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Car vs. Pedestrian Accidents

Bakersfield Car and Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

If you were recently involved in a car accident involving a pedestrian, it is important that you consider retaining legal counsel for help with your insurance claim or lawsuit related to the accident. Although we would like to believe that these cases will be handled properly and that you will be treated fairly by the insurance company, law enforcement and all other potential parties involved in the accident, this is simply not always the case. Having an attorney to aggressively assert your interests and protect your rights is therefore of the utmost importance - particularly when serious injury or extensive property damage is involved.

At Pacific Attorney Group, we represent injured drivers, passengers and pedestrians in filing personal injury claims following a car versus pedestrian accident in the Bakersfield area. In addition to helping our clients with their insurance claims and negotiations in regard to these matters, we can also take legal action in civil court when necessary in order to seek the best possible outcome. Our goal is to assist our clients in proving the liability (legal responsibility) of the other driver and therefore recovering the full financial compensation to which we believe they should be entitled.

Pedestrian Accidents and Injury Statistics

In 2008, 4,378 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents nationwide. 69,000 pedestrians were injured. These statistics were compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a leading authority on traffic safety and statistics in the U.S.

In most situations, drivers are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing the street at crosswalks or street corners. However, there are other safety precautions pedestrians can follow to decrease the likelihood that they will be involved in a car versus pedestrian accident:

  • Always use the sidewalk and crosswalks.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic.
  • If walking at night, carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing or bright colors to increase visibility.
  • When crossing the street, even at a designated crosswalk, look left, right and left again before crossing to check for traffic.
  • Do not assume that motorists can see you, particularly when walking behind parked cars or when crossing a street or intersection.

Contact a Bakersfield car accident attorney at our firm today if you were injured in a car versus pedestrian accident.