When you walk around your neighborhood, you expect to be safe. Crosswalks, stop signs and traffic signals all help to protect you from vehicles in the roadway. Unfortunately, sometimes drivers ignore red lights or don’t stop at crosswalks. In these situations, pedestrians can be hit and may suffer serious injuries. The Inland Empire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Joseph Richards provide aggressive legal representation to injured pedestrians and their families.Causes of Inland Empire Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Pedestrians can be hurt nearly anywhere that people walk. From driveways and parking lots to sidewalks and crosswalks, there is always a possibility of danger. Drivers of cars, motorcycles, buses and trucks often hit pedestrians. Some of the most common reasons for these accidents include.
Distracted drivers. Drivers cannot pay full attention to the road when they are using a cell phone or any other electronic device. They may also be distracted by passengers, food or even the button on a car radio.
Fatigued drivers. Drowsy driving is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving and results in drivers who aren’t fully focused on the road or the pedestrians in front of them.
Intoxicated drivers. The use of alcohol or other intoxicants by drivers frequently leads to serious or deadly accidents.
Negligence. Drivers often speed, disregard traffic laws or otherwise operate their vehicles recklessly. In these cases, they may be found to be negligent under the law.
Our firm holds all drivers accountable for their dangerous behavior and helps victims of pedestrian accidents get justice.Understanding Pedestrian Injuries
Those injured in hit-and-runs and other pedestrian accidents may suffer a variety of serious injuries. Broken bones are common, as are injuries to the hands, feet, back and neck. Many pedestrians hit their head during accidents. The head may impact a vehicle, the road or other surfaces. Traumatic brain injuries come in many forms and can range from a minor concussion to serious and debilitating forms of brain damage. Many serious head injuries result in coma or death. At the Law Office of Joseph Richards, our Inland Empire injury attorneys may aggressively pursue justice through wrongful death lawsuits for families who have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident.Getting Justice After an Accident
Pedestrians may be able to recover their medical expenses from their own insurance company or the insurer of a family member. Pedestrians may recover from the driver who was at fault or that driver’s insurer. Victims who have suffered serious injuries may be able to recover damages in a lawsuit. These damages may cover the cost of medical expenses, lost past wages and loss of earning capacity. Compensation for mental anguish and physical pain may be awarded in a lawsuit or agreed upon in a settlement. Punitive damages may be available when the driver was intoxicated. Dedicated personal injury litigators help injured pedestrians understand their rights under CA law and work hard to get them justice.If You or a Loved One Has Been Hit by a Car, Call Us Today
At the Law Office of Joseph Richards, we provide vigorous and persuasive representation to injured pedestrians and victims of hit-and-run accidents. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to the negligence of a driver, we may be able to help. Call us at (844) 562-2667 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.