Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Man Severely Injured in the City of Upland
Every person has a preferred method of transportation, but at one point or another, every person is a pedestrian. Regrettably, pedestrian accidents are on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 6,283 pedestrians were fatally injured in traffic accidents in 2018. Based on 2017 data, reports indicate that on average, a pedestrian is fatally injured every 88 minutes in traffic accidents.
Not long ago, a 29-year-old man was struck while crossing the street in the City of Upland. Unlike some pedestrian accidents, the victim was crossing in a marked crosswalk when the careless driver slammed into him. According to those accompanying the victim, the victim was forcibly thrown off his feet about 45 feet.
Although the victim survived the accident, he was taken into an intensive care unit, where he recovered from a dislocated shoulder, several broken bones, cuts and bruises, and a lacerated kidney. The reckless driver left the scene and had not yet been located at the time of the news publication.
Pedestrian accidents make some of the most dangerous traffic accidents because of a person’s lack of protection when walking down the street. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the following additional risks pedestrians can encounter:
- 47 percent of all accidents that resulted in the death of a pedestrian involved alcohol intoxication on behalf of the pedestrian and/or driver.
- 33 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents involved a pedestrian with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 grams per deciliter.
- 17 percent of accidents involved a motorist with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 grams per deciliter.
- Pedestrians over the age of 65 accounted for about 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.
- Pedestrians over the age of 65 accounted for 10 percent of pedestrian injuries in 2017.
- In 2017, one in every five pedestrians under the age of 15 were fatally injured in a traffic accident.
- When a vehicle is traveling at high speeds, there is a higher likelihood of a pedestrian being injured by the car and a higher likelihood for severe injuries.
- A majority of pedestrian accidents occur in the night hours, and at non-intersection, urban areas.
Motorists are obligated to obey traffic laws. They must also exercise reasonable care, particularly in being vigilant for pedestrians who may not be as visible. When a driver fails to obey traffic signs, tragedy can occur. The following are common ways motorists can cause pedestrians accidents:
Driving While Distracted – When a motorist is texting while driving, eating, or engaging in other activities that diverts attention from the road, he or she can be found accountable in an accident. Distracted driving is a negligent action that regularly leads to avoidable accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, texting while driving can lead to inattention of a distance comparable to a football field. If an unsuspecting pedestrian crosses at a marked crosswalk when a driver is not paying attention to the road ahead, the consequences can be disastrous for the pedestrian.
Accidents Caused by the Failure to Check When Backing-Up – Sadly, the failure to check when backing up leads to the fatal injuries of many small children. When backing up, drivers should not only check for pedestrians behind them, but they should also back up slowly in case a pedestrian fails to recognize the reversing vehicle.
The Failure to Yield – In California, pedestrians have a right-of-way. A car that fails to stop or yield for a pedestrian can be considered negligent.
Driving While Intoxicated – Whenever a motorist is intoxicated, either by means of drugs or alcohol consumption, the intoxication will affect the driver’s reaction times, impair his or her driving skills, and affect his or her reasoning. An intoxicated driver can easily fail to see a pedestrian, particularly when he or she is driving during the night or when there are poor weather conditions.
Excessive Speeding – Driving above the limit is not only unlawful, this action is also considered reckless. A pedestrian that is hit by a person driving at excessive speeds can suffer life-threatening injuries as a result of the tremendous force in the collision.
Regrettably, driver negligence leads to thousands of catastrophic pedestrian accidents each year. Pedestrian vs. auto accidents are some of the most deadly traffic accidents because of the lack of bodily protection pedestrians have. When an accident does not lead to a fatal injury, the consequences can still cause complete upheaval in a pedestrian’s life. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, compensation may be available with the support of a qualified team of attorneys.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Justin H. King are exceptionally qualified in the most complex pedestrian accident cases in California. The firm understands that when a person suffers a pedestrian vs. auto accident, the likelihood of sustaining life-altering injuries is almost certain. As a consequence, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King work aggressively in the defense of a victim’s right to a maximum compensation. Consider contacting the firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.