Campbell Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Accidents involving pedestrians can be some of the most dangerous and deadly accidents. Pedestrians do not have the benefit of a metal shell, a seatbelt, a helmet, or any other form of protection afforded to passengers in cars or even motorcycle or bicycle riders. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the pedestrian loses. Even a low-speed accident can knock a pedestrian to the ground, causing bone fractures, head trauma, or other serious injury. Drivers on California roads have a responsibility to operate their vehicles carefully, safely, and responsibly. When drivers fail to take that responsibility seriously, people get hurt, and people get killed.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, the dedicated Campbell pedestrian injury lawyers at Solution Now Law Firm are ready to take your case. We will investigate the circumstances of your injury, identify all of the responsible parties, and build your claims to maximize your recovery. We will help you get the medical care that you need and the compensation that you deserve.
California is One of the Most Dangerous States for Pedestrians
California lawmakers do their best to protect pedestrians on sidewalks and streets across the state. Unfortunately, negligent and reckless drivers continue to pose a significant danger to everyone on foot on California roadways. According to California’s Office of Traffic Safety, in 2018, 893 pedestrians were killed on California roadways, representing a 26 percent increase since 2014. That same year, more than 14,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents. Between 2009 and 2018, almost 7,500 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across the state.
California has more pedestrian deaths each year than every other state in the country. California’s pedestrian fatality rate, moreover, is nearly 25 percent higher than the national average. If you were hurt, or if your loved one was killed, while walking on a street or sidewalk, you are not alone. The passionate and effective pedestrian injury lawyers at Solution Now Law Firm will help you recover the damages you are owed after the devastation that a negligent or reckless driver has caused you and your family.
Pedestrian Rights in California
We have all heard the old adage, “pedestrians have the right of way.” But what does that actually mean under California law? What does that rule offer in terms of liability in the event of an accident? It does not mean that the pedestrian is always right, no matter their behavior. It does mean that when a pedestrian is acting lawfully, drivers have a responsibility to drive cautiously, observantly, and let pedestrians pass unhindered.
According to the California Vehicle Code, drivers “shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” So long as a pedestrian is crossing at a marked crosswalk, or crossing legally where there is no marked crosswalk, any approaching driver must slow and yield to let the pedestrian cross. If they fail to do so, and the pedestrian is injured, it is the fault of the driver, and they are legally responsible for any resulting injury.
There are limits. Pedestrians must not “suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.” Basically, as long as a pedestrian does not run across the street when a car is already about to reach the intersection, the pedestrian still has the right of way. Pedestrians should also take care when crossing without a legal crosswalk–pedestrians are supposed to yield to drivers in that case. However, even if a pedestrian crosses the street without a crosswalk, a negligent driver might still be liable if it is their negligence that caused the crash. California has a “comparative negligence” rule for personal injury, meaning that a person who is partially responsible for their own injuries (e.g., a pedestrian who crosses without a crosswalk) can still recover as long as they can show that the other party is also legally at fault.
A pedestrian accident attorney at Solution Now Law Firm can evaluate the circumstances of your pedestrian injury and help you understand your legal rights. Do not sit idly by, believing you are responsible for covering all of your medical bills and other expenses, just because you think you may also be partly to blame. Talk to a knowledgeable car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your pedestrian accident to find out if you have a right to recovery.
Reach Out for Help After a Campbell Pedestrian Accident
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a pedestrian accident in Campbell, Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, or across the Bay Area, the compassionate and zealous pedestrian injury lawyers at Solution Now Law Firm are ready to help. Our pedestrian injury attorneys have years of experience litigating against the biggest and the smallest defendants, and we do not rest until our clients get the compensation they deserve. We pride ourselves on ensuring that each of our clients gets individual, personalized attention, tailoring our advice and representation to each client’s needs and the circumstances of their claims. Call us at 408-256-2871 or reach out via email today for a free case evaluation.