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Pedestrian Accidents: The Unthinkable Dangers of Walking

Car accidents are not the only accidents that worry and endanger people on the road. Pedestrians, both adults and children, are at risk while walking the streets with oblivious drivers and unavoidable hazards. Even though pedestrian accidents nationwide have decreased since 1995, there are still an astonishing number of injuries and deaths each year. In 2010, there were over 4,800 reported pedestrian deaths and an alarming 70,000 injuries reported. A pedestrian accident is a serious personal injury that drastically alters quality of life for an individual involved. A person involved in a pedestrian accident may have been injured by a motor vehicle, motor cycle, or form of mass transit. With an increase in speed and force, a victim may suffer injuries consisting of back, spinal cord, brain, head injuries, or even amputation injuries.

In an attempt to prevent such accidents from occurring, laws state that walking pedestrians have the right of way. Pedestrian accidents, however, may be caused for a number of different reasons. If a driver fails to yield to a pedestrian, the injuries and collision may fall under the driver’s liability. A driver may fail to yield, run through a stop sign, or run through a red light thereby endangering the lives of the people on the streets. Disregarding road signs or afailure to abide by the driving regulations may fall under negligence. But a variety of factors complicate the situation, such as poor road conditions, inadequate lighting, and car malfunctions with the steering or breaking mechanisms, which obscure the liability of the pedestrian accident.

For those injured in California, accident expenses may require a recovery of property damages, wages lost during recovery time, hospital or medical expenses, andCalifornia workers compensation if the accident occurred in a work environment. A pedestrian accident may drastically change a person’s quality of life and ability to work and support a family. As compensation, a person may need a continuous medical care and monetary means to support the whole family.

If an individual family member or friend has been injured because of a pedestrian accident in California, please contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Long Beach, California. The lawyers at Alvandi Law Group offer free consultations for potential clients. For legal advice call (800) 980-6905 today.

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