If you have been hit by a car in a crosswalk, parking lot, or other areas in the road, you may be able to seek compensation. These types of accidents can severely injure a pedestrian, for those on foot have nothing to protect themselves. If a personal injury lawsuit is filed, the driver of the vehicle may be liable for any injuries that were caused by the accident.

California’s pedestrian fatality rate is almost 25% higher than the national average. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the issue of pedestrians being seriously injured or killed on California roadways is growing increasingly worse. In 2018, 14,000 pedestrians were injured in an auto-related accident. Of those, 893 pedestrians were killed. This is a 26% increase from the deaths that occurred in 2014.

In order to reduce these growing numbers, it is important for both pedestrians and drivers to take precautions when traveling, regardless if by foot or by car.

Safety for Pedestrians

As a pedestrian, you may feel out of control when it comes to your safety as you travel near vehicle traffic. However, there are things that you can do to help protect yourself.

  • Make yourself as visible as possible to drivers, especially at night. Wear reflective, bright clothing.

  • Do your best to stay on sidewalks, crosswalks, and other areas designated for pedestrians.

  • Make eye contact with drivers and look both ways before crossing.

  • Be aware of your surroundings, and stay off your cell phone, just as you should when you are behind the wheel.

Safety for Drivers

As a driver, your vehicle can be a dangerous weapon if not operated responsibly. There are many actions you can take to help ensure the safety of pedestrians, passengers, other vehicles, and yourself.

  • Follow the speed limit, and be prepared to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections.

  • Make sure to give pedestrians the right of way.

  • Make sure to free yourself from any distractions, including cell phones.

  • Never operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Pay extra attention to school zones, parking lots, and stop signs.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. You should then reach out to an experienced legal professional, for you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. At Rawlins Law of San Diego, we aggressively represent those who need assistance, with no out of pocket costs or upfront expenses. Contact us for a free consultation.

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