Were you out and about the other day when the San Diego Police Department made an effort to crack down on bad drivers and careless pedestrians?
That does not sound out of the ordinary, right?
Well, this operation was a bit different than normal, as it targeted bicyclists, scooter users, pedestrians, and bad drivers. Specially targeted patrols were sent to mapped out locations throughout San Diego where pedestrian and bicycle-involved collisions have occurred over the last three years.
Police were told to crack down on drivers who violate traffic laws as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, and scooter riders who cross the street illegally or failed to yield when vehicles had the right-of-way.
The bottom line is this - if you were doing something that could cause harm, you were getting a ticket.
The police are looking to curb the injuries and fatalities, which is great. It also has us wondering if you know where to turn if someone else's negligent behavior causes you or a loved one harm.
When you need a knowledgeable San Diego pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP.
There were over 14,000 pedestrian accident injuries in California in 2016, the latest reporting year for the state and most of these resulted in some kind of injury. Most people think of pedestrians getting seriously hurt by vehicles, but they can be injured by reckless scooter drivers or bicyclists as well.
Our bodies have no protection against the force of something slamming into it. Not only is there an initial impact, but there is a second impact with the ground. Both of these impacts can cause damage to the human body. When it comes to pedestrian accidents, we often see the following:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
The medical costs to repair the damage done to our bodies can be significant, but those are not the only accident-related costs. If your injuries keep you from working, the lost income can really impact your financial livelihood. How will you feed your family and keep the electricity on in your home if you are not able to work?
Whether it is the driver of a vehicle, a bicyclist, or a scooter rider, we know that distracted and impaired driving is a major cause of accidents and injuries. The San Diego police crackdown is not going to stop the problem, but it can serve as a reminder that safety is important.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
If someone else's negligent or careless behavior has caused you or a loved one harm, the time to act is now. With the help of a strong team, you can secure the compensation you deserve for all of your accident-related expenses. There is no reason for you to suffer financially after you have been hurt by someone else. Turn to the experienced team at Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP. They will help you get back on your feet. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 619-296-5884.