For many, it's a surprising — and alarming — figure: In 2012, pedestrians accounted for 16 percent of the 28,800 deaths due to motor vehicle accidents. In all, 4,743 people who lost their lives on the road weren't even in a vehicle, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. They were walking, standing on corners, jogging after work — and their lives were changed forever, due to someone else's negligence.
A large percentage of pedestrian accidents occur in California. In San Francisco alone, roughly 900 pedestrians are injured in accidents each year. According to the San Francisco Gate, 21 pedestrians were killed in 2013.
If you or a loved one was hit by a car, truck, bus or even a motorcycle, call one of our Oakland, San Jose, San Mateo or San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys at 877-454-9315 or email us today.
Oakland, San Jose, San Mateo and San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
For more than a quarter of a century, the Oakland, San Jose, San Mateo and San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyers of Mary Alexander & Associates have been protecting the victims of serious, avoidable vehicle crashes, whether they were drivers, passengers or pedestrians. The circumstances may differ, but our goal — our mission — is always the same: vindicating the rights of those who have suffered by the wrongful actions of another, and helping them get the recovery and accountability they deserve.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in San Francisco
Pedestrians are most vulnerable when they are entering an intersection. They are often hit in crosswalks by motorists who are not paying attention to traffic signals or stop signs. Driver distraction or intoxication is often behind these accidents.
Location also plays a role in pedestrian accidents. The majority of pedestrians hit in San Francisco are injured downtown, in the Mission District, in Tenderloin or in the streets south of Market Street. These are locations where there is higher density of traffic with cars moving at a faster rate of speed and walk signals that may not be long enough for people to safely cross. This is especially true for people who are elderly or disabled.
The time of day also plays a role. Pedestrians are more likely to be hit during rush hour in the morning and evening, when traffic is at its peak and visibility is often diminished.
Common Injuries to Pedestrians
Pedestrians have no protection against the force of a moving vehicle. When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the most common injuries are brain injuries and fractures of the lower legs. People who are hit may also experience lasting injuries to the spine, back and neck. These injuries may be permanently debilitating and due to the extent of head trauma, may even be fatal.
It is crucial that you do not underestimate the potential impact of the injuries. It is often difficult to appreciate the full impact of an injury. There are frequently costs that people do not consider. If you accept a settlement for an injury, there is no way to go back and recover more money at a later date. That is why it is important to hire an attorney who you can trust to properly evaluate your claim. Contact a pedestrian accident lawyer today!
We've taken on negligent drivers and vehicle manufacturers, and fight aggressively for our clients — both in court and at the negotiation table. And we're known throughout California for our high-tech courtroom exhibits that help explain what went wrong — and what shouldn't have — to juries.
When our Oakland, San Jose, San Mateo or San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyers take a case, we're looking to get our clients more than a favorable verdict or settlement. We're looking to give them a new start. And for more than 25 years, that's exactly what we've been doing. Whether you were walking in a crosswalk, jaywalking, or just walking down the street and got hit by an automobile, call 877-454-9315 or email us online for immediate help from a pedestrian accident attorney in San Francisco.