Carlsbad Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The City of Carlsbad has committed to improving pedestrian safety—and for good reason. Pedestrians are at risk whenever they walk in the city. The greatest risk comes from dangerous drivers who fail to exercise proper caution around pedestrians. Any collision could be deadly, and even those who survive a collision typically struggle with serious injuries. We encourage the City of Carlsbad to continue to focus on pedestrian safety and encourage the creation of more elevated crossings, as well as the enforcement of traffic safety laws. If you’ve been struck by a motorist, call Pursley Law Firm to talk with our Carlsbad pedestrian accident lawyer. You might sue the driver for hitting you.
Pedestrian Accidents Are Avoidable
California already has detailed laws regarding the rights and duties of pedestrians and motorists. California Vehicle Code § 21950 states that:
- Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians within a marked crosswalk or inside an unmarked crosswalk.
- Pedestrians must use care when crossing the road.
- Pedestrians cannot run into the road if doing so would create an immediate hazard.
- Drivers must reduce their speed as they approach an intersection and shall exercise due care.
Alarmingly, many motorists drive distracted or fatigued, so they are not paying attention to whether someone is trying to cross the street. Other motorists are actually speeding or run a red light intentionally because they are in a hurry to get to their destination. Some even try to “scoot” by a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Many pedestrians are also hurt when drivers make a right-hand turn. A driver must ensure that the crosswalk of the street they are turning into is clear. Some drivers just hit the gas and assume that the way is clear, even on a right-on-red turn.
Pedestrians can suffer horrifying injuries in any collision. If a car is going over 40 miles per hour, there is a high likelihood the pedestrian will suffer a fatal blow. Even at slower speeds, cars can leave pedestrians with serious traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, fractures, and road rash. Pedestrians might be unable to walk without pain and require physical therapy.
Fortunately, pedestrians can hold negligent motorists accountable for running into them. Our law firm has helped our clients sue for medical care, income loss, and pain and suffering. Drivers should have liability insurance to cover these accidents.
Get the Legal Help You Need
Many pedestrians are shocked when they hear a driver accuse them of jaywalking or throwing themselves in front of a vehicle. As explained above, pedestrians have a duty of care, too. If you were negligent, your compensation will probably be reduced proportionally to your degree of fault.
This is why a lawyer from Pursley Law Firm is such an asset. We can review all evidence and make a case that the driver bears most of the blame for a crash. We will also negotiate aggressively to get you the compensation you need for your injuries. Ready to get started? Contact us to speak with our Carlsbad pedestrian accident lawyer in a free consultation.