Pedestrians are completely vulnerable and more likely to suffer severe injuries and wrongful death in an accident involving a motor vehicle.
Pedestrian accidents raise unique issues since they may be hit while in a crosswalk, sideswiped by a motor vehicle, hit in a parking lot, struck while exiting a bus or car, or otherwise injured or killed by an “at fault” driver.
Higher vehicle speeds increase both the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck by a car and the severity of the injury. Pedestrian injuries can also arise from causes other than collisions with motor vehicles, such as hazards created by the defective/dangerous condition of sidewalks or parking lots. Property owners, municipalities or other third parties may be held liable if they were negligent.
At Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, our Orange County Pedestrian Accident Attorneys have been helping drivers and passengers recover from auto accidents since 1974. In addition to legal expertise, we offer our clients the depth of experience that comes from over forty years of investigating pedestrian accidents, arranging treatment with doctors and medical specialists, and negotiating settlements with insurance companies.
How can pedestrians help prevent injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes?
- 72% of pedestrian accidents occur at night. Pedestrians should increase their visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing.
- 69% of pedestrian accidents occur at non-intersections while only 20% occur at intersections. When possible, pedestrians should cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
- Walk on a sidewalk, but if a sidewalk is not available, pedestrians should walk on the shoulder and facing traffic.
- 34% of fatal pedestrian crashes showed the pedestrian had a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher. This suggests the reason to avoid alcohol/drugs while walking, since judgment and coordination are impaired.
When a pedestrian accident occurs, the pedestrian has the same right to seek financial compensation as any motorist.
If you've been injured in an accident as a result of someone else's negligence, we urge you to contact us immediately to learn how to protect your rights, preserve critical evidence and obtain necessary medical treatment. Our personal injury attorneys have won over hundreds of million dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
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