Pedestrian Accidents in California

Pedestrian accidents are one of the leading causes of severe injuries involving automobiles. According to the 2022 statistics from the California Highway Patrol, over 10,000 pedestrians were injured in California (10,111 in 2020 and 10,276 in 2021). Alarmingly, over 1,000 of these incidents resulted in fatalities. These figures highlight the critical need for increased safety measures and awareness among both drivers and pedestrians.

Why Are Pedestrian Accidents and Fatalities on the Rise?

Several factors contribute to the increasing number of pedestrian accidents and fatalities in California:

  • Growing Traffic Volume: The surge in vehicles on the road has amplified the likelihood of pedestrian accidents, particularly in densely populated urban areas.
  • Distracted Driving: The pervasive use of smartphones and other digital devices while driving has created a hazardous environment for pedestrians, as distracted drivers are more prone to accidents.
  • Urban Expansion: The rapid expansion of urban areas has led to increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic, heightening the risk of collisions, especially at intersections and crosswalks.
  • Speeding: Excessive vehicle speeds have exacerbated the severity of pedestrian accidents, with higher velocities resulting in more severe injuries and fatalities upon impact.
  • Impairment: Both drivers and pedestrians impaired by alcohol or drugs contribute significantly to the incidence of pedestrian accidents, as impaired judgment and reduced reaction times increase the likelihood of collisions.
  • Infrastructure Issues: Deficiencies in pedestrian infrastructure, such as poorly marked crosswalks, inadequate lighting, and malfunctioning traffic signals, contribute to the vulnerability of pedestrians on California’s roadways.

Who Is Considered at Fault in Pedestrian Accidents in California?

Determining fault in pedestrian accidents can be complex. Insurance companies frequently attempt to blame pedestrians for accidents. However, many factors contribute to these incidents, including driver negligence, pedestrian visibility, and road conditions.

Drivers may be distracted by their mobile devices, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or simply not paying attention to the road.
Pedestrians, on the other hand, may cross streets at non-designated areas or ignore traffic signals.

It is crucial to conduct thorough investigations to establish the true cause of the accident and ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable.


Tips for Pedestrians in California:

This reduces the chances of unexpected encounters with vehicles.

Increased visibility can significantly reduce the risk of accidents.

Being aware of your surroundings allows you to react quickly to potential hazards.

This simple step can prevent misunderstandings and accidents.

If sidewalks are unavailable, walk facing traffic to see oncoming vehicles

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident?

After a pedestrian accident, immediate action is crucial to protect your rights and ensure fair treatment. Here are the steps to take:

1. Initiate Investigation

Begin investigating the collision promptly to counter potential blame-shifting by insurance companies.

  • Visit the accident scene to understand its circumstances fully, including any contributing factors.
  • Attempt to obtain video footage from the defendant’s vehicle or nearby businesses.
  • Interview witnesses and neighbors to gather additional information.

2. Seek Medical Attention

Prioritize your health and well-being by seeking medical attention promptly, even for seemingly minor injuries.

3. Report the Incident

Contact the police to file an accident report, creating an official record of the incident.

4. Document the Scene

Take photos of the accident scene, including any visible injuries and property damage.

5. Exchange Information:

Exchange contact and insurance information with the involved parties, including drivers and witnesses.

6. Consult a Legal Professional:

Reach out to a lawyer experienced in pedestrian accidents to understand your rights and legal options.

7. Avoid Discussing Fault:

Refrain from discussing fault or making statements to insurance adjusters until you’ve consulted with your attorney.

8. Keep Records:

Keep detailed records of all medical treatment, expenses, and communications related to the accident.

Potential Compensation in Pedestrian Accident Claims

Medical Expenses

Compensation for all medical costs associated with the accident, including hospital bills, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care.

Lost Income

Reimbursement for any wages or income lost due to missed work resulting from the accident, as well as compensation for any future loss of earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

Damages for physical pain, emotional distress, psychological trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life caused by the accident and resulting injuries.

Property Damage

Compensation for the repair or replacement of any personal property damaged in the accident, such as clothing, eyewear, electronics, or other belongings.

Loss of Consortium

amages awarded to compensate for the negative impact the accident has had on personal relationships, including loss of companionship, affection, and support.

Punitive Damages

In cases involving particularly egregious conduct on the part of the at-fault party, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.

How the Law Offices of Adrianos Facchetti Can Support You

At the Law Offices of Adrianos Facchetti, our extensive experience in handling numerous pedestrian accident cases sets us apart. With a deep understanding of pedestrian accident law and a track record of successful outcomes, we are well-equipped to advocate fiercely for victims' rights.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you don't have to face the legal complexities alone. Our dedicated team is here to offer expert guidance and aggressive representation to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

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