When a car accident occurs with another car or truck, the damages and loss can be incredible. Two thousand pounds of mangled steel typically causes destruction when it crashes, but when someone is drunk, texting or not paying attention and a pedestrian is hit, there will certainly be serious injury and even death as a result. If the cause of the accident was not the pedestrian’s fault, they need an experienced Riverside Pedestrian Accident lawyer to help recover the damages.
California is a highly populated state, and it ranks highest in the country in car accidents and fatal accidents. One of the deadliest roads in the world is State Route 138, and there are many other hazardous roads and areas in California.
Riverside is a beautiful city in Southern California with over 306,000 residents and many thousands of visitors every year. Its name comes from the Santa Ana River that runs by the city. The Cleveland National Forest and other state parks surround the entire area and promote a healthy California atmosphere, and the year ‘round warm weather invites people to cycle, jog and walk through their day.
With such a high population, there are a high number of car and pedestrian accidents. Statistics show that in 2011, approximately 1320 fatal car accidents occurred in Riverside while over 185 of those were fatal pedestrian accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA reports that a pedestrian is killed every two hours in the U.S., and up to 20 percent of those can be hit and runs.
Pedestrian accidents typically occur with these drivers.
• Drunk driving
• Reckless driving
• Distracted driving, usually texting
• Hit and run accidents
Contact an Attorney in a Pedestrian Accident
Each case is unique, so there may be one or more parties responsible in a pedestrian accident, such as a property owner or municipality who is responsible for the maintenance of the parking lot, crosswalk or the road itself. The area may not be properly marked or well-lit, which would make them liable in addition to the vehicle that actually disobeyed the law.
If you, or someone you love, has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Riverside, a professional and knowledgeable injury attorney should be contacted as soon as possible for legal help. Waiting to find help means losing valuable time and evidence that could be vital in recovering compensation. Seek medical assistance in an emergency room or from your family doctor first, and obtain all medical records. Then schedule an appointment for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer to discuss the details of the accident and to learn about your rights. Don’t allow another person’s negligence to ruin your life.