Out-of-Control Vehicle Hits Sacramento Pedestrian
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. A motor vehicle exiting from the parking garage at a local bank went out of control and crashed into the light-rail train station located in downtown Sacramento on March 12, causing injuries.
The crash occurred at about 12:30 in the afternoon when a blue sedan, exiting the parking garage, crossed over 7th Street and collided with the light-rail train station at 7th and Capitol. A representative of the police department in Sacramento reported that a pedestrian suffered moderate injuries after being hit by the car and was transported to a hospital for treatment. The passenger vehicle’s driver also suffered minor injuries in the crash, and the vehicle was heavily damaged. Although the machines for Connect Card and tickets were damaged in the accident, other machines at the station were still in operation. Seventh Street was closed while an investigation was conducted into the reason for the accident.
Reasons Cars Go Out of Control
There are several reasons that cars and other motor vehicles go out of control. These are sometimes related to auto part defects such as the brakes not working or the accelerator pedal sticking. Other times it is related to medical emergencies such as heart attacks or a stroke. Even dehydration can result in a driver losing consciousness and causing a crash. In other situations, a driver may be inebriated or distracted and lose control over their vehicle. Speed is always a factor. If the emergency occurred when the vehicle was moving at a slow speed, the extent of the damage may be less. An accident caused by a speeding vehicle can be lethal to pedestrians or passengers of a vehicle in the path of the speeding motor vehicle out of control.
How Pedestrians Can Protect Themselves
Most pedestrians are confident when they are walking on the sidewalk that they will not be injured. While not as frequent as other accidents, pedestrians are hit at bus stops and while using the sidewalk. This sometimes happens due to inattention by a driver, when a driver falls asleep at the wheel or due to impairment by alcohol or drugs. There are things a pedestrian can to guard against being hit:
- When walking, don’t listen to music or talk or text on the phone. This will take your attention away from what is going on around you. Listening to music with dual-headphones will block out noise such as screeching tires or people warning you to get out of the way.
- Don’t just look straight ahead. Pay attention to what is happening at your side.
- Be aware of an escape route. You will probably have seconds to get out of the way of a car or truck barreling toward the sidewalk. Always think of ways you could get out of the way before you are in danger. That way you’ll always have a preplanned escape route.
Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. Out of control vehicles can cause injury to pedestrians or people walking down the sidewalk. If this happened to you or if a member of your family died as a result of a pedestrian accident, reach out to me at (916) 921-6400 anytime, or if you are outside the area, call (800) 404-5400. You can contact me online too if that is easier for you. I’ll provide friendly advice that is free of charge.
I’ve helped many residents of Sacramento in the 35 years I’ve practiced in the city with wrongful death and traumatic brain injuries. I’ve assisted others in Northern California obtain the compensation they need and deserve when an accident causes financial trauma.
I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates. This forum allows membership when trial attorneys have won settlements and verdicts of $1 million for clients.
I founded and own AutoAccident.com. I established it as a repository of articles on personal injury law for use by clients and residents of the Northern California area.
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