Pedestrian and vehicle accidents happen every day in San Diego. Poorly marked or signed crosswalks, jaywalking, speeding drivers, and distracted drivers are just some of the reasons that these pedestrian accidents happen. According to the California Highway Patrol, fatal pedestrian collisions are up 39 percent this decade compared to last decade. Statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety reflect this trend:
- 867 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2016 (6 percent increase from 2015)
- 14,000 pedestrians injured in 2016
- Pedestrian fatalities rose over 30% between 2012 and 2016
- Almost 8,000 people died in pedestrian traffic accidents in California from 2006 to 2016
Pedestrian accidents can be much more complex than a simple car accident case because typically the pedestrian suffers severe injuries. Broken bones, torn muscles, spinal cord injury, paralysis, and death can occur when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle. To make matters worse, many pedestrians are the victims of hit-and-runs where the negligent driver fails to even stop to see if the pedestrian is OK.
Our office focuses on San Diego personal injury cases and we have handled serious hit-and-run cases. In many of these cases an investigator will be sent to the scene of the accident to identify whether any cameras could have potentially caught the hit-and-run driver’s license plate. Many times we find that security cameras that are set up at stores or other businesses could have footage of the pedestrian accident that makes the difference in making out a case. It is imperative that an investigation happens quickly as many of these cameras have limited storage that can be overwritten in as little as thirty days.
As soon as we are hired to work on a pedestrian accident case, we will immediately investigate the area where the accident occurred and will attempt to obtain any additional evidence that might not be included in a police report, if one was prepared. The sooner that an experienced attorney is hired on a pedestrian accident case, the better off the client usually is in obtaining a recovery.What Kind of Damages Can I Recover in a San Diego Pedestrian Accident Case?
Damages that can be recovered include the following:
- Medical bills including ER and ambulance bills
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Damages for mental or emotional problems
- Funeral expenses
- Property damages
For more information or to speak to a San Diego Pedestrian Accident Attorney today, call us at (619) 377-4660 or fill out the contact us form and we will immediately contact you to discuss your case further. There is no fee to speak to a potential client about a case and all pedestrian accident cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee unless your case is won or settled in court.