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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Contra Costa County

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Thousands of lives are lost each year because of head trauma and other serious injuries suffered pedestrian accident victims. Although they are usually associated with accidents in which a person is struck by a motor vehicle, a fatal pedestrian accident can result from a fall caused by a broken sidewalk or from construction materials or debris striking an individual who is walking along the sidewalk or street.

A personal injury suffered in a pedestrian knockdown or other type of pedestrian accident may be entitled to compensation provided the victim can prove the accident was caused by the negligent conduct of another person. Proving negligent conduct in a pedestrian accident is no different than proving negligence in other types of accidents.

The injured party must prove that another individual or entity owed the victim a duty of care that was breached. A victim must also produce evidence showing that the breach of the legal duty caused the accident that resulted in the broken bones or other serious injuries for which compensation is sought.

When motor vehicles are a factor in causing injury in a pedestrian accident, the most common causes of such accidents are:

  • A drunk driver whose abilities to control the vehicle are impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • A distracted driver who fails to pay attention to the road while talking on a cellphone or texting and driving
  • A driver who disobeys traffic laws by such acts as speeding or failing to obey signs and traffic signals
  • A driver who fails to yield to a pedestrian crossing the street in a designated crosswalk

If you have suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian accident, you could have the right to file a lawsuit for compensation. A personal injury attorney in Walnut Creek, California, might be your best source of legal advice about your rights and the process for filing a lawsuit.