Pedestrian accidents are analogous to truck accidents in that one party is dramatically larger, heavier and more dangerous than the other, causing collisions to be devastating for the smaller party. When a truck hits a car, however, there is at least a modicum of protection afforded by the structure of the vehicle. With pedestrian accidents, however, the victim has no such buffer from the assaulting vehicle.
When you are left seriously injured after an accident, your priority should be healing, not your injury claim. Police reports, medical records and the accident scene must all be evaluated by a skilled professional. Without legal representation from a skilled San Diego car accident attorney, there is a very real possibility that you will be left without adequate compensation for your injuries.
Hybrid vehicles pose an additional danger to pedestrians, as they make little to no noise when traveling at low speeds. Pedestrians who are habituated to checking traffic with both auditory and visual means may be caught unsuspecting by a hybrid.
Children are exceptionally vulnerable to hybrid vehicle accidents, as a child is more likely to accidentally run into a hybrid vehicle’s path without hearing the oncoming vehicle. Drivers of hybrid cars have an increased responsibility to the public to ensure that their negligence does not contribute to pedestrian accidents, and yet these accidents continue to occur.
In most pedestrian accident cases, the driver was proven to be acting negligently, either through inattention, speeding or drunk driving. When any of these is a causal factor in a crash, you need to immediately retain a San Diego auto accident lawyer. As a 30 year veteran of advocating on victims’ behalf, Attorney Eugene Bruno possesses the traits and knowledge needed to help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
We know that the last thing you ever want to experience is getting struck by a vehicle when you are out and about on foot. However, we know that these incidents happen and the Eugene Bruno & Associates are ready when you need a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney. During the latest reporting year for California, there were 867 fatalities and 14,125 injuries as a result of pedestrian crashes. In many cases, the injuries were severe and life-altering.
Today, we are going to answer some of the main questions you may have about these incidents.
When you are out on foot and around vehicles, you need to make sure you obey all traffic laws relating to pedestrians. This includes stopping at intersections and crossing only when you have a pedestrian cross light or, absent a light, when traffic lanes are clear. If there are designated pedestrian crosswalks, you must use those.
You should always use sidewalks if they are present and wear bright clothing, especially at night. When you are ready to cross any lanes of traffic, you should stop and look both ways before crossing.
There are various types of compensation you may be able to get for a pedestrian crash. This can include:
Make sure the San Diego Police Department is called immediately after a pedestrian crash and that you seek medical assistance for any injuries you sustain.
The SDPD will conduct an investigation and determine if the person who hit you was at fault. This will include a determination of whether they were intoxicated or distracted behind the wheel. They will also determine whether the other driver broke traffic laws at the time of the incident.
You have a right to all accident reports and you need to obtain them. Even if criminal charges are not filed against the person who hit you, that does not mean you cannot receive compensation for the incident.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of another person and need a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney, let the Eugene Bruno & Associates step in. We will be your advocate and work to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. You can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 888-278-6688 for a free consultation.