Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable of all individuals in traffic accidents. With little to no body protection, they can suffer severe or even catastrophic injuries when struck by a vehicle or bike. The impact can easily throw a pedestrian several feet into the air causing further damage when striking the pavement, ground, or other objects. Even at speeds as low as 25 miles per hour, a pedestrian hit by a car can be seriously hurt. Such injuries can be life-altering events that change their future forever. They can also lead to death.
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We know how difficult it can be at Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law, serving clients throughout all areas of San Diego. We deal with the consequences of personal injury accidents every day. That has given us experience handling claims and lawsuits that can significantly increase your chances of an optimum settlement. With over $45 million obtained in settlements and court verdicts, we can apply our years of success and skills to your case.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), 2019 saw 6,590 pedestrian deaths from accidents. The GHSA Executive Director has stated that this is more than a 50 percent increase in the past ten years. It amounts to 17 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2019 compared to only 12 percent ten years earlier.
Over the past ten years, other traffic fatalities have increased by only two percent. While safety features and technology have made driving and occupying motor vehicles safer, pedestrians have no such advances or protection. A pedestrian’s exposure remains total, and thus they are entirely susceptible to grave or deadly injuries when hit by any type of vehicle.
Further information about the trend from the GHSA highlights that these accidents have increased by 67 percent at night, that they occur locally, and are often the result of unsafe driving behaviors. These behaviors include speeding, driving when drowsy, distracted driving that includes texting, cell phone usage, and other actions that take a driver’s attention off the road, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs which accounts for nearly half of the pedestrian fatalities of 2018.
Another factor in the rise of pedestrian accidents revolves around SUVs. When a pedestrian is struck by an SUV, they are twice as likely to be fatally injured as opposed to a pedestrian struck by a sedan. This explains why fatalities from SUVs have increased by 81 percent, while pedestrian fatalities from passenger cars have increased by 53 percent. These increases are dreadful, so the GHSA calls for the proper allocation of resources to address the problem.
According to California’s Office of Traffic Safety, 893 pedestrians lost their lives in 2018, accounting for a 26 percent rise from four years earlier. Close to 7,500 pedestrians have been killed in California accidents from 2009 to 2018. The fatality rate for pedestrians in California is nearly 25 percent higher than the average across the nation.
The consequences can be devastating when a pedestrian is hit by a car, SUV, truck, or another commercial vehicle. In the worst cases, they can last a lifetime.
These injures can include:
You deserve fair and total compensation when you have been injured or have lost someone in a pedestrian accident where someone else was at fault. However, it is rare that the other party’s insurer will be empathetic. Insurance companies are notorious for offering as little as they can get away with. Their adjusters and legal teams are trained to use tactics and ploys to devalue your claim as much as possible. This commonly leads to a figure much less than what is fair, just, or what an accident victim may need to cover the full extent of past and future expenses and damages.
That is why you need a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney who can aggressively negotiate for maximum compensation. Our firm is persistent. We will fight for what is right and best for you from the start of your claim to its conclusion, whether in or out of court. You will never pay anything upfront – you will pay nothing unless we win the compensation you need and deserve.
“She always made me feel taken care of, helped me find amazing doctors, responded quickly, kept me updated, communicated consistently, and was professional and respectful.”
- Alex S.
Commercial Trucking Accident
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