Cameron Park Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in California
Most healthcare professionals agree that walking is good for your physical and mental health. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking can help maintain your weight, prevent and manage certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes, strengthen bones, improve balance and coordination, and lift your mood. In spite of the many benefits of walking, pedestrians today face the risk of serious injury in collisions with motor vehicles, particularly in major cities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports than an estimated 66,000 pedestrians were injured and 4,735 were killed in U.S. traffic accidents in 2013, accounting for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. Almost three quarters of the fatal pedestrian accidents involving a single motor vehicle occurred in urban areas, and most – 3,496 out of 4,266 total – involved passenger vehicles, as opposed to buses, large trucks, or other vehicles.
In its Quick Facts 2013 publication, NHTSA states that, on average, 181 pedestrians were injured and 13 were killed each day in 2013. In California alone, 701 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2013, according to NHTSA, representing 23.4 percent of all traffic fatalities statewide.
Cameron Park Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured as a pedestrian in a traffic accident with a motor vehicle, your best course of action is to consult with a knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to file a claim for compensation for your injuries.
Our seasoned California pedestrian accident lawyers at Cunningham Law Group, A.P.C., have been helping injured motor vehicle accident victims, including pedestrians, for more than 42 years. We represent clients in Cameron Park, Roseville, Auburn, Elk Grove, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Placerville and Rancho Cordova in a range of personal injury matters.
Our managing attorney, Jim Cunningham, has supervised thousands of injury claims. Our goal is to quickly and effectively negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf and to maximize the amount of your compensation.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Although pedestrians are sometimes at fault, driver negligence contributes to a large number of pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions. Drivers can be negligent in many ways, including:
- Speeding: The faster a vehicle is travelling, the less time the driver has to react to a traffic situation, such as a pedestrian in the road, and the longer it takes to stop.
- Distracted driving: Driving distractions, particularly texting, which requires visual, manual, and cognitive driver attention, can be dangerous for pedestrians.
- Drunk driving: Alcohol-impaired driving was involved in 15% of all pedestrian fatalities in 2013, per NHTSA.
- Fatigued driving: The National Sleep Foundation says that insufficient sleep slows reaction time, impairs judgment, and lowers awareness, and that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Aggressive driving: Drivers who excessively exceed the speed limit, run traffic lights and stop signs, weave recklessly in and out of traffic, and fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians cause accidents, injuries, and death.
Many factors are involved in pedestrian accidents. NHTSA reports that:
- 92% of the pedestrians who died in 2013 were killed in accidents involving a single motor vehicle.
- Pedestrians were more likely to be hit by the front end than by the rear or sides of a vehicle.
- More than two-thirds of pedestrian traffic fatalities in 2013 were male.
- The age group with the highest rate of pedestrian injuries was 20 to 24, followed by 25 to 29, 10 to 14, and 15 to 19.
- 21% of all traffic deaths in 2013 among children ages 14 and younger were pedestrian fatalities.
- 19% of all pedestrians killed and 10% of all pedestrians injured in 2013 were age 65 or older.
- The greatest number of pedestrian accidents happened at night on the weekends.
- Approximately 15% of all pedestrian fatalities resulted from accidents involving drivers with blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Unlike motorists, who have the protection of an enclosed vehicle, seat belts, and air bags, pedestrians have no protection whatsoever in a traffic accident. Injuries they sustain are, therefore, likely to be serious, if not fatal. The following examples of serious pedestrian traffic accident injuries are listed in an NHTSA publication:
- Internal injures
- Severe cuts
- Bone fractures
- Crushing injuries
- Severe general shock requiring treatment in a hospital
- Brain injury (concussion)
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a Cameron Park pedestrian accident, Cunningham Law Group, A.P.C., can help. Contact one of our experienced attorneys for a free telephone case evaluation with no obligation. If we represent you in your accident case, you will not pay us any fees up front. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get paid unless and until we recover compensation for you. You can count on our firm for:
- Quality representation.
- Quick resolution, with an eye toward maximizing the award.
- Vigorous, effective representation where litigation is involved.
- Courteous attorneys who keep clients informed.
- Mayo Clinic: Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health
- NHTSA: Traffic Safety Facts 2013 Data: Pedestrians
- NHTSA: Quick Facts 2013
- NHTSA: Pedestrians and Their Survivability at Different Impact Speeds
- National Sleep Foundation: Facts: Drowsy Driving