National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports there were 4,378 pedestrian fatalities in traffic accidents
in the United States in 2008, with another 69,000 pedestrians injured
in traffic crashes. These statistics result in an average of one pedestrian
killed in a traffic accident about every two hours, and one pedestrian
injured in an accident about every eight minutes.
Pedestrians have very little protection in a collision with a motor vehicle.
San Mateo pedestrian accidents can cause a person to suffer very severe
injuries that may even result in death. Common pedestrian accident injuries
in San Mateo include, but are not limited to, broken bones and fractures,
head and brain injuries, internal bleeding, paralysis, spinal cord injuries,
and more. Oftentimes catastrophic injuries result, which forever alter
a victim’s life.
To help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in California, the NHTSA
recommends that pedestrians cross the street at designated crosswalks
and always look both directions before crossing. Pedestrians should also
be aware that some motorists may be driving recklessly, under the influence
of drugs or alcohol, or while distracted. Unfortunately, a pedestrian
should never assume a vehicle will stop and let them cross. The NHTSA
also reminds pedestrians to always walk on a sidewalk whenever possible.
If pedestrians must walk in the street, they should walk facing towards
traffic. While walking at night, pedestrians should wear reflective clothing
and use a flashlight to alert motorists of their presence.
If someone is injured in a
San Mateo pedestrian accident, they may be able to receive compensation to cover the cost of their injuries
and other related damages from the driver who caused the accident, particularly
if it is found the driver acted negligently. Damages may include coverage
for hospital and medical expenses, loss of present and future wages, pain
and suffering, and more. If a pedestrian dies as a result of the accident,
their family may be able to receive compensation for funeral costs, loss
of companionship, and more if a wrongful death claim is filed.
At Van Der Walde & Associates, our
San Mateo personal injury lawyers offer their legal assistance to those who have been injured or lost a
loved one in a pedestrian accident in San Mateo and throughout the Bay
Area. Call our law offices today at (800) 900-0863 to schedule a free