Auto vs Pedestrian Accidents
When an automobile is involved in an accident, there is a high probability that someone will get hurt. If you are a pedestrian and become physically involved in an automobile accident, the likelihood that you have obtained more severe injuries than any person in a vehicle is astronomical. The reality is, cars and trucks weigh A TON (literally) more than a person. And with the amount of traction a car can build up, a pedestrian hit by a car or truck WILL get hurt. That is why California state has favorable pedestrian accident laws.
Automobiles MUST yield the right of way to pedestrians in the following circumstances:
- At crosswalks (whether marked or unmarked)
- Signaling Blind Individuals
And there are even circumstances where a jaywalking pedestrian will have the right of way! Yes, it is illegal to jaywalk in the state of California. But everyone is still responsible for exercising care for all parties on the road, even if they are doing something illegal. A pedestrian can be considered partially at fault for an accident, but they can still press charges in an auto vs. pedestrian accident.
In the state of California, a pedestrian is an individual that is traveling in the following methods:
- Roller skates/blades
- Personal Conveyance
A person that is on a bicycle is not considered a pedestrian.
As a pedestrian, if you get hurt in an automobile vs. pedestrian accident, you could be facing the following changes in your life:
- Inability to transport yourself
- Personal Injuries
- Physical Therapy
- Emotional and Physical Stress
- Change to Income
- Short Term and Long Term Injuries
- Legal Battles
Suppose you are a pedestrian trying to figure out what to do after your accident with an automobile. In that case, I highly recommend that you contact a personal injury lawyer to help you recover financially. A personal injury lawyer can help you recover:
- Medical Bills
- Therapy Costs
- Lost Income
- Pain and Suffering
- Bereavement Costs
- Lifestyle Adjustments Costs
If you can contact someone after the accident, the first thing you need to do is contact the police. Any records that you can create will help your case in the long run, even if you are partially responsible.
If the car that hit you ran from the scene, try to find someone that can remember the license plate. The sooner you can locate the driver behind the wheel, the sooner you will be able to recover any losses.
Make sure you have insurance as well. Even if the courts find the driver fully responsible, the driver might not have sufficient insurance to pay for all of your costs. Insurance will help protect you and the life you are currently living.
And lastly, contact a personal injury lawyer. They will be able to make sure that you will get everything that you deserve.