Accident on SR 273 Causes Major Injury to Pedestrian
A major pedestrian accident occurred on January 3 along the highway at Cascade between Anderson and Redding, which included a two-vehicle crash. The collision occurred along State Route 273 at Latona Road around 6:00 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) accident report. The accident was reported by the individual who struck the pedestrian, who said that he was running across the street when the incident occurred.
Pedestrian Hospitalized With a Major Injury
The vehicle accident included a GMC Canyon, which sustained major front-end damage, and a Toyota Corolla with serious damage on its right-hand side. The northbound lanes of SR 273 were closed to traffic as the accident was investigated and the pedestrian transported to Mercy Medical Center. Although the incident was closed by authorities around 8:30 in the morning, it was reopened at 11:49 a.m. when it was discovered that one of the vehicles involved in the collision had been reported as stolen. No additional information was provided.
Causes of a Major Injury Pedestrian Accident
A major pedestrian accident occurs frequently in Northern California. A negligent motorist is responsible for many of these collisions, although pedestrians also have the responsibility to be cautious. Some of the main reasons a pedestrian accident occurs include:
- The pedestrian is forced to cross a street where no lights or crosswalks are available. Because of this, motorists using the roadway do not expect to see someone on foot crossing. In some cases, if the motorist is vigilant, they have time to stop to avoid a major pedestrian accident. In others, their speeds are too high such as on a highway, and stopping is not an option.
- Speeding leads to a high number of pedestrian accidents. The speeding driver needs more time and distance to stop and has less control over their vehicle. In addition, the faster the vehicle is going, the higher the risk of a pedestrian fatality.
- Distracted driving has become a major reason for all types of accidents. The driver who is texting, looking at their control panel, or focusing on something other than driving is more apt to cause an accident involving a pedestrian.
- Drunk driving as well as someone who has been taking drugs can easily cause an accident that injures a pedestrian. Not only are their reflexes affected, but the inebriated driver has problems focusing, cannot judge distances, and even has trouble staying in their own lane.
- Fatigued driving is as dangerous as being intoxicated. Their reactions behind the wheel of a vehicle are similar to those of someone who has been drinking and can lead to a major pedestrian accident.
Recovery of Compensation Following a Pedestrian Accident
A pedestrian who was injured by an at-fault driver or other entity may claim the following in compensation:
- The injured pedestrian can recover all of their medical expenses associated with the accident, such as hospitalization, ambulance, tests, surgeries, physicians’ bills, rehabilitation, and others.
- Wages lost from their inability to work due to the injury are recoverable.
- Damages for their physical pain and suffering as well as emotional and psychological trauma, can be recovered.
Redding Personal Injury Lawyer
I am Ed Smith, a Redding personal injury lawyer. Pedestrian injuries are often serious and can result in high medical costs, the inability to work, and pain and suffering. If a negligent motorist was the cause of your trauma, you might want to see if you can file a claim to recover compensation. You are welcome to contact our injury lawyers for free and friendly advice at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. An online contact form is available also.
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