When in San Diego, walking is one of the many activities tourists and locals enjoy. There are many places worth seeing in the city and going on foot provides exercise and the opportunity to avoid parking nightmares. So, what makes this wonderful pastime so dangerous?
Drivers are increasingly distracted by devices in their vehicles. However, even people who refuse to use their phones while driving can become distracted. They may focus on something on the side of the road, be trying to discipline children inside the vehicle or have a disagreement with a spouse. Some people may even try to do makeup and change their clothes while driving. Distracted driving increases the risk of an accident.
For years, DUI efforts have focused on catching drivers who are drunk or tipsy. Nowadays, law enforcement has expanded its reach to people who are driving while high. Many drivers feel that only illegal drugs can get them in trouble. However, if a driver’s car collides with you after taking drugs with clear warnings about inducing drowsiness, he or she may still face charges and you might receive higher compensation value.
Unfortunately, some people deliberately use their vehicles as weapons. There have been several incidents in recent years of people driving down sidewalks or into crowds of protestors. Intentionally hitting people with a car can result in very serious charges for the driver. Injured parties may pursue compensation as well.
Sometimes, the design of roadways can put pedestrians at unnecessary risk. Design flaws may include unmarked crosswalks and no stoplights at busy intersections. While drivers do have a responsibility to stay vigilant on any roadway, poor infrastructure increases the likelihood of a crash involving pedestrians.
EVs are likely the future of transportation, but pedestrians must adjust to how quiet they often are. The quietness of EVs can cause pedestrians, especially children, not to notice them. In response to the risks they pose, some car manufacturers now produce EVs that sound similar to regular vehicles.
Many accidents involving pedestrians occur when drivers make a turn. Left turns are especially dangerous. In fact, NPR estimates that simply making a left turn accounts for about a quarter of pedestrian-related crashes. Drivers may be looking at the flow of traffic and not notice pedestrians crossing the street.
The CDC reports that 137,000 pedestrians received treatment in emergency rooms for crash-related injuries that proved nonfatal. These are some of the injuries a San Diego pedestrian may suffer after a crash:
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Broken or fractured bones
• Soft tissue damage
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
When a San Diego pedestrian suffers injuries, the injured party may sue the driver. The driver’s insurance company may then fight the case on his or her behalf. In hit-and-run cases, the victim may need to pursue provisions under his or her existing insurance policies, which can also lead to litigation.
Insurance companies will expend every legal resource they can afford to avoid accepting financial responsibility. Are you prepared? We recommend hiring a lawyer for every pedestrian crash case, even when it seems like a straightforward win. Contact us
as soon as possible to discuss your case.