Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Sacramento
Pedestrian accidents can be catastrophic. When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the victim can suffer broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, impact injuries, and other serious harms from the force of the collision. If someone else’s negligence caused your pedestrian accident, seek help from the lawyers at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp in Sacramento, CA.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
In a bustling city like Sacramento, pedestrian accidents are bound to occur. This does not however, mean they aren’t preventable. Most pedestrian accidents result from inattentive, negligent, or reckless drivers. Others stem from dangerous crosswalks or poor city planning. Still others are partially the pedestrian’s fault, for failing to pay attention while walking. These are all types of negligence that can result in drivers striking and even killing pedestrians. Pedestrian collisions occur most often due to:
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to yield right of way at crosswalks
- Failure to signal while turning
- Disobeying traffic signs
- Driving unsafely for weather or traffic conditions
Drivers owe even greater duties of care in the presence of children, such as in school zones or residential neighborhoods. Children are prone to running into the road without warning, playing near the road, or playing in the street. It is a driver’s duty to exercise special care in these areas, slowing down and paying careful attention, lest a child dart into the road from between parked vehicles.
Drivers also have a duty to operate with extra care around construction zones, where workers are vulnerable and working close to busy roadways. Anytime drivers breach their duties of care, resulting in an accident, pedestrian victims have the right to file personal injury claims in the Sacramento courts.
Pedestrian Fault in California
In some pedestrian accidents, the driver is not 100% to blame. The pedestrian may have crossed the road without waiting for a signal, crossed where there was no intersection or crosswalk, or darted in front of a vehicle. In cases where pedestrians breach their duty of reasonable care for their own safety, the courts will assess contributory negligence. California follows the doctrine of comparative negligence, which allows the plaintiff to sue for a percentage of damages in the event that he or she was partially at fault for the accident.
Contributory negligence subtracts the amount of awarded compensation the plaintiff takes home by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault. Since California is a pure comparative fault state, the plaintiff can take home compensation regardless of his or her percentage of fault. This is good news for many injured pedestrians, as it means there is hope for damage recovery even in the event of shared fault. Always speak to an attorney about the merit of your case before deciding not to file – you may find you’re eligible for recovery for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage.
Call our Sacramento Pedestrian Injury Attorney
Eric Ratinoff and his team of hard-working injury attorneys have dedicated their lives to defending the rights of those who cannot defend themselves. Eric founded the firm on the basis of valuing people over profits. His team has stayed true to this principle in the firm’s 23-plus years serving the citizens of California.
We are seasoned trial lawyers who work relentlessly for our clients, telling their stories in powerful and compelling ways in front of insurance agents, judges, and juries. We know exactly what we need to do to maximize your chances of receiving compensation. Contact us to schedule your free consultation, where we will get to know you and analyze the details of your pedestrian accident.