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If you live in Yuba City and are met with an accident as a pedestrian, consider speaking to a Yuba City pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Steve Gimblin.

Any type of accident can be an unpleasant experience, especially if it occurs to a pedestrian. Accidents resulting in serious injuries could lead to expensive medical bills, no earnings for a while, and a long road to recovery. To avoid finding yourself in enormous debt, a pedestrian accident attorney can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve for your pedestrian accident lawsuit.

How can a pedestrian accident attorney help you?

Dealing with the consequences of a pedestrian accident by yourself can be a daunting task. Not only are you recovering from your injuries, but you also have to take time off from work, settle your claim, and possibly handle other financial matters. That is why having a pedestrian accident attorney by your side can help to relieve your stress.

A Yuba City pedestrian accident lawyer can figure out the total loss incurred in an accident. As motor vehicle accidents are expensive, you need to consider both short-term and long-term bills. A quick settlement with your insurance company can take care of your immediate costs; however, they might not cover your long term expenses. Working with a personal injury attorney, by contrast, can help you to understand the exact value of the loss and consequently take steps to recover a similar amount. Contact the Law Offices of Steve Gimblin for a consultation today!

Pedestrian accident statistics

In the United States, pedestrian accidents happen more often than you might think. A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) showed that there were 6,721 pedestrian deaths in 2020 – reportedly a 4.8% increase from the previous year. In California, pedestrian fatality is 25% higher than the national average; there was reportedly a 5% increase in pedestrian deaths from 2019 to 2020.

Pedestrian related accidents comprised about 2.7% of all crashes which were reported in 2020. Of all deaths caused due to traffic collisions, pedestrian deaths made up almost 13%. Such high numbers indicate the dangers of traveling on roads for pedestrians and the constant need to safeguard yourself from such dangers.

Main reasons for pedestrian accidents

The main reason why road accidents occur is negligence by drivers, although sometimes pedestrians might also be responsible. Examples are when a pedestrian is walking on the road instead of a pavement or failure to use the crosswalk when crossing a road. However, it is more likely for the driver to be responsible than the pedestrian in a car accident.

Drivers can cause accidents when they are-

  • Driving while distracted, such as sending texts or making phone calls
  • Not following speed limits
  • Motorcyclists who fail to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Speeding
  • Turning at intersections without looking both ways
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Unable to consider flows in upstream and downstream traffic

Sometimes, accidents might result due to fault of neither party involved but because of defects in the design of crosswalks. Designers of crosswalks are responsible for considering public safety and failure to do so makes them accountable. Possible defendants in faulty crosswalk design include government agencies and engineering firms. If you were injured by a car in a crosswalk, a pedestrian accident attorney can help you to determine who should be held accountable.

Note that urban areas witness higher rates of pedestrian accidents than rural areas. However, country roads can also pose dangerous conditions for driving. High speeds and reduced visibility on winding roads are responsible for most collisions involving pedestrians in the countryside.

Injuries Caused Due To Pedestrian Accidents

The consequence of being hit with a car can be serious  and even life-threatening for a pedestrian. Here are some of the common types of injuries you could seek compensation for:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury 
  • Spinal cord injuries including paralysis
  • Dental or facial injuries
  • Lacerations and bruises that includes damage to major organs
  • Orthopedic injuries including broken bones or other damages

Steps to take after being hurt as a pedestrian in an accident

Pedestrian accidents can be a stressful experience for anyone. There are some steps which you can take immediately following the accident to help minimize the impact:

  • Retreat to a safe location: If you are in the middle of a roadway following an accident, you are at risk of more harm. If you can, get away from the road as quickly as possible. Find a safe location where you can rest. If, however, you have sustained pain on your spinal cord, moving might complicate your injury.
  • Call the police: Call the cops as soon as you find yourself in a safer location. If you are unable to call by yourself, ask for assistance. The driver involved in the car accident might not be willing to involve the police. However, failing to contact law enforcement could lower your chances of securing a fair compensation.
  • Record details: To the best of your abilities, try to take photographs of the scene and note down details about the accident such as the time and how it occurred. Gather contact information of witnesses if there were any. Though law enforcement officers will make a detailed document of the accident, it might not be as authentic as your account.
  • Obtain medical care: Seek medical care following your accident. Even if you are feeling fine, you might have internal injuries which only a doctor will be able to detect. As recovering from accidents takes a long time, obtaining health care immediately might prevent you from sustaining long-term damages.

Contact The Law Offices Of Steve Gimblin For A Consultation About Your Pedestrian Accident Today!

A pedestrian accident attorney in Yuba City will handle all communications with the insurance company on your behalf. Even if you are not responsible for the accident, the insurance company will try their best to deny you a fair settlement amount. A pedestrian accident lawyer is experienced in these matters and will fight to make sure you get the settlement you deserve. Studies have shown that working with an attorney can increase the value of your case by up to five times as opposed to settling the case by yourself.

For more information about obtaining claims for your accident, speak to the Law Offices of Steve Gimblin today.




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