Representing victims of pedestrian accidents in the San Diego and North County communities.
As residents of southern California, we are fortunate to have great weather year round. Many of us take advantage of the weather by spending time outdoors. Maybe you enjoy walking your dog or training for a marathon. Here at Berman & Riedel, LLP, we encourage everyone to always be aware of their surroundings, but we also recognize that unfortunately, pedestrian accidents occur. If you or a loved one is the victim of a pedestrian accident, contact our experienced attorneys today. We can help you file a claim and begin the road to recovery.
What qualifies as a pedestrian accident?
Pedestrian accidents can occur virtually anywhere individuals and motor vehicles are present, such as parking lots, intersections, or even on sidewalks. If you’ve been hit, sideswiped, or otherwise injured by a vehicle, you may have a claim. Berman & Riedel, LLP, can help. We offer a free case evaluation by phone at (858) 350 8855, or you can fill out our inquiry form and we will get in touch with you shortly.
Legal Rights of Pedestrians in California
According to the California Uniform Vehicle Code Section 467, a pedestrian is “a person who is afoot or who is using any of the following: 1) A means of conveyance propelled by human power other than a bicycle; 2) An electric personal assistive mobility device. Pedestrian includes a person who is operating a self-propelled wheelchair, motorized tricycle, or motorized quadricycle and, by reason of physically disability, is otherwise unable to move about as a pedestrian.”
All of us at some point qualify as a pedestrian. While it is important to follow traffic regulations, the damage caused by the negligence of others is out of our hands. If you or a loved one is the victim of a pedestrian accident, it is important to contact one of our skilled attorneys as close to the event as possible. Seeking legal advice early can help preserve evidence and witness testimony, and ultimately strengthen your case.
Holding Negligent Persons Responsible
Regardless of where the pedestrian was at the time of the accident, drivers have a duty to exercise due care. By holding negligent individuals responsible, we can encourage drivers to be more cautions in the future, and help prevent additional pedestrian accidents. Our attorneys can help you pursue your case, and make our communities safer.
Attorney-Recommended Safety Tips to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents
- Always use the appropriate cross walks.
- Follow traffic signs.
- Look before you cross.
- Wear clothing with reflectors when it’s dark.
- Respect the speed limit.
- Slow down at cross walks.
- Always keep your eyes on the road.
- NBC San Diego Pedestrian Report
- Walk San Diego Street Design Benchmark Study
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Pedestrian Tips
If you are concerned about pedestrian access and safety in your area, report it to the San Diego police department: (619) 531-2000 or (858) 484-3154
If you or someone dear to you has been in a pedestrian accident, contact us today for a free consultation. Our skilled attorneys can provide you with better insight regarding your claims and rights, and help get you started on your path to recovery.