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California Pedestrian Deaths Continue to Rise, Despite Being Highest in the Nation

Pedestrian DeathsWhen it comes to auto accidents, pedestrians are the most vulnerable to severe injury and death. Sadly, California happens to have the highest rate of pedestrian deaths, and those rates continue to rise. In fact, the most recent analysis determined that the state saw an overall increase of seven percent in the first half of 2015. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, the following can help you understand your rights.

Understanding the Severity of the Problem

According to researchers, 347 people on foot were struck by cars from January to June of 2015. Of those, 323 died. That was just the early data. Experts believed the rate could have been as high as 10 percent. This trend was similar throughout the nation. Even more concerning is that, on a national level, pedestrian deaths account for about 14 percent of all traffic deaths.

Fatality is not the Only Risk

While fatality is the biggest and most devastating risk for pedestrian victims, it is not the only one. In fact, those that survive often experience severe and multiple injuries - everything from spinal injuries that can cause paralysis to traumatic brain injury, which can result in long-term or lifelong complications. Others suffer from fractures, lacerations, and even severed limbs.

Understanding Your Rights

If you or a loved one is injured or wrongfully killed in a pedestrian accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for any losses or damages you experience. Unfortunately, obtaining it can be a complex and difficult process. Victims and their families are distraught and struggling with the healing process. Insurance companies also tend to minimize the damage and losses to reduce their payout to victims. This leaves they and their families at risk for financial devastation, especially when injuries are severe enough to result in disability.

Our San Jose Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help

While each case is unique, there are some steps that every victim should take when a pedestrian accident occurs. The first is to ensure they receive prompt medical treatment. The second is to find an experienced personal injury lawyer - one that can protect your rights throughout the entire claims process. Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP, can offer you this assistance. We fight aggressively for you and your loved ones. Call (408) 289-1417 to schedule a consultation with our San Jose personal injury attorneys today.

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