More people than ever before in modern times are taking up walking for their regular in town travels including walking to work and to and from public transportation stations. As Riverside pedestrian accident attorneys know, along with the increase in pedestrians in our community also comes an increase in pedestrian accidents. While local efforts have been made to increase safety for pedestrians, there are still too many pedestrian accidents occurring in Riverside and throughout the rest of the state.
The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released preliminary results for 2018 accident statistics and it was reported that 2018 saw the most pedestrian accident fatalities across the country since 1990. Locally, the Riverside Police Department reportedly investigated 130 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2018. Attorneys at The Hayes Law Firm, APC understand that pedestrian accidents can change lives for injury victims and their families. Medical bills and lost wages can be financially crippling while physical recovery can be painful and slow going.
The Riverside Police Department regularly reminds pedestrians that they should only cross the street at crosswalks and intersections, preferably those with signs or signals. Pedestrians should be on the lookout for automobiles backing up and they should wear brightly colored clothing during the day to increase visibility. Drivers should yield to pedestrians’ right of way in crosswalks and intersections and follow signs and signals. Pedestrians and drivers should also avoid distractions to help keep Riverside roads safe for pedestrians and motor vehicle occupants.
Common pedestrian accident scenarios include those described below.
Common contributing factors in pedestrian accidents include the following:
In pedestrian accidents, defendants often argue that the plaintiff’s own negligence caused or contributed to his or her injuries. For example, the defendant may assert that the plaintiff sustained injuries because he crossed the street in the middle of the road instead of at the intersection or because the plaintiff was distracted by his phone at the time of the accident. Under California law, a finding that the plaintiff was negligent in causing his or her own injuries is not necessarily a bar to recovery.
When the defendant raises the comparative fault defense at trial, the jury will determine whether or not the plaintiff was partially at fault for the accident and if it finds that the plaintiff was negligent, the jury will determine the plaintiff’s percentage of fault. The jury award for the plaintiff’s damages will then be reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.