You may be surprised to learn that the most common type of traffic accident involving pedestrians does not happen on crowded urban streets. The most commonly-injured pedestrians are on the side of a highway: stranded motorists changing tires or inspecting their vehicles, road construction workers, and law enforcement officers conducting stops. If you’re injured on the side of the highway by a negligent driver, you are entitled by law in California to full compensation for all of your medical treatment and all of your injury-related expenses. After a side-of-the-highway pedestrian accident, discuss your case and your injuries at once with an experienced Fresno personal injury attorney.
In the United States, about twelve pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents every day. From 2009 through 2013, the number of pedestrian fatalities attributable to negligent drivers rose by fifteen percent. Twenty percent of all pedestrian fatalities are hit-and-run cases. It’s a growing concern, and last August, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) published a study entitled, “Everyone Walks: Understanding and Addressing Pedestrian Safety.” The GHSA report offers several recommendations to help states reduce the number of accidents involving people stopped on the roadside.
Intoxicated pedestrians are another group with rising injury and fatality numbers. In 2013, one out of every three pedestrians age 16 or older who died in a traffic accident had a blood-alcohol content level measured at 0.08 percent – the legal limit – or higher. If you are a pedestrian who is injured – now or in the future – in a traffic accident in the Fresno area or anywhere in California, you’re going to need the advice and representation of a good personal injury lawyer who will assess your case, outline your options, and fight to have your medical expenses and lost wages fully reimbursed. If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian, don’t wait. Make the call at once and speak to an experienced Fresno personal injury attorney.