Oxnard Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Representing Victims of Pedestrian Accidents
As Americans try to get healthier, more are choosing to walk or ride bicycles to their local stores in favor of using their cars. A stroll through your beautiful California neighborhood can be a pleasant alternative to the hassle of finding a parking space when running errands. One unfortunate consequence of this otherwise great trend is that people are more and more likely to be hit by cars or other motor vehicles while out and about.
The human body is an incredible thing, but it simply isn’t designed to handle the kind of forces involved in a collision with a car, truck or motorcycle. The injuries that are caused by these accidents can be devastating and unfortunately, sometimes they can even be fatal. According to the CDC, 5,977 people throughout the United States were killed in pedestrian accidents in 2017, and approximately 137,000 pedestrian accident victims were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle, contact one of our attorneys at The Law Offices of Schurmer & Wood. We are committed to helping individuals and families whose lives have been changed by these horrific accidents.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
With over twenty years of experience in personal injury law, our attorneys understand motor vehicle v. pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, these accidents often involve serious physical injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe contusions
- Broken bones, including tibia fractures
- Lacerations & resultant scarring
- Spinal injuries & nerve damage
- Internal organ damage
We pride ourselves on our ability to help our clients understand not only the legal ramifications of their injuries, but also provide guidance as to how they can find the best medical professionals to help them recover from their injuries and get back to living their lives.
Motor Vehicle v. Pedestrian Accidents Happen Every Day
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 37,133 people killed in traffic crashes in 2017, 16% of those fatalities were pedestrians. Many people think that accidents are more likely to occur when the weather is bad, but almost ninety percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred while the weather outside was normal.
Tips for Drivers to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents
Reducing the number of pedestrian accidents is something everyone can do. We encourage all drivers to follow the tips below to reduce their chances of being involved in vehicle pedestrian accident:
- Always obey traffic signals and stop completely at limit lines
- Look both ways before entering intersections
- Always slowdown in residential neighborhoods
- Keep your lights on during the day because it makes you easier to see
- Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Always keep their eyes on the road
- Keep their car’s mirrors well adjusted
- Maintain their car’s brakes
Tips for Pedestrians to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians may reduce their chances of being hit by cars by:
- Looking both ways before crossing the street
- Wearing bright clothing
- Crossing only at intersections
- Maintaining situational awareness when near roadways
- Walking only on sidewalks and designated crossing areas
- Following walk & stop signals at intersections
Recovering from a Pedestrian Accident
While the road to recovery can sometimes be difficult, having the money you need to pay medical expenses and to cover the cost of living expenses increases not only the chance of a full recovery, but also the speed at which you can recover from an accident.
In California, pedestrians injured by an automobile are able to hold drivers liable for:
- Medical expenses, both current and future
- Any reduction in the victim’s ability to earn money
- Pain and suffering to the victim
- Any salary or other job compensation lost as a result of the accident
Do I Need an Attorney?
While many plaintiffs are tempted to try and resolve their cases on their own, we strongly encourage you to use the services of a talented attorney with a track record of success to ensure the best possible financial recovery in your case. As we often say in the legal community “you only get one bite at the apple”, which means once you have accepted a settlement, you won’t be able to re-open your case.
At The Law Offices of Schurmer & Wood we know that our clients want to get back to livings their lives as quickly as possible. Bearing that in mind, we strive to resolve cases efficiently and to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they need in order to recover from their accident.
Our firm's personal promise and commitment to you is to make sure that we care about you as a person. Every client who has been injured deserves the proper representation and our goal at Schurmer and Wood is to ensure that they get that.
They made me feel like my case was their number one priority.- Scott C.
I appreciate the professionalism and courtesy I received from the staff.- Tammy G.
The office staff was extremely helpful!- Elisa D.
Hands down the best law firm in Ventura County!- Jonathan W.
Thank you Mr. Schurmer and Ms. Wood for all of your help, wisdom & fairness.- Christopher C.
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