Fresno was recently saddened by the news that 7-year-old Donovan Maldonado was killed after being struck by Loren LeBeau, who was driving drunk. Driving under the influence is extremely dangerous, putting not only yourself, but others at risk, including pedestrians. However, drunk driving is not the only source of pedestrian accidents. When you combine high traffic volumes and large numbers of pedestrians or cyclists in the same area the chances of pedestrian accidents occurring increase dramatically. More often than not, pedestrian accidents are caused by negligence on the part of a careless motor vehicle operator.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There are multiple causes that could lead to a pedestrian accident, causing serious injury or possibly death. These include:
- Running a red light
- Turning into a crosswalk without looking
- Speeding or reckless driving
- School zone speed violations
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Distracted driving (cell phone, text messaging)
- Hazardous road conditions (the city may be liable)
- Failed to stop when a school bus arm was extended
- Failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian
- Commercial vehicles, semi trucks, buses, taxi cabs, public transportation
Injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident can be very costly. It is important that you contact a Fresno personal injury attorney immediately. The Law Office of Gregory W. Fox can help you through this tough time; we represent people injured in pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, as well as the survivors of victims in wrongful death accidents. We work hard to aggressively protect your rights while you focus on your family and loved ones. Our goal is to determine if you are eligible to receive compensation following the accident to help you with:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Permanent injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
Fresno Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian laws are designed to protect those who are engaging in activities that take place while not riding in a vehicle. These activities include: walking, jogging, running, skateboarding, rollerblading, cycling, and so on. Due to the fact that a lot these activities take place within close range of moving vehicles, pedestrian accidents can occur, which may lead to a long and painful recovery. We understand that it is a difficult time for you and that your health and recovery is the most important thing to focus on. That is why while you focus on recovery, we will manage your case, collect evidence, and deal with the insurance companies involved. We want to make it as easy on you as possible.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you should contact a Fresno pedestrian accident attorney right away. At The Law Office of Gregory W. Fox most appointments can be scheduled for the same day. Contact us if you have any questions, we can be reached at (559) 222-5800.