PEDESTRIAN AND CROSSWALK ACCIDENTS

In busy urban areas such as Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, San Rafael in Marin County, Petaluma in Sonoma County, and Novato in Marin County, pedestrians are oftentimes placed at risk of serious injury  and have suffered catastrophic and life-threatening injuries due to the negligence of others.

Because you are driving the two- or three-ton bullet does not make you Lord of the Manor.  It gives you, however, the driver, the high road so slow down, pay attention, and always yield to the pedestrian in the crosswalk, even if they walk outside the crosswalk.

Just show some respect even if the pedestrian gives you the finger or is rude.  Might does not mean right! But in our society, there appears to be a great deal of distraction and what some call, social media disease with the preoccupation of smart phones and other devices.

The personal injury attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law have many years of experience representing pedestrians injured in accidents with a car, motorcycle, moped, or motorized bike while crossing an intersection or a street on foot.

Negligent drivers put pedestrians at risk for injury when they practice unsafe driving habits that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Speeding or other reckless or distracted behavior.
  • Careless driving.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs.
  • Lack of attention to pedestrians.

HOW TO AVOID CAUSING A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT OR FATALITY

Do not reach for that candy bar or cigarette, especially when traveling in a school zone or a place where any foreseeable pedestrian may dart out from a playground or unexpectedly chase a ball or one of their pets onto the roadway.

Following the speed limit, especially in highly traveled and densely populated areas near parks, schools and other high-density neighborhoods is prudent, but many drivers do not.

Make a conscientious effort to look for pedestrian signs or school zone signage or indicators of speed.

Just slow down and pay attention to the speed limit is perhaps the most important, advice, but a few common factors contributing to most pedestrian negligence cases are:

  • When pedestrians ignore the “Do Not Walk” signal at an intersection.
  • When pedestrians enter traffic and disrupt traffic.
  • When pedestrians fail to use marked crosswalks.
  • When pedestrians dart in front of a moving vehicle.
  • When pedestrians cease to be pedestrians and speed their bikes through the crosswalk no allowing a driver adequate time to react and stop. You suppose to walk the bike.
  • When pedestrians do not pay attention, either distracted by their devices or are drunk.

There has been a concerted effort to strictly enforce anti-texting laws, earphones in the ear for drivers of either bicycles or motor vehicles, and anyone caught talking on their cell phone using their hands can expect to pay a hefty fine.  In addition, many police forces are citing people for reaching for their CD changer or radio.

It is not surprising that pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle will sustain serious life-threatening injuries.  Those life-threatening injuries include but are not limited to the head, spine, internal organs, severe physical injury, broken bones and worse.

Pedestrians and accident victims who lack health insurance or have only limited health insurance plans are encouraged to contact our personal injury attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, as soon as possible to protect their interest in the aftermath of their pedestrian or crosswalk accident.

Our law firm works very hard to make sure that the injured party is provided with all requisite medical treatment or procedures so that you experience a rapid and speedy recovery.

All expenses related to your immediate and long-term care and treatment are usually very expensive and can take a toll on you and your family even with full healthcare coverage.

Fiumara & Milligan’s highly skilled and very experienced personal injury attorneys fight hard to get you the full compensation that you deserve for all expenses stemming from the accident including: 

  • All medical bills and other treatment and rehabilitation costs associated with the accident.
  • All emotional and physical pain and suffering including emotional distress.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life relating to your preferred activities.
  • All future wage loss and in some cases loss of consortium.

We DON’T rest on our laurels!

We don’t rest on our laurels at this office even though we have had many outstanding multimillion-dollar settlements over the years.  We gather all eyewitness statements, consult with all the necessary experts to support the events that led up to the pedestrian accident in the first place.

The testimony from our medical experts will also support the extent of your injuries and how they were caused by the impact of your pedestrian or crosswalk accident.

We perform background checks of the other driver and scrutinize police reports with our reconstruction expert which oftentimes supports our theory of the negligent driving that led up to the accident and caused of your injuries.

We Treat You Like Family

The attorneys and professional staff at Fiumara & Milligan Law offer zealous and compassionate representation for all our clients as if they were family.

At the same time, we maintain a high standard of honest and ethical dealing which helps establish our credibility with not only the adjusters, but the judges in the counties in which we practice.  Each one of our attorneys are fully committed to our client’s best interest and steadfastly remain focused on your best interest until full compensation is achieved.

If you or a family member or somebody that you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident or a crosswalk accident of any kind involving a car, or any motorized vehicle, please do not hesitate to call Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC—Serving the entire North Bay since 1992 with passion.

REASONS TO CHOOSE FIUMARA & MILLIGAN LAW:

First, we are a full service law firm. We have two paralegals, several legal assistants, we have two convenient offices (real offices). Stress the geographic convenience of having a Sonoma and Marin County location and that both are easy to find with plenty of FREE parking.

Second, how many years have we been around?  No Johnny come lately we have been in operation since 1992! Longevity should count for something!? WE have the resources to pursue your case—hire top notch experts to increase the value of your case.

Third, experience—between Noreen, Michael, Joe and Justin, not even counting Jackie we have more than 60 years of combined personal injury, legal and litigation experience.

Fourth, results count, a proven track record of millions of dollars collected for plaintiffs…look at the PI/ Civil results!

Fifth—WE offer to take the case on a pure contingency fee arrangement

If you or someone you know was injured in a pedestrian accident which has caused a serious injury, the attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC will provide you with the answers that you may need.

Don’t hesitate to contact someone who can help. Please call our office at (707) 571-8600 in our centrally located Santa Rosa office in Sonoma County or call our office in San Rafael in Marin County at (415) 492-4507 to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation with one of our experienced and highly trained pedestrian and crosswalk lawyers.

The call is free, and we will be happy to help you throughout this ordeal. We are available 24/7. After 5pm ask our operators to connect you to one of our 4 Personal Injury Attorneys.

“The Right Attorney Makes All the Difference.”

Please CLICK HERE to see a settlement we obtained for our client in a pedestrian accident case.