Trusted San Jose & Salinas Pedestrian Accidents Attorney Defending Personal Injury Victims
When you use a sidewalk or cross the street, you expect drivers on the road to follow all the rules of traffic and do everything in their power to avoid hitting you. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen and pedestrians are injured in the process. If you have been injured by a car or truck while walking, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your injuries and the expenses incurred relating to the accident. That’s where we come in.
Higher Risk in California
Because our state is so populous with people and cars alike, pedestrians are more likely to be injured here than those in other areas of the country. A recent statistic states that 22% of California’s motor vehicle accident fatalities involve a pedestrian; a figure significantly higher than the national average of 13-14%. It is our duty as pedestrians to be aware of our surroundings, but California drivers must also exercise extreme caution when traveling in areas frequented by pedestrians.
California Pedestrian Law
Jaywalking, or crossing a street at a point other than the crosswalk, is illegal, but drivers are held liable for damages whether you cross the street lawfully or otherwise. It is the responsibility of the driver to slow down or stop for any pedestrian crossing a street, regardless of where they are. Furthermore, if one car stops for a pedestrian, it is illegal for another motorist to go around the stopped vehicle. If you are injured as a pedestrian, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years.
Fighting on Your Behalf
Our job at Accident Recovery Legal Center is to ensure you get the compensation you deserve following a pedestrian accident. You deserve to receive financial support for all medical care, loss of wages, diminished income earning potential and even pain and suffering you experience as a result of your accident. Our highly experienced personal injury attorneys have more than 100 years’ combined experience and can help you get the maximum amount of compensation possible.