Pedestrians that walk and run in Fresno already know the city’s drivers don’t always pay enough attention to what’s in front of them. Fresno makes national headlines for the pedestrian dangers found along its streets, highways, and even at clearly marked crosswalks.
Drivers are required to show a duty of care to pedestrians no matter where they encounter them in Fresno. Pedestrians move about with zero protection from potential collisions and yet sadly, motorists often pay even less attention to people on foot than the other cars and SUVs they travel alongside.
Gaining Awareness and Support for Fresno Pedestrian Accident Victims
Pedestrians struck in a traffic accident will feel incredibly vulnerable on the scene and even days later when they must confront insurance agents and adjusters to try to earn the support that should come automatically.
If you or a loved one is in this frustrating position due to the negligence of a driver, don’t trust an insurance company to gladly provide everything you need in recovery. They’ll fight you over every penny, but you’ll have a way to fight back.
By having a personal injury attorney such as Martin Gasparian you automatically put insurance representatives on notice that they won’t get away with unfair treatment. Mr. Gasparian offers a free consultation so he can go over your best options with you after an accident.
Fresno Pedestrian Accident Dangers
Fresno has ranked as one of the most hazardous places to be on foot in the nation. Smart Growth America’s 2021 “Deadly By Design” pedestrian study ranked Fresno as the 21st most dangerous city for pedestrians in America. Researchers found that Fresno recorded a heartbreaking 235 pedestrian fatalities over a ten-year span from 2010-2019. That adds up to 2.4 deaths a year per 100,000 people.
For more information on Fresno’s urgent need for more pedestrian safety measures read Maison Law’s recent in-depth look at local pedestrian accident statistics here.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Fresno
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents aren’t rare occurrences in Fresno. They can happen whenever careless and reckless drivers are out and about and that’s day and night at all hours in our city.
If you suffer a serious injury in a collision occurring while you’re walking or running, don’t count on insurance adjusters making it easy for you to call upon the at-fault driver’s coverage. The insurance company will be trying to poke holes in your version of what happened, even if a police accident report clearly points the finger at the driver.
In order to build evidence in your favor, it’s important to stockpile as much proof of what happened as you can, right there on the scene. If you are physically strong enough in the minutes after an accident, try to secure these details:
- Tell the police everything that you saw. Including if you noticed the driver was distracted by a cellphone or looking somewhere he or she shouldn’t have been before the accident. Let paramedics check out every part of the body that hurts.
- Use your cellphone to secure photos and video. Document the car involved and its license plate. Show street signs, traffic markings, and crosswalks nearby. Take pics of any visible injuries.
- Talk to any witnesses. Find out how your personal injury attorney can contact them later.
- Exchange information with the driver involved but don’t make statements about fault in the accident or your injuries. Saying you’re “okay” will give insurance companies an excuse to claim your injuries aren’t that bad later.
- Get checked out by your physician. Make an appointment and get every injury spotted at the scene examined as well as any injuries that arise in the days after an accident.
- Keep any evidence of damage such as torn clothing and broken personal items.
What kind of help can my family receive after a fatal pedestrian accident?
After losing a loved one, families can quickly be targeted by financial hardships resulting from the aftermath of a pedestrian accident. The enormous costs of emergency care and medical costs possibly built up before the deceased passed on can all come due in a matter of weeks. The money needed for a proper memorial and burial for the victim can also serve to leave a family with financial woes.
The family may also have to find a new means of monthly support when a victim’s weekly paycheck from work is suddenly taken away. Under such heartbreaking circumstances, the family of a pedestrian victim is allowed to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible driver’s car insurance coverage. This lawsuit lists out a family’s hardships and requests fair support from an insurance provider.
A wrongful death claim can help protect a family’s future as well. Family members and especially young children can face life without the guidance and monetary support a victim would have continued providing. A claim would factor in this emotional trauma and seek to make sure families don’t face financial ruin in the years to come.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Fresno
If you or a loved one has been the victim of negligence as a pedestrian please reach out to Maison Law serving victims in Fresno. Our attorneys work to remove the worry and anxiety by handling all communications with insurance representatives while allowing victims to focus on recovery.
Contact Maison Law in Fresno for a free consultation for victims and family members that comes with no obligation to you. Call or email our legal professionals before jeopardizing your case by talking with any insurance representative.