Campbell Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Victims of pedestrian accidents commonly sustain catastrophic injuries such as bone fractures, brain damage, spinal cord damage, and internal organ damage, any of which may take weeks, months, even years to fully recover from, if at all possible. Those more fortunate may only sustain lacerations, bruising, and other so-called "minor" injuries, but they may also sustain emotional and mental damages due to the traumatic nature of such incidents. Whatever the case may be, pedestrian accident victims should seek legal counsel to determine whether they are entitled to compensation which can help them with their recovery.
At Van Der Walde & Associates, our northern California pedestrian accident attorneys can help you attain a favorable outcome in your personal injury or wrongful death claim case by filing your claim before the statute of limitations expires, conducting a prompt investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident, gathering material evidence and witness testimony that supports your claim, and either negotiating a full and fair settlement or fighting aggressively for it in trial. To speak with one of our highly qualified legal staff now, call us at (877) 862-6288.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were a total of 4,743 pedestrian fatalities in addition to 76,000 pedestrian injuries reported in the United States in 2012. There has been a downward trend in these incidents over the past two decades; however, many pedestrian accident injuries go unreported, so the numbers are not quite exact and may not reflect the reality of the situation. As for demographics, the majority (69 percent) of the pedestrians killed in 2012 were men. The hours between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. proved to be most dangerous. Besides time, the presence of alcohol in the bloodstream was another significant factor (0.08 g/dL or higher).
Why Do Drivers Collide with Pedestrians?All pedestrians can lower their risk of getting involved in a collision with a motor vehicle by following the laws of the road and engaging in safe behavior. However, they may not, through their own actions, completely reduce their chances of being in an accident; motorists also share responsibility in keeping them safe. Unfortunately, many drivers do not uphold the standard of care that is expected of them and commit negligent and/or reckless actions that put pedestrians in harm's way. The common ways in which wrongful motorists cause pedestrian accidents include the following:
- Speeding: At high speeds, motorists have less time to react to their surroundings and a higher chance to lose control of their vehicles. For example, a driver may round a curve at exceedingly high speeds and fail to stop at an intersection around the bend in time to avoid a collision with a pedestrian.
- Distracted Driving: Behaviors such as eating, putting on makeup, texting, and talking should not be performed while driving. Any reduction in focus can have disastrous results. For example, a motorist may not realize there's a stop sign coming up because he or she is preoccupied with a text. A pedestrian, having the right of way, may be crossing at the exact wrong moment and get hit as a result.
- Drunk Driving: The effects of alcohol on the brain are not compatible with such a potentially dangerous activity like driving. Delayed reaction time, fatigue, memory loss – these can all lead to devastating accidents when they're affecting someone who is behind the wheel.
If you have sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident and you believe the offending motorist exhibited one or more of the behaviors above, get in touch with a qualified attorney right away. You may be entitled to a more than adequate settlement.
What Are Common Types of Injuries Susatained in a Pedestrian Accident?
Some of the pedestrian accident injuries that our law firm has seen are:
Brain Injury - the results of a brain injury are devastating. Brain injury occurs when the head is struck suddenly and violently and comes in contact with an object that may or may not pierce the skull. People who receive injuries to the brain are likely to develop numerous physical, emotional, and mental side effects. These may include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Personality changes
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Weakness of arms and legs
- Mood swings
- Neurological disorders
Spinal Cord Damage - this type of injury always results in some level of paralysis and leaves the victim with many physical, emotional, and mental side effects:
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of control over bowels and bladder
- Numbness in limbs
- Loss of respiratory functions
- Loss of digestive functions
- Loss of reproductive functions
- Nerve disorders
- Lifelong difficulties in coping with this devastating injury
Additional pedestrian injuries include broken or crushed bones, coma and lacerations.
A Reliable Legal Team
The Campbell personal injury attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates may be able to help you recover a six-figure, even seven-figure settlement that will cover your damages. Contact us today to learn more.
The San Jose personal injury lawyers at Van Der Walde & Associates recovered a $234,097 verdict against property owner for a broken knee sustained by an 82-year-old disabled Plaintiff when she was struck by a car in a shopping mall parking lot that lacked handicapped crosswalks. (Haney v. Sunnyvale Town Center).