When a pedestrian is struck by an automobile, the injuries are catastrophic. These victims were struck by surprise and had no protection, and whether the vehicle was going 10 mph or 30 mph, the impact is horrific. If you or a family member has been in a pedestrian accident, and it was not your fault, do not carry the losses that you paid. The negligent party should be held responsible and that requires a professional San Bernardino pedestrian lawyer to represent you in court.
Statistics show that pedestrian accidents are rising every year. A total of 60,000 accidents a year were reported in the U.S. in 2010, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA statistics show that a fatal accident involving a pedestrian occurs every two hours.
San Bernardino Accident Lawyer and Insurance
If you, or a loved one, has been involved in a pedestrian accident that was not your fault, you have every right to consult a San Bernardino pedestrian lawyer in the San Bernardino/Riverside, CA area. The victim needs to secure a competent and knowledgeable injury attorney who can hold the proper party responsible, and recover the losses that were incurred.
Insurance should always be contacted, but most national insurance companies do not repay 100 percent of the loss. They do not pay the full amount of work missed due to the accident or the pain and suffering. For full compensation, you need an experienced San Bernardino pedestrian accident lawyer who understands the motor vehicle laws and the laws of the municipalities involved.
San Bernardino Pedestrian Accidents
San Bernardino is a sister city to Riverside and has a population of over 200,000. Together they have a population of over half a million residents with thousands of people visiting every year. According to NHTSA, the state of California has the most car accidents and pedestrian accidents in the U.S. with a close second going to Texas. The most common causes are drunk driving and hit and runs; these two factors are the cause of 40 percent of all accidents. Hits and run accidents are on the increase nationwide, and statistics show that they have risen 19 percent in the past three years.
What to do After an Accident
Fleeing the scene of an accident is against the law; the driver is required to remain until law enforcement arrives. Until the police and your lawyer arrives, focus on these things.
• Safety always comes first. Do not administer first aid beyond compression to stop bleeding and CPR.
• Call 911.
• Exchange information if pedestrian is able.
• Give honest details to police, and if your lawyer has arrived, follow their instructions.
The fault in an accident is determined in a court of law. Do not take matter into your own hands with statements, such as “I feel so guilty” or “I am so sorry.”