LAWYERS REPRESENTING INJURED PEDESTRIANS IN FRESNO
Pedestrians are at risk in California more than anywhere else. For the second year in a row, California leads the nation in pedestrian fatalities. According to data collected by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), approximately 700 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in each of the last two years. This means that pedestrians made up 23 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in the state.
If you, as a pedestrian, have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. To get the settlement you deserve, you need to contact an experienced Fresno accident lawyer.
The Law Office of Rick D. Banks has successfully represented accident victims throughout the Central Valley for over 15 years. Let us help you.
Call our offices today at (559) 222-4891 for a free consultation.
Troubling Pedestrian Safety Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported the following statistics:
- On average, a pedestrian accident happens every two hours in the United States
- Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident than the occupants of a motor vehicle
- Being hit by a car is the number one cause of motor vehicle fatalities for children between the ages of five and 15
- 20 percent of all fatal pedestrian/vehicle accidents are 65 years old or older
- Drugs or alcohol are involved in 48 percent of all pedestrian verses vehicle accidents that resulted in injury or death
The CDC also lists several common causes of pedestrian verses vehicle accidents, including: distracted driving (talking on cell phones), running red lights and stop signs, speeding, fatigued drivers, and impaired driving (under the influence of alcohol or drugs).
Danger at Fresno Intersections
Statistics also show that most incidents where pedestrians are struck by vehicles happen at intersections. There are several reasons for this.
Drivers at intersections may be looking for approaching or oncoming traffic and not see a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Often, drivers will speed up when approaching an intersection to try to beat a red light. Many pedestrians are also injured crossing streets before the signal light changes, or when walking outside the crosswalk.
The Odds Are Not in Your Favor
A pedestrian is never going to win in a collision with a car. The average car weighs more than 4,000 pounds (over two tons), while the average American male weighs in at 190 pounds. Don’t take chances, be alert and obey all traffic signals.
Fresno residents know we have some bad intersections in our city: Cedar and Bulldog Lane comes to mind, as well as North Blackstone and El Paso Avenues. If you or a family member is injured in a motor vehicle accident while a pedestrian, you need to contact a skilled personal injury attorney.
The Law Office of Rick D. Banks can get you compensation for such damages as:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- And more
Contact Rick D. Banks today to schedule a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling (559) 222-4891.