Pedestrian safety is important and when a pedestrian has been injured by a negligent driver, it is also important for them to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them. Legal protections can help them with their damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages, that often result from catastrophic pedestrian accident injuries.
During 2018 in California, 893 pedestrian accident victims were killed on California’s roadways which was a 26% increase from 2014. Also during 2018, 14,000 pedestrians were injured on California’s roadways. A total of 7,500 pedestrians have died in fatal pedestrian accidents in California from 2009 to 2018. In addition, the pedestrian fatality rate in California is nearly 25% higher than the national average. California has the greatest number of pedestrian deaths on its roadways of any state in the country.
It is important for drivers to follow safety rules to help keep pedestrians safe on the roadways. This includes refraining from speeding; not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; not driving while distracted; making sure to keep a look out for pedestrians; and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks. When a negligent driver has acted carelessly, and a pedestrian is hurt, they may have a claim for damages against the negligent driver.
Legal remedies including personal injury legal resources can help pedestrian accident victims recover the compensation they need for their physical, financial and emotional damages. The harm caused by a pedestrian accident to victims can be extension which is why victims and their families need to be familiar with the legal resources available to help.