosswalk accident attorney has logged thousands of hours litigating personal injury claims, many happening to innocent pedestrians. While vehicles are common perpetrators in these accidents, other incidents can cause pedestrians legally using crosswalks to get injured, too.
Pedestrian crosswalks are designed to funnel traffic in a straight line across one or several lanes of traffic. Intoxicated or distracted drivers may not see pedestrians, or they might not see them in time. Once pedestrians are in a crosswalk following lighted signals, they are protected from oncoming traffic. But because they’re not shielded by metal or seatbelts, they’re sitting ducks for high-speed drivers.
In many crosswalk accidents, speed may actually determine the likelihood pedestrians survive. NHTSA estimates 9 out of 10 pedestrians could survive being hit at 20 mph. Doubling the speed, only 1 out of 10 are expected to survive. Everyone hit, regardless of speed, will sustain an injury to some degree. Provided pedestrians legally enter the crosswalk, our crosswalk accident attorney can hold reckless drivers accountable.
Crosswalks were designed to assure pedestrian safety provided signals are followed legally. Pedestrians are encouraged to wear reflective material when walking at night, although many accidents happen after sundown according to the NHTSA. Regardless when or how or your innocent stroll down the sidewalk ended up hurting you, we’re prepared to fight to get to the benefits you deserve.
Personal injuries sustained by no fault of your own are civilly litigable. We’ll go out of our way to prove your innocence, and hold the driver or individual responsible for your injuries accountable. People shouldn’t fear to enjoy the city they work and entertain themselves in, but it’s incidents like crosswalk accidents that make civilians apprehensive.
Pedestrian laws aren’t complex; in fact, many of them are common sense. You don’t walk when there’s traffic obstructing the crosswalk. When the light on the sign says you’re clear to go, you may proceed. No matter how judicious pedestrians follow their local laws, there will always be negligent people around to hurt them. And it’s those negligent parties Compass Law Group, PC holds accountable every day.
You find yourself injured crossing the street, our experienced Santa Clarita crosswalk accident attorney wants to talk with you. Remember, there’s never a fee for our consultation, and personal injury claims we take are handled on a contingency basis.
14.72 pedestrians are injured every hour on average. If you were one of them, call us today.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.