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Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyers and Attorneys

How and Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?

Vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can be particularly deadly. More often than not, drivers of vehicles like cars, trucks, vans, and buses are the liable parties in these accidents. However, pedestrians violating traffic laws are also responsible for a significant number of accident cases in the United States. Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 48.6% of the 6,205 pedestrian fatalities in 2019 were due to a failure to yield the right of way. Another 19.1% of pedestrian fatalities were caused by improper crossings of roadways or intersections.

According to a 2020 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which examined 2019 NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data, pedestrian deaths comprised 17% of all traffic-related fatalities, up from 13% in 2010. Additionally, GHSA identified a 46% increase in pedestrian fatalities between 2010-2019, compared to a 5% increase in all other traffic-related fatalities over that same time period. 

The personal injury attorneys at Carpenter & Zuckerman have extensive experience litigating tough pedestrian accident cases, which is evidenced by the firm’s successful track record of winning over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts for injury victims. 

All of this experience adds up to one central truth: you can trust the experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at CZ Law to proficiently advocate for you! We are always fighting to obtain the maximum compensation possible for our personal injury clients, and we will stop at nothing when contending for justice.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the seasoned pedestrian accident attorneys at CZ Law today for a FREE consultation.

Safety Tips to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

While not all accidents are preventable, there are steps each of us can take to safeguard against the risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. 

Safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Obey traffic laws and signs, always being vigilant to cross roadways and intersections in designated crosswalks.

  • Make eye contact with vehicle drivers before crossing the street, regardless of whether you have the right of way.

  • Use sidewalks whenever possible; otherwise, walk facing traffic.

  • Avoid using handheld electronics and other distractions, especially when crossing busy intersections or walking near roadways.

  • Limit alcohol use. Alcohol is a main risk factor, present in nearly half of all traffic-related fatal pedestrian accidents. 

  • Increase your visibility by wearing bright or reflective clothing and using a flashlight at night.

Safety tips for motorists:

  • Obey traffic laws and signs, taking extreme care to scan for pedestrians in all directions before proceeding.

  • Wait for pedestrians in crosswalks before moving ahead — exercise caution and proceed only when it is safe.

  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol was present in nearly half of all fatal pedestrian accidents in 2019.

  • Minimize distracted driving, including using handheld electronic devices, eating, and conversing with passengers. 

  • Use extra caution at night and during inclement weather — most pedestrian accidents occur after dark.

  • Yield to pedestrians if you are ever in doubt of who has the right of way, and remain aware of vehicles behind you.

Contact Our Skilled Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian-related car accident and sustained injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party. Get in touch with our team of qualified lawyers at the law firm of Carpenter & Zuckerman today to discuss your case.

With offices in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Orange County (Garden Grove), Irvine, San Diego, Bakersfield, and Las Vegas, our team of well-versed pedestrian accident attorneys serves clients throughout the state of California, as well as other states.

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