It is true that pedestrian accidents happen throughout California every day of the year. It is also true that while you cannot prevent them entirely, there are steps that can help you reduce your chances of being a victim. Keep reading to discover the facts about these types of accidents. If you have questions, or you want to schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney, contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600.
Negligent Drivers Are Responsible for Most Pedestrian Accidents
More often than not, it is the driver who ends up being found responsible for a pedestrian accident. In California, it is common for drivers not to take the necessary precautions they should be taking to avoid these accidents. This may involve being on their phone or being otherwise distracted, turning illegally, or simply not looking for pedestrians in crosswalks.
This means that, as a pedestrian, it is up to you to be hyperaware of drivers. Just because a driver may end up being found at fault does not mean that you do not need to take care of yourself. Look both ways before crossing the street every time. Do not assume that a car will stop to let you cross. Assume that any car coming your way is not going to see you.
Some of the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
As mentioned above, one of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is simply not looking for pedestrians in the crosswalk. It is also common for these accidents to be the result of a driver not stopping properly at a stop sign or at a traffic light. Texting is the most common cause for distraction, though other things can cause distraction such as talking on the phone, talking to a passenger, or changing the radio.
Many pedestrian accidents are the result of a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Not only is their vision potentially impaired, but their reaction times are slower. This means that even if they see someone, they may not be able to stop in time.
Speeding Can Make an Accident Much Worse
Speeding is extremely dangerous for a number of reasons. First, when a car is speeding it takes longer to slow down, which increases the chances it will be involved in a car accident. Second, the faster a vehicle is traveling the more serious the injuries are likely to be. What could have been a minor accident can turn into a fatal pedestrian accident if the driver is going too fast.
Have You Been Injured as a Pedestrian?
If you have been injured while a pedestrian in California, we recommend contacting a personal injury attorney sooner rather than later. At Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn we can assess your case and give you an honest opinion on your options. Call us now at (310) 209-1600 to get started.