The dedicated team at Injury Trial Lawyers, APC provides representation to pedestrians injured in collisions as well as to family members whose loved ones were killed.
We understand the impact that an accident can have on your life and your family, and we treat your case with the individual attention and personalized approach that your claim deserves. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, speak with a qualified San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer today.
Pedestrian Accidents in San Diego
Pedestrians are at risk of serious injury or death when drivers fail to obey the rules of the road or make careless driving errors. The California Highway Patrol noted in there Statewide Integrated Traffic Records Report (“SWITRS”) that in 2013, San Diego County had 1,028 pedestrian injuries, with 54 of those resulting in death.
According to a recent report on NBC 7, pedestrian deaths are at an all-time high in San Diego since 2003. The study found that of the 7,509 pedestrian accidents between 2001 – 2012, at least 50% of those accidents occurred on crosswalks. The study further noted that between 2008 – 2012:
- 40% of total pedestrian collisions happened at signalized intersections
- 37% happened in mid-block locations
Far more eye-opening, the number of pedestrians killed more than doubled between 2011 – 2012. Experts believe that building more crosswalks is only part of the solution. Beyond more crosswalks, experts speculate that increasing the visibility of existing crosswalks is necessary to reduce the risk of pedestrian injury and death.
Pedestrian Accident Liability
Drivers are responsible for pedestrian collisions if they behave in a negligent or careless manner that causes the accident. It is up to the pedestrian to prove that the driver broke the rules of the road or did something unreasonably dangerous that led to the accident. This can include:
- Driving while impaired
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while drowsy
- Disobeying traffic signals, including stop signs and red lights
- Failure to yield to the pedestrian when required
Some pedestrian accident cases raise complicated questions because the pedestrian may be partly at fault for the accident. A pedestrian who crosses against the light, for example, may have played a role in causing the incident.
However, even when a pedestrian is partly at fault, this does not preclude a claim for compensation. Under comparative fault rules in California, a pedestrian could still recover partial compensation from the driver. These complex cases must be handled by an experienced team with a deep understanding of how motor vehicle accident laws apply to injury and wrongful death claims.
How We Can Help You
Our San Diego pedestrian accident attorneys pride ourselves on providing a different kind of legal representation to injured victims. We do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to accident cases but rather take the time to learn the nuances of your loss and help your family truly make the civil justice system work for you.
An injury or a death in a pedestrian accident can be devastating and you need to receive the full compensation that the law provides. We will use our legal experience to fight for you to get all of your losses covered, whether through an out-of-court settlement or in-court case.
Contact An Experienced San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
We are never afraid to stand up to the insurers and we have a reputation for fighting hard for our clients while keeping them informed and looking out for their interests from start to end. You pay no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you, and your consultation and case evaluation is always free.
Call today to speak with San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer Curtis Quay and learn how we can help after you or a loved one was injured in an accident. We are available to assist you at our downtown San Diego office or can make arrangements to come see you.