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If you were injured or lost a loved one due to an El Centro pedestrian accident, you can pursue the recovery of damages through a pedestrian accident lawsuit. The El Centro personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys know El Centro’s streets and its courts, and have established a hard-won reputation for helping people just like you recover the compensation you need to pay for the treatment of your injuries.
Read on for more information on this type of accident and the legal process of obtaining compensation, or just call Gomez Trial Attorneys for help with your El Centro pedestrian accident. We’re ready to listen to your story and evaluate your case.
According to a report from Smart Growth America, the number of pedestrian deaths in California rose more than 38 percent in a decade, with El Centro being one of the top ten most dangerous California cities for pedestrians. Around 22 percent of the fatalities from vehicle-related collisions are pedestrians, making both the number of pedestrian deaths and the percentage of crash fatalities attributed to pedestrians higher than the national average.
Some additional alarming statistics include a pedestrian accident rate that is two times higher for Native American and Black populations than it is for others, and an accident rate that is twice as high for people over the age of 50 than it is for those who are younger.
Pedestrian deaths have increased nearly 50 percent since 2009, and traffic accident experts believe that one of the main culprits of this increase is the love Americans have for SUVs.
According to an investigation of the issue conducted by the Detroit Free Press and USA Today:
While SUVs are a major source of pedestrian accidents, they are certainly not the only source. Other issues factor into the increasing number of accidents involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, including:
Males are more likely than females to get into pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to be killed in a crash.
As previously mentioned, SUVs pose a danger to pedestrians due to having higher-profile front ends. The point of initial injury in a pedestrian accident is the area of the body where the vehicle first makes contact. In higher profile vehicles, this area is higher on the body—in the chest or head area of a child or smaller adult, and in the chest or stomach of a larger adult. With smaller profile vehicles such as sedans, the impact point is lower in the hips and leg area. Often, once the vehicle makes contact, the pedestrian is then either tossed through the air or onto the hood or windshield of the vehicle, creating more opportunities for serious injuries.
Some of the injuries commonly seen in this type of accident include:
While children under the age of 14 had the highest rate of pedestrian accidents in the 1970s, they are now among the lowest affected populations of pedestrians. That said, nearly 20 percent of all children under the age of 14 who are killed in traffic-related collisions are pedestrians at the time of the crash. According to Safe Kids California, pedestrian accidents are the fifth leading cause of accidental death for children ages five to 19. Child pedestrians face risks in school zones and while getting on or off of a school bus, including in El Centro.
Here’s how drivers can exercise proper care and reduce the rate of pedestrian accidents in El Centro:
If you or your child were injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by the negligent or careless actions of a motorist in El Centro, you can pursue compensation for your damages through a personal injury lawsuit.
The damages you could be eligible to collect include:
The motorist’s insurance policy generally pays these damages. The vast majority of personal injury cases settle before the case goes to trial. However, you want the assistance of an experienced pedestrian accident attorney who is comfortable and confident with the notion of presenting your case in court just in case that becomes necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve.
The award-winning accident attorneys at Gomez Trial Attorneys have experience with the needs of El Centro pedestrians who have been seriously injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle. Let us help you understand the legal process of recovering damages. Contact us online or by calling (619) 237-3490.
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