Palm Springs has just the right weather nearly year around for pedestrians to hit the streets walking, whether heading to work or walking to run errands. And while sunny skies and fair weather make a stroll through Palm Springs seem nothing short of heavenly, the truth is that the streets are not always a welcome place for pedestrians. Each year in the United States, around 75,000 people are injured or even killed while on foot, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Sidewalks, streets and crosswalks can quickly turn dangerous when the right mix of conditions exists.
If you or a loved one has been struck and injured as a pedestrian in Palm Springs, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries and hold the responsible party accountable for the damage that they caused. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP, our Palm Springs pedestrian accident attorneys have experience in helping accident victims recover fair compensation for their injuries, whether in pre-settlement negotiations or via litigation in the courtroom.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The main cause of pedestrian accidents that cause a injury or end in fatality is driver distraction. When drivers are mindlessly driving without paying attention to the road, they often don’t see a pedestrian lawfully crossing at a crosswalk or may even disregard traffic control devices meant to yield the right-of-way to people on foot. Driver distraction usually results when the driver is texting or talking on a cell phone, drinking or eating, adjusting the stereo or entering an address into a GPS system, or even driving impaired due to alcohol or drugs.
Pedestrian Accident Liability and Compensation
Most often, a driver of a passenger vehicle is responsible for pedestrian injuries, although this is not always the case. Some pedestrians are struck by commercial vehicles; when this happens, the owner of the vehicle, usually an employer, may be held jointly responsible along with the actual driver. Sometimes pedestrians are injured in other ways, such as when they fall on a sidewalk or other surface, and when this happens, if the entity charged with maintaining that surface was negligent in its upkeep, then that entity may be held liable for any damages that result from normal foot traffic. Your attorney can help you establish who is liable for your injuries and help you file any necessary paperwork to get your claim started.
Working With a Palm Springs Pedestrian Accident Attorney
You have an expectation that you can walk on the city streets in Palm Springs without becoming injured. When the negligence of an individual or organization causes you to become injured, it is within your rights to seek compensation for your injury. Trust Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP to tackle the big insurance companies and fight hard to help make you whole again. Schedule your free, no-obligation case review and consultation with our Palm Springs pedestrian accident attorney now to discuss your case’s details and determine the best way to proceed with your pedestrian accident claim.