Last month, a truck struck and killed a female pedestrian near northwest Oxnard. The woman had been walking at night on a road surrounded by agricultural fields. The road was poorly lit, and the driver of the truck said he did not see her until it was too late.
If you or someone you love has been the pedestrian victim of a car accident, act quickly if you can. There are time statutes on personal injury cases in the state of California so do not hesitate to reach out to the Ventura car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman.
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Pedestrian victims are often the most forgotten victims of car accidents. Pedestrians can be hit in urban or rural areas. They can be hit in poor visual conditions or on roads with no intersections or crosswalks or pedestrian overpasses. However, pedestrians can also be hit under sunny skies, walking across a crosswalk or down a sidewalk.
According to the latest data regarding pedestrian accidents from the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), California had 972 pedestrian fatalities in 2019. Year after year, California ends up as one of the top 10 states for pedestrian fatalities in the annual reports.
In 2019, Ventura County saw 231 accidents involving pedestrians with 39 accidents involving pedestrians under the age of 15 years-old, and 28 accidents involving pedestrians over the age of 65.
The California Office of Traffic Safety reported 102 pedestrian-involved accidents for 2019 with 24 accidents involving pedestrians under the age of 15 years-old, and 11 accidents involving pedestrians over the age of 65.
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All too often, pedestrian victims die from accidental injuries, but even the non-fatal injuries sustained when cars strike pedestrians can be extremely serious.
The drivers and passengers of a vehicle are protected by the safety of a car surrounding them, but pedestrians’ bodies are wide open and vulnerable to any number of injuries from a car’s impact, regardless of the speed of the vehicle or the conditions where a victim is struck.
The array of injuries is too many to name, but to list a few of the most common injuries sustained by pedestrian-related car accidents include:
- Broken bones, fractures, and internal organ damage
- Bruises, contusions, lacerations, scratches, and other impact-related injuries
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries
- Leg and lower body impact injuries
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Ventura County, reach out to the Ventura car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman. We have a long, successful history with these cases, and typically, we can get victims compensated for:
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- All the medical costs associated with the incident
- Long-term care if necessary
- Pain and suffering damages
Contact us as soon as possible so we can begin to gather evidence and build your personal injury case while you work on getting the proper medical care to make a complete recovery. Get a free consultation by clicking here or calling 805-983-2344.