Going for a walk should never lead to an accident. Unfortunately, accidents happen and sometimes they are out of your control.
The potential for getting hit by a vehicle while you are walking is growing. Why?
Distracted driving. Smartphone and devices can have deadly consequences.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident while walking, you may need a pedestrian accident attorney in Daly City. At Allegiance Law, we will help you figure out what went wrong and whether or not somebody is liable for your injuries.
In the Daly City area, it can be hard not to spend the day walking. With great weather to enjoy and plenty of places to explore, especially considering the proximity to San Francisco, you may want to ditch the vehicle for the day.
Think about all the places you actually walk. Sometimes it is just down your street walking the dog. Other times it is a longer stroll from store to store on shopping days.
Other times, it is a simple walk through the parking lot to and from your vehicle.
Regardless of where you are walking, there is potential for an accident. Maybe you are going through a crosswalk when you have a green sign and a vehicle makes an illegal turn. Many pedestrian accidents happen in parking lots when drivers carelessly backup without checking their surroundings. Pedestrians even get sideswiped when they are on sidewalks.
All of these scenarios can lead to serious injuries.
The CDC says that there are more than 5000 pedestrians killed and almost 129,000 injured each year in traffic accidents. Those numbers are staggering. People over the age of 65 and children under 15 are most at risk, but accidents can happen to anyone.
Now more than ever, people have to be vigilant. Drivers are more distracted while driving than they have ever been in the past. From smartphones to watches, many drivers think they can send a short text message or watch a quick video while still keeping an eye on the roadway.
They are wrong.
When a vehicle hits a person, the trauma that can occur is tremendous. If you are hit by a vehicle, a hospital stay and subsequent recovery can cause you to miss work, not to mention the medical bills that will occur. If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you may end up with no insurance coverage.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident while walking, please ensure all of your medical needs are met, no matter how minor they may seem at the time. Please know that internal injuries and head injuries often don’t have symptoms until hours after an accident.
After that, you may need a pedestrian accident attorney in Daly City. Figuring out whether or not someone is liable for your injuries can be confusing and insurance companies will try to settle with you quickly. No matter how major or minor the injuries, here at Allegiance Law, we are ready to help through this process, from handling insurance companies to medical claims. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.