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Pedestrian Accidents

Riverside & San Bernardino Pedestrian Accidents Attorneys

Last year in the United States there were over 70,000 pedestrian related injuries. 4,654 of these accidents were fatal. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration calculates on average there are at least 15 people killed and 72 people injured in pedestrian traffic accidents on a daily basis.

Who Is At Risk

The elderly and young children make up the highest numbers of victims in pedestrian accidents. Last year 39 percent of pedestrian accidents involved children under the age of 15. Of these accidents, 8 percent were fatal.

Who Is At Fault

The majority of these accidents are attributed to negligence of the driver. A small percentage of the accidents were found to be the fault of the pedestrian. Distractions and carelessness are often the contributing factors to these accidents, whether it be from the driver or the pedestrian.

What Should You Do If You Are Involved In An Accident

The first thing that you should do if you or someone you know is injured in an accident, is contact the local authorities. In the case of severe injuries, medical attention should be sought immediately. Full cooperation with law enforcement will help to get an accurate report of the accident. Provide accurate details of the accident to help the responding officers determine who is at fault.

Contact a lawyer that is experience with pedestrian accidents. A lawyer can be a valuable asset in helping you with the investigation of the accident. Legal counsel will let you know what your rights are as a victim and help you get the compensation that you may be entitled to.

What Kind Of Compensation Can A Victim Receive

Victims of pedestrian related accidents may be able to get reimbursement for medical bills associated with the accident. Long term medical bills resulting from injuries may also be eligible for reimbursement. Family members of victims that were killed in pedestrian related accidents can also seek compensation for their loss.

Damages that are most commonly sought in pedestrian accidents are for physical injuries. These injuries often include: broken bones, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Expenses for physical therapies and other types of long term care may also be covered.

Who Covers These Cost

As long as the driver is at fault, the driver's insurance company is responsible for covering the costs of the accident. The victim should never speak to an insurance agent without proper legal counsel. Insurance companies often try to offer low settlements to the victims, which result in the victims receiving inadequate compensation. A lawyer who is knowledgeable in pedestrian accidents will be able to negotiate an appropriate settlement from the insurance company.

Safety Can Reduce The Risks Of Pedestrian Accidents

Most accidents are caused by inattention. Driving safely and remaining alert to surroundings can reduce the risk of being involved in an accident. Children and Elderly are most at risk for pedestrian accidents. Driving safely in areas where children are will reduce the number of accidents occurring each year.

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