Pedestrians walking around the city have the right to enjoy all of the sites and experiences they can. They shouldn’t have to worry about vehicles with drivers who aren’t paying attention striking them as they venture about. Unfortunately, we know that pedestrians across the country are hit and injured by cars every day.
Pedestrians and drivers alike have many things that they need to pay attention to when they’re moving around the city. For drivers, things like crosswalks and intersections have to become priorities because the pedestrians cross the road at these. For pedestrians, the focus has to be on watching their step, making sure that they’re on the sidewalks and watching for oncoming traffic whenever they are going to cross the road.
Pedestrians who are crossing the road don’t have the protection of a vehicle’s body to keep them safe if they are struck by a car — even when the car isn’t going very fast. This puts them at a greater risk of suffering from serious — sometimes fatal — injuries when they are hit. Typical injuries suffered by pedestrians who get hit by cars can range from road rash and broken bones to spinal cord and brain injuries. Oftentimes, these injuries take a long time recovery period, which can mean lengthy hospital stays and many days missed from work.
If you are a pedestrian who was struck by a car and suffered a serious injury, we are here to help you seek compensation for the damages you suffered. Keep in mind that you only have a limited time to pursue a claim or you potentially lose the right forever. In California, the statute of limitations is just three years.