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What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?

Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015    

Pedestrian AccidentsPedestrian accidents are one of the five leading causes of death in the United States. Because locations such as Sacramento are so highly populated, many people believe that pedestrian accidents are inevitable. What people do not realize is that there are preventative measures you can take to avoid them, while possibly saving a life at the same time.

Generally speaking, pedestrian accidents occur when unsuspecting walkers or bicyclists get hit by a vehicle due in absolutely no party to their own negligence. If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important to contact Amerio Law Firm at (916) 419-1111 today. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys are here to fight for you and your rights. We are dedicated and completely focused on justice and getting you the compensation you are justly entitle to. If you or someone you love has faced pain, inconvenience, or injuries, the attorneys of Amerio Law Firm can get you the monetary compensation you deserve.

When pedestrian accidents are the result of driver negligence

Let us help you! Many drivers become distracted by their surroundings and do not take the necessary safety precautions of the road. The result, unfortunately, can be a pedestrian accident. If you are a pedestrian and especially if you’ve obeyed traffic laws, used the crosswalks, are still struck by a negligent driver, you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, time off of work, and medical bills associated with injures. Call (916) 419-1111 today so we can get you on the right track!

In most cases, pedestrian accidents are caused by:

  • Failure on behalf of the driver to check the crosswalk for pedestrians
  • Drivers that fail to completely stop at stop signs or even traffic lights
  • Distracted drivers that are typically paying more attention to their phones rather than the roads
  • Distracted drivers that are under the influence of a substance or that are speeding

Laws for pedestrians and preventative measures you can take

As a pedestrian, you have a responsibility to be aware of your surroundings and obey all traffic laws. For instance, if you are jaywalking, you are putting yourself at a much higher risk of getting into an accident. A driver’s main focus in not causing a pedestrian accident is typically to pay more attention to crosswalks, so that is where you should find yourself crossing on the street. If you are crossing the street like a law abiding citizen, be sure to put your phone down and look up. Paying attention to your surroundings as well as making direct eye contact with drivers can prevent pedestrian accidents as well. Generally, being alert is the best preventative measure you can take to avoid getting hit.

If you do find yourself involved in a pedestrian accident, be sure to get the driver’s insurance information and take a picture of their license plate as well. If you’ve suffered injuries, whether serious or not, seek medical attention immediately. Let the Sacramento Attorneys of Amerio Law Firm help you, call us at 916.419.1111 so we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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