Injury Lawyers Zealously Represent Victims of Pedestrian Accidents in Oxnard
Helping you recover from serious injuries
Pedestrians are no match for cars and trucks, with accidents leading to head trauma, broken bones and other serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, you need dedicated and knowledgeable legal representation. At Crane Flores, LLP, we put more than five decades of experience to work for every accident victim. We find out the cause of the crash, hold the negligent parties responsible and get you full and fair compensation.
Who is most at risk for a pedestrian accident?
Traveling by foot is more dangerous than many people realize, whether it is walking to the neighborhood park in Santa Barbara or stepping outside to grab lunch in Ventura. In 2010, a pedestrian was killed approximately every two hours and injured every eight minutes in vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The risk is highest for:
- Urban streets. Nearly 75 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur in congested urban areas like Oxnard, where more people walk and drive.
- Nighttime. Pedestrians are harder to see at night. The hours between 8 p.m. and midnight are the most dangerous.
- Non-intersections. It is more dangerous to cross the street away from an intersection. Almost 80 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections.
- Elderly. Seniors move slowly and are prone to serious injury if struck by a vehicle. Older pedestrians (aged 65+) accounted for 19 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and about 11 percent of all pedestrians injured in 2010.
- Children. Kids are also at increased risk of being hit by a car. Children aged 15 and younger accounted for 7 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in 2010 and 23 percent of all pedestrians injured in traffic crashes.
Who is responsible for a pedestrian accident?
Under California law, both pedestrians and drivers have certain responsibilities.
Drivers must exercise “all due care” to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Pedestrians must follow traffic signals and wait for traffic to clear before crossing the street.
However, there are no guarantees — even in a designated crosswalk — that an approaching driver can see you and stop in time to allow you to cross safely. Common pedestrian accidents include:
- Hit and run collisions. After striking a pedestrian, many drivers panic and flee the scene. Our lawyers investigate hit and run accidents and track down the responsible driver.
- Drunk driving crashes. Alcohol and drug impairment puts everyone at risk, including pedestrians. Our attorneys help drunk driving accident victims seek justice and compensation.
- Distracted driving accidents. Drivers who fail to pay careful attention to the road may not see a pedestrian until too late. Victims injured in crashes due to cell phone use, such as texting while driving, can seek damages from the negligent driver.
- Right-of-way violations. Accidents frequently occur when drivers turn on a green light and do not notice a pedestrian is crossing. Pedestrians obeying a “walk” signal have the right of way, and the driver may be held liable.
Pedestrians struck by cars or other vehicles can sustain severe injuries such as head injury, broken bones and spinal cord injury. In the most serious crashes, victims may suffer long-term consequences, such as permanent brain damage or paralysis.
To ease the burden, we help injury victims recover damages from the negligent driver who caused the collision, including reimbursement for medical bills and time missed from work. The family of a pedestrian killed in a crash may also recover compensation for their losses, from funeral expenses to the loss of the victim’s love, affection and companionship.
Protect your rights: contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney
To find out how we can pursue financial compensation for your injuries, contact Crane Flores, LLP today. We have offices in Santa Barbara, Oxnard and Ventura, and we offer hospital or home visits to accident victims and their families. Call our offices today at 805.568.5927 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.