Overview of Pedestrian-Accidents
Pedestrians are generally thought of as walkers, but they can also be runners or joggers on various land surfaces, including sidewalks, curbs, medians and other walkways. In Visalia and throughout the state and the country, they sometimes navigate over rough terrain, such as dirt, asphalt, pavement and concrete. They might walk in all types of weather when visibility is poor and conditions are harsh, which means they could be the victim of an injury or fatality if they are struck by an out-of-control vehicle or someone who is driving while impaired. This could result in a life-changing injury that means the person will need permanent medical treatment. Pedestrians face the highest risk of injuries of any group who is involved in an accident.
Statistics on Pedestrian-Accidents
The California Highway Patrol provided data on 2009 pedestrian injuries in the state. More than 13,000 pedestrians and 12,000 bike riders were hurt in accidents during that year. In Tulare County during the same time period, nearly 120 pedestrians were hurt while a dozen more were killed.<sup>1</sup>
Visalia and Tulare County Takes Steps to Address the Problem
The Resource Management Agency for Tulare County is working with other agencies to communicate the importance of road safety and sharing the road. The agency, which includes the city of Visalia, recognizes the importance of basic road courtesy and following the laws. They have various goals, including public education for road safety, putting up more signs on the roads and improved efforts from law enforcement agencies. However, Visalia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers understand that accidents can still happen despite the best efforts of law enforcement agencies. They want to remind those who have been the victims of an accident that they can seek legal representation.<sup>2</sup>
Representing Injured Pedestrians
Pedestrians who have been the victims of an injury-accident sometimes try to fight the insurance company on their own. However, they can run into a number of complications, such as red tape, waiting for returned calls and extensive delays as they try to resolve their case. In other situations, the insurance company could offer them a payment, but it might be very low. The pedestrian does not have a frame of reference to determine if the amount is fair. Visalia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers might be able to help them determine an appropriate amount of compensation to seek, especially if they need ongoing medical services. California law states that pedestrians who have been injured in an accident have six months to file a claim. Victims should contact Visalia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers without delay so that they can begin working on their case in order to resolve it as soon as possible.
<Sup>1, 2</sup> http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/county/index.cfm/county-news/tulare-county-considers-becoming-a-rules-of-the-road-county/