A study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projects that the number of pedestrian deaths in 2018 will be the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in almost three decades. According to the GHSA, it is estimated that 6,277 pedestrians died in traffic-related accidents during 2018. In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. California had the highest number of pedestrian deaths in 2017 (858). California also had the highest number of deaths from pedestrian accidents in the first half of 2018 (432).
In this article, our Sacramento pedestrian accident attorneys discuss several issues related to pedestrian accidents in California.
Highlights From This Article:
- Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- Potential Factors Impacting the Rise in the Number of Pedestrian Deaths
- Why Are Traffic Accidents Deadly for Pedestrians?
- What Should You Do If You Are Injured in a Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident?
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The number of individuals killed in pedestrian-vehicle accidents in 1990 was 6,482. While the expected number of pedestrian deaths in 2018 is just below that figure, the 2018 figure is higher than any other year since 2009. In 2009, pedestrian fatalities dropped to 4,109, but began increasing again over the next decade.
Other key statistics from the report include:
- California led in the number of pedestrian deaths for several years.
- From 2008 through 2017, pedestrian deaths increased by 35 percent compared to a decrease of six percent in the total of all traffic deaths during that same period.
- Pedestrian deaths increased by four percent from 2017 to 2018.
- California, along with Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Georgia, accounted for 46 percent of the pedestrian deaths in 2017.
- Twenty-five states experienced an increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2017 to 2018.
- Pedestrian deaths increased by 45 percent during the nighttime compared to an 11 percent increase in daytime pedestrian deaths from 2008 through 2017.
- From 2013 to 2017, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents involving SUVs increased by 50 percent, compared to a 30 percent increase in traffic accidents involving passenger vehicles, even though passenger vehicles comprised 42 percent of the total vehicles involved in pedestrian accidents.
- About one-half of the pedestrian-vehicle fatalities in 2017 involved alcohol impairment of the driver or pedestrian.
Potential Factors Impacting the Rise in the Number of Pedestrian Deaths
There could be numerous factors at play that could contribute to the increase in pedestrian deaths. Some of the trends that the GHSA cited as potential causes in the rise of pedestrian fatalities include:
- An increase in the number of people walking. One survey found a four percent increase in the number of people who walk to work between 2007 and 2016.
- The need for safer crossings could contribute to the number of pedestrian accidents since most deaths occur at night on local roads.
- In about one-half of the pedestrian-vehicle accidents, unsafe behaviors were reported, such as distractions, speeding, alcohol impairment, and drowsy driving.
- The number of SUVs on roads may play a factor in the higher number of pedestrian deaths. A USA Today Network/Detroit Free Press investigation concluded that the popularity of SUVs was a leading cause of the increase in pedestrian deaths. SUVs have a higher front end, which can be deadly for pedestrians struck by these vehicles.
- Driver behaviors continue to be factors in pedestrian accidents. Speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, drowsy driving, and failing to yield the right of way are just a few of the driving behaviors that contribute to the number of pedestrians killed each year.
Regardless of the reason why a pedestrian-vehicle accident occurs, the pedestrian is typically the victim who suffers the most severe injuries in the accident.
Why Are Traffic Accidents Deadly for Pedestrians?
Pedestrians do not have any protection from the impact of a collision with a vehicle. The individual’s body receives the full force of the impact. In some cases, a vehicle may actually run over the pedestrian, thereby crushing the person under the vehicle. In other cases, a pedestrian may be thrown causing the person to hit another object or violently strike the ground. In either case, the person’s body can be severely injured from the impact.
Life-threatening injuries, including internal bleeding and damage to internal organs, can result in immediate death or death within a few days. Other injuries may result in lifelong disabilities that severely limit the person’s ability to work, care for themselves, and care for their families.
Some of the common injuries that pedestrians sustain when they are struck by a vehicle include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Head and brain injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions
- Damage to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent disabilities and impairments
Pedestrians who are injured in a motor vehicle accident can experience great financial hardship in addition to physical and emotional injuries. By filing an accident claim with the insurance company for the driver, an injured pedestrian may recover compensation for financial losses, physical injuries, and emotional suffering.
However, the steps a person takes immediately after a pedestrian accident can have a significant impact on an insurance claim. One way to protect your legal rights and best interests is to contact a Sacramento pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your claim. An attorney works to obtain a fair and just settlement for your losses and damages.
What Should You Do If You Are Injured in a Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident?
Being injured by a driver while you are crossing the road, jogging, walking to work, or otherwise enjoying walking can turn your world upside down. Below are some steps that our Sacramento pedestrian accident attorneys recommend that you take after a pedestrian-vehicle accident. While you may not be able to take all steps, the steps you can take can improve your chance of recovering full compensation for an accident claim.
Report the accident immediately.
Calling 911 is typically the best way to report the crash and request emergency medical services. In most cases, a pedestrian is severely injured; therefore, someone who witnessed the accident called the police to report the crash. Your attorneys may obtain the 911 records as evidence in your case.
Go to the emergency room for treatment.
In a few cases, a pedestrian may walk away from an accident thinking that he or she is not severely injured. However, the person could have sustained internal injuries or head trauma. It is wise to be checked and examined by a medical professional after being struck by a vehicle. In addition, refusal of transport to the ER is typically noted in the accident report, which could be used by an insurance provider to argue you were not injured in the crash.
Seek medical treatment.
If you do not go to the emergency room, it is wise to follow up with your physician as soon as possible. Seeing a doctor protects your health, but it also documents your injuries for an insurance claim.
Ask eyewitnesses for their names and contact information.
Eyewitness testimony can be extremely helpful for proving fault and liability for a pedestrian accident. If possible, ask witnesses to write their information down for you, text the information to you, or give their information to the police officer.
Take pictures of the accident scene.
This step may be impossible for a pedestrian who has been hit by a vehicle. However, the person may be able to ask a bystander to take a few pictures if the person’s cell phone was not damaged in the crash.
Do not discuss the accident.
Anything you say can be used by the insurance provider later in your case. Therefore, refrain from providing statements, written or recorded, to an insurance adjuster or other party representing the insurance provider or driver. Also, you may want to refrain from posting on social media until you speak with a Sacramento pedestrian accident attorney. A talented trial attorney could twist the meaning of innocent posts to convince jury members that you were not injured or not injured as severely as you claim.
Document damages and your recovery.
As you recover from your injuries, it helps to take photographs of your injuries and keep a journal detailing your pain and suffering. You should also keep detailed records of your financial losses and expenses related to the accident, your injuries, and your recovery. You must have evidence of financial losses to include amounts in a settlement demand.
Contact a Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Attorney
As soon as possible, call our office to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. Our legal team helps you document your damages, investigates the crash, gathers evidence, protects you from aggressive insurance adjusters, and fights to get you the money you deserve after being injured by a reckless driver.
Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Sacramento Fighting for Justice for Accident Victims and Their Families
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You deserve to have a legal team working diligently to protect your best interests. The insurance adjuster does not work for you! Instead of trusting an employee working for the insurance company, trust the Tiemann legal team to handle your pedestrian accident claim.
Intersection accidents are some of the most common types of traffic accidents. Do you know why accidents at intersections are common? Who is at fault for intersection accidents? Our Sacramento car accident attorneys discuss these questions and other issues related to intersection accidents in the below article.
In this article we discuss:
- How do intersection accidents occur in California?
- Who is at fault for an intersection accident?
- What are common injuries and damages caused by an intersection accident?
- What steps should you take after an intersection accident?
How Do Intersection Accidents Occur In California?
Intersections, especially busy intersections, can be difficult to navigate. Many of the causes of intersection accidents are attributed to driver error. However, a few accidents may also involve other factors.
Some of the common causes of intersection accidents include:
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Turning on red
- Distracted driving or inattention
- Disregarding stop signs
- Running red lights and yellow lights
- Lack of adequate road signage
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
- Defectively designed intersections
- Overgrowth of foliage
- Turning with an obstructed view
- Misjudging the space between vehicles or a vehicle’s speed
- Illegal maneuvers and other traffic infractions
Determining the factors involved in causing the accident is crucial in proving who was at fault for causing an intersection accident.
Who Is At Fault For An Intersection Accident?
In most cases, the driver who failed to yield the right of way or violated a traffic law is found to be responsible for causing a crash at an intersection. However, it can be difficult to determine who caused the collision if multiple vehicles are involved, each driver has a different account of how the accident occurred, and the vehicles are moved before police officers arrive.
Law enforcement officers will attempt to determine the cause of the crash during their investigation. However, the officers may not be correct when they determine the driver or drivers who contributed to the cause of the crash. Therefore, you may need a Sacramento car accident attorney to investigate the crash and retain experts, such as accident reconstructionists, to recreate the crash to determine fault.
Because proving fault for the crash is crucial for recovering money for your claim, our Sacramento car accident attorneys aggressively investigate intersection accidents by:
- Conduct a physical examination of the accident scene to gather evidence
- Inspect the damage to each vehicle
- Search for and interview eyewitnesses
- Search for videos of the accident created by bystanders or taken from local security cameras
- Retain experts to assist in recreating the collision to determine cause and fault
- Subpoena the records from a vehicle’s onboard systems, including a commercial truck’s black box
We may take additional steps in addition to the above steps, depending on the circumstances and facts.
What Are Common Injuries And Damages Caused By An Intersection Accident?
It is also important to obtain evidence that substantiates your injuries, damages, and losses. The injuries from intersection accidents can cause traumatic and permanent disabilities and impairments. Your financial damages could be significant. Because the compensation you receive for an accident claim can help you pay for ongoing medical care and living expenses, we work closely with you and your doctors to document all your damages and losses.
Common injuries sustained in intersection crashes include:
- Spinal cord injuries and back injuries, including paralysis
- Neck and shoulder injuries, including whiplash
- Brain and head injuries, including concussions and TBIs (traumatic brain injuries)
- Broken bones and complex fractures
- Seat Belt Syndrome
- Second Impact Syndrome
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent impairments and disfigurements
Most accident victims are entitled to receive compensation for financial and non-economic damages. Financial damages are your “out-of-pocket” costs related to the accident. Examples of financial damages include medical expenses, loss of income, travel expenses, physical therapy, medical equipment, and medications.
Non-economic damages are your “pain & suffering” damages. In addition to financial damages, you might be entitled to recover money for your mental, physical, and emotional suffering and pain. Also included in non-economic damages are scarring, disabilities, impairments, and disfigurement.
Pain & suffering damages can be more difficult to prove. However, an experienced Sacramento car accident attorney understands how to use the evidence in your case to maximize the demand for compensation for non-economic damages.
What Steps Should You Take After An Intersection Accident?
The steps you take immediately after an intersection accident can help your claim or hurt your claim. You may not be able to take each of the following steps after an accident, but you should try to take as many of these steps as possible.
After an accident you should:
- Always report the car crash to the police. You want an official report documenting the crash from a law enforcement agency.
- Go to the emergency room from the crash scene. It is important for your health and your claim to be examined by a medical professional. If you do not go to the ER immediately after the accident, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
- Try to take pictures of the accident scene. Videos are great too! Take pictures of the position of the vehicles, damage to the vehicles, skid marks, road debris, road signs, traffic signals, and the surrounding area. Do not place yourself or others in harms’ way to take pictures.
- Avoid speaking with insurance adjusters for the other party, providing statements, or signing releases until after you meet with a Sacramento personal injury attorney. The information the adjuster obtains could be used to lower the amount of money you might receive for your insurance claim.
- Document your expenses and losses carefully. You may increase your compensation for financial losses if you have documentation of all losses. Keep receipts and invoices for any expense related to the accident, including receipts for over-the-counter medications or medical supplies; bills paid for someone to cut your grass; and, receipts for travel to and from doctor appointments.
- Contact a Sacramento car accident attorney. As soon as possible, call our office to speak with a legal professional about your case. Our legal team guides you through the process of filing an accident claim and protects you from unfair and aggressive insurance company tactics.
Contact A Sacramento Car Accident Attorney for a Free Case Review
For a free consultation with a California car accident attorney, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or visit our website.
Drugged driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. If a driver is using prescription or illegal drugs, the driver’s reaction times and judgment may be impaired. Even over-the-counter medications can have side-effects that might impair a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Being able to spot a drugged driver might help you avoid a car accident. However, you may not have time to notice driving behaviors that would indicate a person is impaired by drugs. Therefore, it might help to recognize some of the signs that a person is abusing drugs so that you can point this out to the police officer at the accident scene.
Signs That a Person May be Under the Influence of Drugs at an Accident Scene
According to the Mayo Clinic, five signs that a driver might be impaired by drugs include:
Lack of Coordination and Slurred Speech
In addition to being signs that someone may have been consuming alcohol, poor coordination and slurred speech may also indicate drug use. Many drugs may have this effect, especially painkillers and anti-anxiety medications when taken excessively. Overuse of drugs can severely impair motor function thereby causing a drugged driving accident.
Paranoia and Agitation
Many people are upset after a traffic accident. However, if someone is overly agitated or paranoid, it could be an indication that the person is abusing a prescription stimulant. The drugs may not impair everyone’s ability to drive. However, if someone is agitated or paranoid, they may make mistakes behind the wheel.
Many drugs have drowsiness as a side effect. If a driver does not appear alert or able to stay awake, you may want to mention this to the police officer. The drowsiness could indicate the person took certain drugs before driving.
Hostility or Violence
Sometimes drugs that cause nervousness or paranoia can cause a person to become violent or hostile. Individuals may feel hostility after a crash, but some may be overly hostile or violent. Do not confront someone like this because drugs could be involved.
Lack of Concentration
A lack of focus or concentration can also be a side effect of using drugs, especially overusing anti-anxiety medications or painkillers. These drugs can significantly impair brain function if abused and cause a drugged driving accident.
Drugged Driving is Illegal in California
Drugged driving or driving while impaired by drugs is illegal. This includes over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, and illegal substances. Based on a driver’s actions, if you believe the driver might be using drugs, do not confront the driver. Individuals using drugs can be very unpredictable. It is best to keep your distance, remain calm, and notify the officer of your suspicions. The officer will take care of the matter.
Filing a Car Accident Claim with the Help of a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a car wreck, our legal team can help you file a claim with the driver’s insurance company. We can investigate the car crash to determine the cause and gather evidence to prove liability.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule your free consultation with a Sacramento car accident lawyer.
Rear end car accidents or “fender benders” can be a hassle. Even minor damage requires that you report the crash to the police and your insurance company. You need to take time off work to get the vehicle repaired and possible rent a vehicle to use while your car is in the shop. However, rear end car accidents can also cause severe injuries. Some rear-end crashes result in catastrophic injuries that take months or years to heal. Some victims never fully heal from their injuries.
Do not assume that your rear end car accident is a “minor” incident that you can handle on your own. While in most cases, the person driving the vehicle in the rear is blamed for the crash, that does not mean your accident claim will be easy to win.
What Causes Rear End Car Accidents?
As with other car accidents, there are a variety of reasons why a rear-end crash might occur. One of the most common reasons for rear-end accidents is inattention or distracted driving. A driver is not paying enough attention to the road ahead to stop when the vehicle in front stops or slows down.
Another common reason for rear-end car accidents is speeding. When you are exceeding or traveling too fast for conditions, it takes longer to stop. A driver may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision if the driver in front must slam on the breaks. The same situation is true if a driver is tailgating or following too closely.
Common Injuries in Rear-End Crashes
Regardless of the cause for the rear-end accident, the accident victim deserves to be compensated fully for all damages. Insurance companies often fight these claims because they refer to rear-end accidents as “whiplash” cases and discount the victim’s injuries and losses. A Sacramento rear-end accident attorney can help you fight this injustice.
Common injuries sustained in rear end car accidents include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head and brain injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Lacerations, bruises, and broken bones in the face and hands
- Airbag and seat belt injuries
- Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs
- Neck and should injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
What Can I Do To Protect My Claim?
These steps can help you build a strong case for compensation after a rear end car accident:
- Call 911 to report the crash and request assistance.
- From a safe location, and if you will not cause further injury, take pictures, and make videos of the accident scene
- Do not discuss the crash with anyone other than the police officer and your attorney
- Never say “I’m sorry” or accept blame for the accident
- Ask witnesses for their names and contact information.
- Seek immediate medical attention. You need to document your injuries in addition to taking care of your health.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your claim and other steps you may need to take to protect your rights.
Contact a Sacramento Rear End Car Accident Attorney
For a free legal consultation with a Sacramento rear-end crash attorney, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000.
You can find heavy machinery on almost every construction site. The size and number of machines required to complete construction vary, but they all have one thing in common. Unfortunately, heavy equipment can cause traumatic injuries and deaths in construction site accidents. Therefore, it is vital that employers, contractors, and employees understand the risks and dangers associated with heavy machinery and how to prevent construction site accidents.
Why Do Heavy Equipment Accidents Happen?
Construction site accidents involving heavy equipment are far too common. Some of the reasons heavy equipment accidents occur include:
- Lack of training
- Defective machines or parts
- Lack of safety procedures
- Using the machine for a purpose other than its intended purpose
- Lack of safety gear
- Failure to communicate
Backhoes, excavators, cranes, tractors, trucks, loaders, drills, and compactors are just a small sample of the types of heavy machinery you might see on a construction site.
A worker or visitor injured in a heavy equipment accident may be entitled to compensation from one or more parties. We encourage you to contact our Sacramento construction site accident attorneys for a free case review to discuss the steps you need to take to recover compensation for your injuries.
You may receive additional compensation by pursuing more than one cause of action. A Sacramento construction site attorney can help you determine all your options for recovering compensation for your injuries.
Ways to Prevent Heavy Equipment Accidents on Construction Sites
Some accidents are not preventable. However, you can take steps to reduce heavy equipment accidents at work. Some of the steps that can help prevent construction site accidents include:
- Always wear safety gear, such as steel-toed boots, goggles, harnesses, safety vests, masks, ear plugs, and heavy-duty work gloves.
- Wearing reflective clothing can also help reduce the risk of a heavy equipment accident. Highly-visible clothing helps operators see workers to avoid accidents.
- Schedule regular safety meetings to discuss safety plans and guidelines. Employers can also review prior accidents and how to avoid repeating those accidents.
- Avoid night work. Working late at night can increase the chance of an accident because of fatigue and lack of sufficient lighting.
- Take frequent breaks when you operate heavy equipment. Being tired and fatigued reduces your judgment and reaction time, which could lead to an accident.
- Perform regular maintenance and inspections. Heavy equipment requires a great deal of maintenance. Make sure that your company has a policy in place to inspect and maintain equipment. The policy should also instruct employees to stop a machine immediately and report the problem if the machine begins operating inconsistently or erratically.
- Always use heavy equipment to perform the job it is intended to perform. Using equipment to perform other jobs can be dangerous
Call a Sacramento Construction Site Accident Attorney
Heavy equipment injuries are serious. You may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits and third-party compensation. Don’t wait to contact an attorney. Statutes of limitations restrict the time to file claims.