Pedestrian Injuries from DUI Accidents

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Pedestrians have little defense when going up against the force and momentum of a moving vehicle. Not only are pedestrians more difficult for motorists to see and avoid while on the road, but they are extremely vulnerable to serious injury, up-to and including wrongful death. When drunk driving is factored into the equation, pedestrians are placed in harm's way even more so than they would be in an accident involving a sober driver, particularly because the reaction time of a drunk driver is considerably slowed.

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Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the state of California is home to more pedestrian deaths each year than any other state across the country. Specifically, the NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System shows that there were a total of 7,056 fatal pedestrian accidents in California over an 8 year period from 1997 to 2005.

While less than 20% of motorists involved in these fatal pedestrian accidents were deemed to have been under the influence of alcohol, the number of incidentss is still far too high. According to statistics, drunk driving still reportedly killed more pedestrians on average than speeding did during the previously mentioned period of time.

In almost half of all fatal pedestrian accidents, alcohol is in some way involved, either having been consumed by the motorist or pedestrian. While pedestrian intoxication is actually more common than motorist intoxication, a great number of motorists choose to operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol each year. Because of this poor decision making, families and friends lose loved ones and lives are forever altered.

Fight for Just Compensation with Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP

If you've been injured in a drunken driving pedestrian accident, you are entitled to hold the negligent driver responsible for the accident accountable for their actions. Dangerous driving practices, such as operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, are deemed as reckless and are punishable in a California court of law.

Furthermore, individuals deemed responsible for having caused an accident may be required to pay compensatory damages to the party or parties affected by the incident, including the family of a wrongful death victim.

Monetary compensation may be recovered to help pay for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Funeral costs
  • Lost income
  • Lost ability to work
  • Property damage

Pursuing Compensation After a Drunk Driving Accident

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our experienced San Jose pedestrian accident attorneys will examine every detail pertaining to your or your loved one's injury or wrongful death. In a drunk driving accident, we will take into account the field sobriety tests administered by arresting officers at the time of the incident, as well as blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing results, to help show that the motorist accused of causing the drunk driving accident did so while under the influence of alcohol or some other substance.

We will then seek compensatory damages on your behalf or on behalf of your lost loved one. We are constantly protecting the rights of the accident victim during court proceedings. For more information about drunken driving pedestrian accidents, or for a free first consultation, please call our firm at (800) 900-0863 today.

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