Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Fountain Valley
Residents of Fountain Valley know what a great little community it is and with lots of places to shop and eat. With the high volume of motorists, city buses and pedestrian traffic there is a potential for pedestrian accidents. Regardless of what causes a pedestrian accident, it is often the pedestrian who is critically injured or killed compared to the motorist who is involved in the collision.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, please call 949-203-3814.
Fountain Valley Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 12 were injured in Fountain Valley pedestrian accidents. Throughout Orange County, 32 people were killed and 770 were injured in pedestrian accidents during that same year.
What Are Some Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
There are a number of reasons why pedestrian accidents occur. Some of the most common causes of Fountain Valley pedestrian accidents include:
- Failure to obey traffic safety devices: Motorists who run red lights and stop signs can cause devastating injuries when they collide with a pedestrian who is crossing the roadway. In such cases, a skilled car accident attorney may have to review the police report, intersection cameras or eyewitness accounts to prove that the driver violated California law by failing to stop for a stop sign or red light.
- Failure to yield: Pedestrians who are safely walking on the sidewalk often make the mistake of assuming that they are out of harm's way. Unfortunately, many motorists tend to overlook pedestrians as they are backing up or pulling out of a private driveway. Motorists who are turning from the roadway into a private driveway must yield to pedestrians as well.
- Failure to yield at crosswalks: Under California law, pedestrians in crosswalks have the right of way. Drivers must remain alert and drive with due care and caution as they approach crosswalks. If there is a pedestrian in a crosswalk, motorists are required to stop and yield the right of way until it is safe to proceed.
- Darting into traffic: Not all pedestrian accidents result from driver negligence. There are many collisions that occur because the pedestrian runs or walks into the path of vehicles. Pedestrians have a responsibility to walk only in designated areas. However, even when a pedestrian is outside a crosswalk, if he or she is struck by a driver who is driving negligently, then, the driver can be held liable. This is true particularly in cases where the driver could have avoided striking the pedestrian by exercising due care.
- Reckless driving: Drivers who are exceeding the speed limit, driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol have a greater chance of striking a pedestrian. In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held criminally responsible for their actions by the authorities and financially responsible for the accident if the victim files a personal injury claim.
- Dangerous roadways and intersections: There are certain roadways and intersections that are poorly designed and therefore pose significant hazards to pedestrians. If a pedestrian accident is caused by a dangerous roadway or intersection, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway can be held liable for the injuries and damages. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident, under California Government Code Section 911.2.
Proving the Cause of a Crash
Determining liability for a crash is not always an easy process. If the driver, for example, is arrested for driving under the influence, then, the injured pedestrian's case may be bolstered by the criminal charges. If, however, the driver does not even face a traffic citation for the collision, then, the victim will have to rely on an investigation.
In some cases, the police report can aid the victim in proving the specifics of the crash. Eyewitness accounts of the collision can prove useful as well. In some cases, it may be possible to review security or surveillance tapes from nearby buildings to show how an accident occurred.
Getting Fair Compensation
An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help the victim prove who caused the crash and whether negligence was involved. In cases involving wrongdoing or negligence, monetary support may be available for medical bills, hospitalization fees, lost wages and other related damages.
The knowledgeable accident injury attorneys at Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of helping injured victims and their families obtain fair compensation for their losses.
If you were the victim of a pedestrian accident in Fountain Valley, please contact us today.
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