California is a state where plenty of people stay active. With great weather and landscape, pedestrian traffic is high. However, with more people out and about, there are more chances for a person getting injured.
When most people think of pedestrian crashes, they think of vehicles. Those crashes are indeed common, but there are also other ways people get injured. If you need a San Bernardino pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg to be by your side, working to secure the compensation you deserve.
Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor
We know that the most vulnerable group of people in and around the roadway are pedestrians. They have no way to protect themselves from anything slamming into them. Consider how busy the streets of San Bernardino are and you know that there are dangers lurking.
The most obvious threat to pedestrians is reckless and careless drivers. Consider these statistics from the latest full reporting year in the state concerning vehicle crashes:
- There were 14,215 pedestrian crash injuries
- There were 867 pedestrian crash fatalities
Vehicle crashes are not the only things that pedestrians need to be concerned about. Anything that moves fairly quickly can cause pedestrian injuries. This leaves people susceptible to harm from bicyclists, mopeds, scooters, and more.
It is not uncommon to see a range of injuries in the aftermath of a pedestrian crash. These injuries can include:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Initial emergency medical treatment of these injuries can be very costly. For more serious injuries that require extensive care, even surgery, hospital and rehabilitation stays can be extended and cost tens of thousands of dollars. The first-year medical costs for a spinal cord injury can range from $350 thousand to over $1 million.
How They Happen
The most common cause of pedestrian crashes revolved around a person’s lack of attentiveness. All too often, we see these incidents occurring at intersections or in pedestrian crosswalks. When drivers are in a hurry, they are much more likely to slam into a person, especially if they are driving while distracted by a phone or other device.
We also know that those driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs are much more likely to cause serious injuries in a pedestrian crash.
What You Can Do Now
We know that the last thing you expected to be dealing with were injuries from a pedestrian crash. At the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg, we understand the complexities of these incidents and we are ready to help. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to investigate what happened so we can secure compensation for the following:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages