Monday, June 16, 2008

Flourishing Claim on Pedestrian Injury

Pedestrian injury has long been recognized as one of the leading causes of death not only among adults but especially among school-aged children.

Pedestrian injuries are often caused by vehicular accidents, trip and fall and premise liability.

Annually, doctors treat thousands of patients injured by motor vehicles while walking or crossing the streets. In fact the National Safety Council reports that more than 5,000 pedestrians are killed by vehicles every year and about one-third of these victims are children.

Just a week ago, another fatal pedestrian accident happened, which claimed a life of an unidentified homeless woman.

If this accident happened in California, the heirs of the deceased may have the right to sue only if it has been proved that said pedestrian has the right of way.

Being an every day road user myself, I cannot blame other drivers why pedestrian injury happens. Other pedestrian are so reckless or too eager to cross the street that they ignore traffic rules.

To avoid injury or death, pedestrians should be reminded of the following:

  • Use the sidewalks
  • Comply with traffic rules
  • Cross the streets by using the crosswalks or designated crossings
  • Always look to the left and right before crossing
  • When crossing or walking with children, closely watch them and explain to them the safety rules