Pedestrian Accident

Deadly Pedestrian Accident on Seaworld Drive

- Paul Zuckerman

Recently a red Honda Civic reportedly hit a woman near Seaworld and East Mission Bay Drive in San Diego, California. The pedestrian was pushing a shopping cart at around 8:10 p.m. when the sedan is said to have crashed into her, throwing her in the air. The impact also damaged the sedan’s windshield.

The woman suffered a severe head injury and was immediately transported to the UCSD Medical Center where she succumbed to her serious injuries.

Cause of Accident Still Under Investigation

Police who investigated the accident said that the victim was crossing the street when the car hit her. She was found lying on the street, unconscious, and unresponsive when police arrived. They were able to interview the car driver who stopped and remained at the scene.

Witnesses, as well, were able to give their statements to police, who had not found any immediate evidence of alcohol or drug use in the accident. The investigation is ongoing as police state that the cause of the accident remains unclear.

Claiming Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries

When a car hits a pedestrian in an accident, the resulting injuries on the individual can be serious or fatal. Survivors may suffer from traumatic brain injury and fractures that require extensive medical treatment, surgeries, and long-term rehabilitation for a complete recovery.

When a victim dies of accident injuries, the loved ones may be entitled to wrongful death compensation. Your personal injury attorney can help assess your situation, sort your legal issues and prepare evidence in support of your claims.

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, the amount of compensation may cover:

  • Costs of medical bills incurred and future medical expenses
  • Lost income or wages
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Costs of home care, if required
  • Pain and suffering

Representing San Diego Residents

If you or a loved one are involved in a pedestrian accident, you can rely on the law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley to help you recover compensation for your injuries or the death of a loved one. We are one of the largest personal injury law firms in California with offices in both San Diego and Los Angeles.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in personal injury lawsuits, often obtaining the maximum value of compensation for our clients’ injuries. We handle a wide range of cases including birth injury, brain injury, medical malpractice, auto, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents, and slip and fall accidents. We invite you to call our offices today at (213) 514-8332.

Minimizing the Risk of a Pedestrian Accident

- Paul Zuckerman

This past summer, a pickup truck driver seriously injured two pedestrians and killed another after driving into a group of them at an intersection. It was just one of many pedestrian accidents that happen every month. Annually, thousands of pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes, and tens of thousands are injured – some seriously.

Based on recent statistics, in the US pedestrians are:

  • Killed every 2 hours, on average, due to motor vehicle collisions
  • Injured every 8 minutes – on average – due to motor vehicle collisions
  • 5 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle collision than passenger vehicle occupants

Certain demographics are more prone to pedestrian accidents than others.

  • Adults 65 and older are involved in 19 percent of pedestrian deaths and about 11 percent of pedestrian accident injuries
  • One in five children between the ages of 5 and 9 are killed in pedestrian accidents, according to the Center for Disease Control
  • Drivers or pedestrians who are under the influence of alcohol were involved in 47 percent of pedestrian deaths resulting from a motor vehicle crash

Additionally, certain areas are more prone to pedestrian accidents due to a motor vehicle collision. These areas include urban areas, non-intersection locations, and at night. Despite the frequency of motor vehicle crashes that involve pedestrians, there are some steps pedestrians can take to minimize their chances of becoming an accident statistic.

  • Carry a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing when walking at night
  • Always using a designated crosswalk
  • Utilizing sidewalks, if they are available
  • And walking towards traffic if walking in the street is necessary

Motor vehicle drivers should also drive carefully, pay attention to the roads and traffic signals, and avoid distractions. A pedestrian accident can result in catastrophic injuries, leave lasting physical and emotional trauma for survivors, as well as financial strain due to inability to work and medical bills.

If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a pedestrian accident, the attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP are here to help. We have years of experience handling accident claims from pedestrians who have been injured or the families of those who have been killed. We engage in aggressive litigation and settlement negotiation tactics to help you, or a loved one, get the compensation they deserve while handling the case with compassion and professionalism. To arrange an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our Los Angeles area office at (213) 514-8332.

Study Shows High Rate and Serious Dangers of Texting While Walking

- Paul Zuckerman

A new study by the University of Washington focused on unveiling the dangers of texting while walking showed how much danger pedestrians place themselves in when distracted on the streets. The San Diego pedestrian injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley understand how much danger pedestrians can be in even without being distracted.

Pedestrian Accident LawyersAs reported by CBS News, the study revealed that almost one out of every three pedestrians are distracted by a mobile device while crossing streets. The study observed more than 1,100 pedestrians at 20 different intersections in Seattle throughout 2012. Approximately 30 percent of all pedestrians observed participated in distracting activities while crossing the road, including, text messaging, talking on the phone, and listening to music.

Those who were distracted in some form were found to take longer to cross the street, especially if texting. Distracted pedestrians were four times as likely as the non-distracted to ignore traffic signals, cross the street outside of the crosswalk, or not look both ways before crossing.

The study found that, while the activities were not directly linked to accidents, such dangerous actions put pedestrians in harm’s way. Recent studies and discussions have highlighted the dangers of distracted walking, as pedestrians who are not fully paying attention to their surroundings will often be unable to react in time to prevent an accident or may unintentionally cause an accident.

While distraction can be incredibly dangerous, most pedestrian accidents are the fault of a reckless driver or another party. If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, the legal team at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley can aid you in the search for compensation. For a free consultation on your case by our legal team, contact us online or call (619) 814-9000.

San Diego Pedestrian Accident at Dangerous Intersection Injures Mother and 3-Year-Old Child

- Paul Zuckerman

A recent San Diego pedestrian accident in Hillcrest has left a mother and her 3-year-old daughter with serious injuries. Although the accident is still being investigated, the crash occurred around 11 a.m. on January 8 after a male motorist struck the mother and toddler when he was making a turn at the intersection of University and 4th Street. The mother and daughter were standing in the crosswalk at the time of the collision.

Based on an NBC San Diego article, the often hectic University and 4th Street intersection is considered to be dangerous by some residents. One witness who assisted the accident victims and called 911 stated that the intersection is susceptible to similar accidents and that far too many drivers, and even pedestrians, fail to pay attention to their surroundings at this location.

State and city municipalities are responsible for ensuring that intersections, roads, and highways are safe, in addition to checking traffic lights and various signage (i.e. stop signs, yield signs) for visibility and functionality. If it is determined that a municipality’s negligence or oversight contributed to or caused an accident, then they may be held legally accountable for creating and/or allowing a dangerous road or intersection to exist.

As pedestrian crash lawyers in San Diego, the legal team at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley have seen first-hand how discouraging and unpleasant being injured in a pedestrian accident can be. That is why we are committed to providing our clients with the personal attention and quality legal counsel that they deserve. With a track record of success obtaining significant jury verdicts and settlements for those injured by another’s negligence, our law firm is ready to help you. Call 213-514-8332 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights.

Distracted Walking an Increasing Cause of Southern California Pedestrian Accidents

- Paul Zuckerman

Accident statistics and studies from across the United States have brought the attention of government officials to the occurrence of distracted walking and pedestrian accidents. As reported by The Associated Press, the act of walking while talking or texting on cell phones has resulted in large amounts of pedestrian accidents in southern California and across the nation.

Over the past seven years, the amount of injured victims admitted to hospitals due to distracted walking accidents has increased by more than 400 percent, with many more incidents believed to be unreported. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has revealed that officials understand that it is a major problem, but don’t have the data in order to fully understand its scope.

Distracted Walking an Increasing Cause of Southern California Pedestrian Accidents

In 2011, approximately 1,152 people underwent hospital treatment in the United States for accidents that occurred while walking and using an electronic device; however, many pedestrian accident victims do not report that they were participating in such actions during an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian fatalities rose by 4.2 percent and injuries increased 19 percent in 2010, although overall traffic accident deaths decreased.

Cell phones, music players, and portable video games can cause serious distractions for pedestrians as they take their eyes off the road and their focus off of the possible hazards around them. Additionally, wearing headphones will also keep pedestrians from hearing what is around them, such as the horns used by cars and trains to warn pedestrians of their presence.

However, the majority of pedestrian accidents are due to the negligent or reckless actions of drivers. If you or a loved one is injured in such an accident, the Beverly Hills pedestrian injury lawyers at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley can help you find the compensation you need to recover from your losses. For more information on how we can help you, call our offices at 213-514-8332.