Vacaville Man Killed in Pedestrian Crash
A 29-year-old Vacaville man was killed when he was hit by a minivan, according to recent reports. Ryan Matthey, 29, a landscaper in Vacaville, was crossing a road near town at the time of the crash. Police say he was not inside a crosswalk. The driver, who stopped after the crash, was not arrested and no charges appear to be pending. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor in the crash.
Pedestrian Accidents Account For High Number of Traffic Deaths
Pedestrians account for a very high number of traffic deaths in and around Sacramento each year. According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic System report, 97 people were killed in Sacramento in traffic crashes in 2012. Of those, 25 victims were pedestrians and 51 were in vehicles. This means that, although there were many more car crashes than pedestrian crashes, pedestrians accounted for nearly 30 percent of all car accident deaths.
Pedestrian deaths are very high because victims do not have any protection. Unlike the occupants of a passenger vehicle, pedestrians have no seat belts, air bags or roll cages to protect them from impacts. Therefore, pedestrian accidents, more often than not, are physically damaging for the victim, while the person who hits the pedestrian may suffer little or no injury.
The faster a car is going, the more likely the pedestrian is to die. If a car is traveling more than 35 miles an hour at the time of impact, it is extremely likely the pedestrian victim will be seriously injured or killed, whereas a pedestrian hit by a car traveling only 15 miles per hour may be able to recover.
I Have Been Hit By A Car. What Should I Do?
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is very important to first establish the facts of the crash and then pursue compensation. If you do not stand up for your rights, you may find that insurance companies and others will try to blame you for the crash or deny you payment of your medical bills and other expenses.
The experienced team at the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento can help. We have represented many pedestrian accident victims and are ready to work with you to get you the money you deserve to pay your medical costs, lost wages and other expenses. Contact us today for a free consultation.