Every day in California, pedestrians who are crossing in a crosswalk, jogging down the street, walking through a parking lot and even walking on the sidewalk are stuck by a cars or trucks. Obviously, a pedestrian does not have the luxury of a seat belt, the steel protection of a car, or even the luxury of a motorcycle helmet.
There are several dangerous areas where pedestrians are at higher risk: near the confusion of a construction site, while crossing the street (particularly where there is no crosswalk) while walking alongside a road (and not on a sidewalk).
Some professions, activities, and demographics that are high risk for pedestrian impact injuries include utility workers, landscapers, police officers, garbage collectors, runners, the elderly (because it takes them longer to cross the street, and they are sometimes less able to evade negligent drivers) and children.
One important question in California pedestrian accidents is whether there is any insurance coverage to pay for the pedestrian's injuries. The simple case is where the negligent driver has insurance – that driver's insurance will be responsible to pay for the pedestrian's injuries.
If the at-fault driver does not have insurance, flees the scene and cannot be found (hit-and-run accident), or has low insurance that won't cover the full cost of the pedestrian's injury, then the pedestrian's automobile insurance policy will kick in if it has uninsured/underinsured coverage.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in California, the Accident Attorneys at Tryk Law handle these matters with success. Call us day or night at (559) 840-3240
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