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Pedestrian Accidents: Main Causes

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Accidents involving pedestrians can have devastating consequences as they have very little chance of being uninjured when a car hits them. For this reason, it is essential to know the causes to prevent pedestrian accidents and work to improve adverse conditions. Next, we will know the factors that can generate this type of accident, dividing them according to the parties’ responsibilities.

Driver’s Responsibilities in Pedestrian Accidents

In the case of the driver, it may be due to being distracted while driving, performing dangerous maneuvers, exceeding the maximum speed, having consumed alcohol or drugs, and disobeying traffic signs.

Pedestrian Negligence

Pedestrians are often responsible for their accidents, for example, by being distracted and not paying attention or crossing the street outside the pedestrian lane. Another factor may be not being visible enough when wearing dark clothing at night.

External Factors: Beyond Control

Unfortunately, other reasons go beyond the driver’s or pedestrian’s control and involve external factors such as environmental conditions, poor weather conditions, infrastructure problems, and poor street design that make them dangerous.

Prevention Strategies for Safer Streets and Pedestrians

It is important to have prevention strategies to reduce accidents and thus keep everyone safer. This can be achieved through public education policies on traffic rules for cars and pedestrians, improvements in road infrastructure to make them less dangerous and better lit, and more rigorous enforcement of traffic laws with controls and penalties.

California Pedestrian Accidents: Seeking Compensation

Suppose you were a victim of this type of accident in California and are having a hard time recovering physically, emotionally, and financially. In that case, you need a legal team to defend your rights and fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.

At J&Y Law, we offer the first free consultation to evaluate your case and advise you on its strengths and what you can expect from this process. We will not charge you a single dollar until we win your case.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.