Beverly Hills Pedestrian Accidents
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On average, more than one crash-related pedestrian fatality occurs every 1.5 hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2017 alone, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian traffic-related deaths in the United States, and more than 100,000 reported accidents. In an accident, pedestrians are far more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or deadly consequences, which is why these types of incidents are so terrifying. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are due to driver oversight or carelessness, but there are often other factors at play. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, make sure you know what to do to protect your rights and your future.
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Understanding Pedestrian Traffic Accidents
Pedestrian accidents happen every day, but in order to file a valid claim in a pedestrian accident, you must be able to prove that someone was liable for your accident. The proof of liability, or “duty of care,” will show that the person who ultimately injured you was responsible for exhibiting care while driving and that they were not doing so at the time the accident occurred. In short, you must prove that the driver who caused your accident was negligent or made a mistake.
A few common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Poorly marked crosswalks
- Unclear traffic signs or signals
- Speeding or reckless driving
By law, pedestrians must also show a duty of care for their own safety. If a pedestrian is intoxicated, fails to abide by traffic laws, or jaywalks, he or she may be found partially at-fault for the incident.
Liability in a Pedestrian Accident
As previously stated, the vehicle driver is most likely the liable party in a pedestrian traffic accident. However, depending on the circumstances, other entities might also be responsible. If the pedestrian was injured because the crosswalk lights were broken, the sidewalk was poorly lit, or the crossing sign was obscured, the party responsible for maintaining the road, usually a local government could be liable for the crash. If the vehicle malfunctioned, causing the driver to crash and harm the pedestrian, the vehicle manufacturer might be liable. Because each case is unique, it is extremely important to discuss the specifics of your accident with an experienced Beverly Hills pedestrian injury attorney.
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If you were injured as a pedestrian, make sure you understand your rights and potential compensation. Depending on the cause of the accident, the extent of the injuries, any other applicable factors, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and more.
Contact BD&J to discuss your pedestrian car accident case with our Beverly Hills injury attorneys.