Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
When you step out onto the road, you do so with the trust that the vehicles on the road with you will respect your right-of-way and allow you to pass safely. Sadly, thousands of pedestrians in the U.S. are killed every year by negligent drivers. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, then you are probably feeling alone, traumatized, and fearful of what your future holds.
That is why HN Injury Lawyers is dedicated to helping those injured in pedestrian collisions in Orange County. We understand just how devastating these kinds of accidents can be, and we want to help. If you are looking to file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for your injuries, we may be the law firm for you. Call us at (657) 333-5726 to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.
When crossing the road in a crosswalk, pedestrians in Santa Ana have the complete right-of-way. This means that drivers must stop for pedestrians, allowing them to pass before continuing forward. Not all drivers bother to follow that law. Santa Ana drivers can be aggressive, choosing to get to their destination a few minutes sooner rather than driving responsibly.
Pedestrian injuries are usually caused by a driver’s error. Drivers have the greater responsibility on the roadways as they are the ones operating dangerous machinery. When these drivers are careless, it is often pedestrians who suffer the most. OC pedestrians get hurt when drivers are:
There is no excuse. A driver who glances down at his phone for a split second is still a distracted driver. It is unfortunate that these drivers are rarely the ones left suffering after hitting a pedestrian. That burden falls to the pedestrian.
Unlike drivers, pedestrians have no protection when on the road. They don’t have airbags, seatbelts, or four metal walls keeping them safe in the event of a collision. This complete exposure leaves pedestrians at huge risk. Even a vehicle going just 20 mph is more than enough to cause serious injuries. The faster the car goes, the less likely the pedestrian is to survive. Collisions at 50 mph, for example, usually result in a fatality.
If the pedestrian does survive, he or she often suffers from:
- Broken bones
- Deep lacerations
- Organ damage
- Road rash
- Serious burns
- Brain damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb or amputation
- Crush injuries
Even a “minor” pedestrian hit is likely to result in severe injuries for the pedestrian. Meanwhile, the driver will be completely unharmed.
The emotional and physical fallout of being hit by a car is difficult to deal with, but it can be impossible to move past the financial fallout. These kinds of injuries will need invasive treatments in order to heal. That kind of medical help will cost a pretty penny, and an injured pedestrian may suddenly find himself in debt to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. Of course, debt is better than death.
In a recent year, close to 6,000 pedestrians were killed in collisions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those, alcohol was a factor in 50%. Drunk drivers typically do not have the reaction time needed to properly slowdown, which means a collision between a drunk driver and a pedestrian will almost always be at high-speed, making such accidents deadly.
Of the 3,600 car-collision fatalities in California in a recent year, nearly 25% of the victims were pedestrians, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). One of every four fatal crashes involved a pedestrian’s death. The chances of you or a loved one being killed by a negligent driver while crossing the street is terrifyingly high. And, even if you do survive, you must deal with an overwhelming amount of medical debt.
After becoming injured or losing a loved one to a pedestrian accident, you have likely been left in a financial hole. When you were injured through no fault of your own, you deserve compensation. Otherwise, you will be left paying for a mistake that wasn’t yours. Thankfully, under California law, those injured through someone else’s negligence have the right to file a personal injury claim.
These claims allow you to receive money from the liable party to cover your costs from the accident. You could receive compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of job opportunities
- Therapy costs
- Lowered quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment
However, insurance companies rarely want to pay what people are actually owed, and often fight tooth-and-nail to lowball claims or even deny them outright. To ensure you get the compensation that you deserve, talk to a skilled attorney who can fight for your rights.
Pedestrian collisions aren’t just physically dangerous: they can also put your mental health and your financial status in serious risk. We at HN Injury Lawyers have worked with many victims and seen the kind of toll that these collisions can have. That is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping people like you. To speak with a member of our experienced Santa Ana personal injury team, call us at (657) 333-5726 today.