We are going to take you a bit out of our coverage area to bring you a story about an incident that took place earlier this month. A truck plowed into a group of protestors in Flint, Michigan, sending nine people to the hospital.
Among those hurt was the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for the state as well as Flint's mayor.
They were out early in the morning to protest the right for fast food workers to form unions. They did not expect to get hit by a truck, that much is sure.
Fortunately, all of the people hurt were in good condition and were released from the hospital, but this story does highlight some important things that we want to talk about.
We know this - pedestrian accidents are all too common here and they are often caused by someone else's negligence. If you need a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on Hiden, Rott & Oertle , LLP to secure the compensation you deserve.
Most people think of California, particularly San Diego, as a wonderful place to get out and walk or jog. Most of the time they are right, but we do have too many pedestrian accidents.
In the latest reporting year, we see that California had over 14,000 pedestrian accidents that caused injuries. A little closer to home, we find that San Diego had more than 700 pedestrian injuries or deaths during the same year.
Often, these accidents happen because drivers are careless near the pedestrian right of ways and crosswalks.
We know how much technology has entered our lives. Sometimes it seems impossible to turn off. When drivers operate their vehicles while distracted by their phones or other devices, they are putting other people at risk. Distracted driving can be just as deadly as drunk driving, another major concern for pedestrians.
Pedestrians simply do not have any protection from the impact of a vehicle. When they get hit, they usually are slammed into the ground, which causes more injuries. It is common to see the following as a result of a pedestrian accident:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Major internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Most of these injuries require major medical interventions, even surgery, to fix. There could even be a period of rehabilitation required for a complete recovery.
In the worst cases, there may be a permanent disability.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Any time you suspect that someone else's negligence has caused you to harm in a pedestrian accident, it is a good idea to secure legal assistance. You never know if insurance will cover all of your accident-related expenses. There is no reason you should be in financial jeopardy because of someone else's mistake.
When you need a pedestrian accident attorney in San Diego, you can count on Hiden, Rott & Oertle , LLP to be by your side. They will not stop until you are fairly compensated. You can contact us for a free consultation by calling at 619-296-5884.