As a method of exercise, walking can be very beneficial for your health, and it is also an excellent option as a means of transport if you want to take care of the environment. However, it must be considered that as pedestrians, there are also specific rules to follow when on the street. We must always be alert about when we have the right of way to avoid accidents. Pedestrians should also be aware that they should only cross the street in designated areas.
Motorists should also take certain precautions for the safety of pedestrians and themselves. Unfortunately, pedestrians don’t have any protective equipment to shelter them, as cars do, which means they can get into more severe accidents.
In California, where the weather lends itself to many outdoor activities, pedestrian accidents are very common. In the state, there are laws that protect pedestrians if they are involved in an accident and are injured by a motorist, bicyclist, or another pedestrian.
The responsibility for the accident will fall on the person who was not careful when driving the streets, committed some negligence, or broke laws such as:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Using the phone while driving
- Not stopping when they should.
In the event of a pedestrian accident, the most important thing is that you first see a doctor. If you are not seriously injured, to claim compensation, it will be vital for you to collect the details of the person who caused the accident. This includes their name, contact information, license plate, license number, and insurance information. You must also file a police report. If possible, collect the contact details of any person who witnessed the accident to make a stronger case.
After taking care of yourself and collecting the necessary data, you will be able to claim your compensation. The driver’s insurance will have to pay for any expenses resulting from the injuries suffered in the accident—such as medical, hospital, pharmaceutical bills, etc.
In the event of a pedestrian accident, contact a personal injury attorney for support in your case. At Herrera Law, we are here to help you.