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Exercising your right to pursue compensation when hit by a car

Walking, jogging or running is the preferred means of exercise for many individuals. For some, this may even be a favorite mode of travel, especially with warmer weather rolling in. Perhaps you choose to walk to and from many of your destinations, whether for exercise or simply to avoid traffic. Although walking may offer numerous benefits, you might also find it beneficial to be aware of the potential risks.

Pedestrian safety is a major concern that has led to numerous advancements, such as an increase in the number of crosswalks. However, despite taking measures to reduce the chances of a pedestrian-related collision, they continue to occur and are often catastrophic.

Potential causes of vehicle-pedestrian accidents

Even if you stick to sidewalks and crosswalks while walking, others may not adhere to the rules of the road, potentially placing you in danger in the process. Some of the hazardous driving decisions that can endanger nearby pedestrians could include the following:

  • Impairment:  A driver who chooses to operate a vehicle while under the influence can put the safety of everyone nearby at risk, including pedestrians. Distracted driving may be just as dangerous, often exhibiting many of the same signs as impairment.
  • Disobeying traffic laws:  Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, but that may not prevent a driver who speeds or disobeys a traffic light from entering your path.
  • Failure to adjust to conditions:  Failing to adjust to conditions such as inclement weather can also cause a dangerous collision. In addition to potentially slippery roads, weather conditions can make it difficult to see a pedestrian in time to avoid collision.

These may be just a few of the possible risks of walking. However, you, as a pedestrian, also have a duty of care while travelling. Perhaps you were aware of the risks and wanted to reach your destination safely by strictly adhering to California traffic laws when a car hit you. Chances are, you may have suffered serious injuries in the process.

Seeking compensation

With little in the way of protection, a car accident involving a pedestrian can be devastating. Along with the pain and suffering you might be experiencing, the financial obligations could be just as challenging to overcome. If the other party was at fault in the collision, you could speak with an attorney for advice on available legal options. A personal injury attorney can evaluate the collision, along with your financial needs, and help you pursue the full amount of compensation to which you're entitled through the civil justice system.

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