Any Fullerton resident who has spent time around a young child knows that at the very least kids can be unpredictable. One minute they may be quietly playing with a toy and the next minute they may be running toward the door, looking for a means of escape. The unpredictable and impulsive nature of young children is one of the reasons that they are often involved in injury-causing accidents.
Pedestrian accidents are often tragic incidents that result in serious injuries or even death for the unfortunate individuals who are struck by motor vehicles. In California pedestrian accidents are relatively common and one portion of the population is especially prone to suffering harm in these often preventable collisions: children.
Accidents between pedestrians and vehicles are an all too common occurrence in Southern California. These sometimes fatal incidents often happen when vehicle drivers allow themselves to be distracted from the important task of safely and responsibly operating their motor vehicles. Whether through in vehicle distractions or through a lack of regard for traffic laws, drivers create dangerous problems for the men, women and children who must walk on and near Fullerton roads.
When there is a car accident in Southern California, drivers are expected to stop and render aid if it is necessary. At the very least, they should stop and make certain that everyone is safe and contact law enforcement for an accident report. This requirement is heightened when there is an accident with a pedestrian. Because they are not shielded with the protections that those in a car have, pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries and death. When it is a hit and run, it becomes a criminal issue. Those who have been injured or had a loved one killed because of a fatal pedestrian accident should understand the importance of considering a legal filing.
Throughout California, the vulnerability of pedestrians is well-known. Since it is difficult to get around in the state, particularly in Southern California, without a car, there are always many drivers on the road. Some will behave in a risky way, not adhere to the law, and place pedestrians at risk. Because pedestrian accidents can do so much damage, those who have been injured in an auto-pedestrian accident or lost a loved one in such a crash must know that a legal filing is often essential to recover adequate compensation for all that was lost.
Drivers must adhere to Southern California law to keep everyone safe. For example, a driver should allow pedestrians to cross when there is a crosswalk. Drivers are also expected to stop at red lights and drive on the correct side of the road. Unfortunately, there are seemingly accidents every day in which a driver commits a violation, is simply not paying attention or is behaving recklessly. When there are pedestrian accidents, the victims can suffer severe injuries and even be killed. Having legal help to consider a legal filing to cover the costs and be compensated is important.
In Orange County and throughout California, the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents that result in a fatality is becoming a worrisome trend. With the number of accidents involving vehicles hitting bicyclists and pedestrians, areas of the state are having law enforcement take steps to reduce their incidence. One tactic that resulted in close to 50 citations being written targeted violators. While this is a strategy to keep riders and pedestrians safe, it is unavoidable that a pedestrian or bicyclist versus auto accident will still come about.
Everyone who is on the road in Orange County and throughout California should be vigilant and aware of his or her surroundings. Pedestrians might believe that because they are not in a motor vehicle, they are relatively safe from an auto accident. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents happen quite frequently and cause serious injuries and deaths. People who are not protected by a vehicle and are hit are susceptible to significant damage. These can cost massive amounts in medical expenses, lost wages and more if the person survives. If there is a fatality, the family left behind will be forced to deal with the financial and personal fallout. In these circumstances, people should be aware of their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.
During the summer in Southern California, there will be many teens on the road. Their inexperience can make them a danger to other drivers and pedestrians who are also on the road. Compounding these dangers is when the teen driver is operating the vehicle recklessly and under the influence. When there are pedestrian accidents, regardless of the cause, there can be severe injuries and even death. Those who have been in an auto accident as a pedestrian need to know how to seek compensation through a legal filing for all they have lost.
No one can blame Southern California residents for wanting to walk or ride their bicycles for either recreation or short trips. The weather in the local area is beautiful, and it is great to be outside. However, there are some unfortunate negative aspects to traveling as a pedestrian. Namely, the rate of pedestrian accidents in Southern California can be high.