At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we have Santa Clarita pedestrian accident lawyers standing by to assist those that have become victims of these terrible accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 4,280 pedestrian deaths throughout the nation and nearly 70,000 injuries.
This was actually a four percent increase from the year before, which indicates that pedestrian accidents are on the rise more than ever before. Statistical trends seem to indicate that this rise in pedestrian accidents may be caused by the rise in number of total pedestrians. More people are walking and jogging than ever before. Walking has become more popular as a primary mode of transportation, and more people seem to be jogging on busy roads.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 18%of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 10%of all pedestrians injured in 2008. In 2008, one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian. Alcohol-impairment—either for the driver or for the pedestrian—was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian death. Of the pedestrians involved, 36 percent had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the illegal limit of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. 1
One of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is negligent drivers. Far too often, motorists fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians and do not look before they cross a crosswalk. Most of these accidents happen in crowded urban areas, according to data from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA). The NCSA also reported that the chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident are much more likely between the hours of 3am and 6am.
There are certain rules of the road that pedestrians must adhere to as well as motorists. For example, pedestrians must only cross the street when there is a designated cross walk or intersection. Crossing the middle of the street is considered negligence, and would likely constitute a self-inflicted injury. In cases where the pedestrian is considered liable for the accident, they may share the liability with the motorist if the motorist was also practicing some type of negligence (i.e. speeding).
If a pedestrian is found at fault, either partially or totally, then their auto insurance may be able to assist in the compensation. Many times, pedestrian accidents are caused by motorists that are simply not paying attention. If this happened to you or a loved one, then please do not hesitate to speak with a Santa Clarita pedestrian accident attorney from our firm to learn more. At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we can fight to see that you get deserved compensation. Don't wait- contact us today!