In California, pedestrians account for approximately 22 percent of all traffic fatalities. Although pedestrians have the “right of way,” careless drivers continue to hit people crossing or walking along streets, causing serious injury and death.
Pedestrian accidents have many causes. Drivers can cause accidents by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while distracted, disobeying traffic laws, speeding, not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks, and disregarding traffic or weather conditions. Hazardous conditions can be created by negligently designed pedestrian crossings, malfunctioning traffic signals, dangerous road maintenance, or nearby construction operations. Hybrid and electric vehicles are especially dangerous, since they are virtually silent while operating.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our office to learn more about your rights and options.