Approximately 5,000 people are killed and another 64,000 people are injured as a result of auto versus pedestrian accidents in the U.S every year. According the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in a motor vehicle v. pedestrian accident between 1975 and 2005. According to the NHTSA, there were $3,434 pedestrian traffic fatalities in 2008 [i].
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
One of the reasons for California being among the top states for pedestrian accidents, is the amount of large urban areas and the high number of residents in those cities. People flock to San Diego for its climate and to enjoy the outdoors. As a result, our cities and streets are crowded with pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. This makes for a dangerous combination.
Negligence is typically the most common factors. Some common examples of negligence are:
- Inattentive or pre-occupied drivers
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failure to observe posted speed limits
- Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians at marked cross walks
- Disregard for traffic control devices
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrians lack the protections afforded by being an occupant in a vehicle. As a result of this, the injuries sustained in pedestrian v. motor vehicle accidents tend to be more severe than the typical car accident or can often times result in death.
Auto v. pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries, including:
- Broken Bones
- Torn Ligaments
- Concussion/Brain Injuries
- Cuts & Abrasions
Why Hire the Mortlock Law Group?
If you have been injured in a vehicle v. pedestrian accident, it is important to contact a San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyer to discuss your rights. The Mortlock Law Group has handled numerous pedestrian accident cases and has successfully recovered thousands of dollars for its clients, even in cases where the pedestrian was outside of the crosswalk.
The North County San Diego Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at the Mortlock Law Group accept pedestrian accident cases on a contingent fee basis, which means you do not have to pay any money up front and nothing if we do not win your case. Please contact the North County San Diego Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at the Mortlock Law Group for a free case consultation.