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San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Attorney

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco is on foot. Even if you aren’t one for walking, however, at some point, most of us have to do some walking – even if it’s just from the parking lot to our destinations. The fact is that, when you’re on foot, you’re especially vulnerable to the impact of a traffic accident, and pedestrian accidents are not only on the rise but are also among the deadliest accidents out there. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s time to consult with an experienced San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney

California Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) shares several dire statistics related to pedestrian accidents, including:

  • The pedestrian fatality rate in California is approaching a mark that is 25 percent higher than the rate for the rest of the nation.
  • California has more pedestrian deaths than any other state.
  • Between the years of 2014 and 2018, pedestrian fatalities increased by 26 percent.
  • Between the years of 2009 and 2018, there were almost 7,500 pedestrian fatalities.
  • In 2018, there were nearly 900 pedestrian fatalities in California, a 26 percent increase over 2014.
  • In 2018, more than 14,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents.

In other words, the issue of pedestrian accidents is very serious in California – and is growing more serious. 

Driver Negligence

While many factors play a role in pedestrian accidents, negligence on the part of motorists is often the cause. Driver negligence can come in many dangerous forms, including:

  • Distraction – Drivers may be more distracted than ever before, and our smartphones are one of the most dangerous distractions. When a motorist engages with his or her smartphone, it often involves his or her eyes, thoughts, and hands – which means it encompasses every category of distraction in one activity. Distracted drivers don’t pay adequate attention to the road, which leaves pedestrians extremely vulnerable.
  • Speed – Speed increases drivers’ reaction times. This means that motorists who speed need additional time to accommodate pedestrian safety in crosswalks – time that these speeding motorists often don’t have. 
  • Impairment – Drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs experience visual deficiencies, increased reaction time, and decreased motor control – all three of these increase the danger faced by pedestrians.
  • Exhaustion – The effects of drowsiness leave motorists less well able to process the information they need to process in order to drive safely, and pedestrians can pay the price. 

Turn to an Experienced San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Attorney for the Help You Need

If a negligent motorist leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, the dedicated San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys at Bogaards Law in San Francisco are committed to skillfully advocating for compensation that addresses your losses in their entirety. We care about you and your case, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation today.

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