Pedestrian and Cyclist Accident Rates Are Rising
Before cars, roads were made for people and bicycles. Now there are entire cities where the roads are well-designed for motorized vehicles, but not for the road users who are biking or on foot. Sadly, this has created a sort of baseline for the deaths and injuries among pedestrians and cyclists throughout the country. Now, with the distracted driving issue, those numbers are increasing. Learn what you can do if you or someone you love is injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident in California.
The Concerning Statistics
In March of 2017, the Governors Highway Safety Association released a statement on the concerning increase in pedestrian deaths over the last year – a whopping 11 percent, which amounts to about 6,000 fatalities. This is just six years after a 2011 study had determined that pedestrian deaths were up three percent from the previous year. Not all pedestrian accidents result in death, however; there are many more accidents that result in serious injury to the victim.
Serious accident injuries can keep the victim from working, or they may result in significant temporary or lifelong disability. Either situation can place their family at a serious risk for financial devastation. Both may entitle the victim and their family to compensation. Bicyclists, who are at an increased risk of death or serious injury in a car crash, may also be entitled to compensation.
Compensation for a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident
While victims do not have to seek out an attorney for their case, it is highly recommended. Not only will doing so ensure that the victim’s rights and best interests are protected throughout the entire legal process, but it can also relieve some of the stress for victims and their families. An attorney can also decrease the risk of a denied, delayed, or reduced payout. So, if you or someone you love has been injured by a driver while walking or biking, seek legal assistance for compensation related to your:
- Medical bills,
- Pain and suffering,
- Lost time at work,
- Loss of vitality,
- Loss of a loved one, and
Contact Our San Diego Personal Injury Lawyers
If you are looking for an aggressive but compassionate advocate to assist you in your pedestrian or bicycle accident case, contact Martinez & Schill, LLP. Dedicated to protecting your best interests and committed to helping you receive the compensation that you deserve, our San Diego personal injury lawyers will fight for you. Schedule a personalized consultation to learn more. Call our offices at 619-512-5995 today.