Pedestrian Accident in Florin Under Investigation

Pedestrian Accident on Elk Grove Florin Road

A pedestrian accident happened on January 10 along Elk Grove Florin Road in South Sacramento when the walker was struck by a Toyota Camry. The report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated that the incident happened shortly before 9:00 a.m. just north of the intersection with Gerber Road in the Florin area. The roadway was cleared in a few minutes, and a tow truck was called to pick up the Toyota from the Walmart parking lot. The pedestrian was transported by emergency responders with the Sacramento Fire Department to Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The accident is under investigation by the CHP to determine how it happened and to assign fault.

Pedestrians at Risk for Serious Injuries

People who are on foot are at high risk of a pedestrian accident resulting in severe injuries due to their lack of protection against a motor vehicle. Most accidents are caused by negligence, such as texting while driving, being under the influence of alcohol, speeding, or running a red light. It is our job to prove that this negligence caused your accident injuries. In this way, the injured person can place a claim for compensation to pay the medical costs and lost wages as well as for their pain and suffering.

Speed Is a Factor in a Pedestrian Accident

Studies show that impact speed has a large effect on the pedestrian’s risk of death and serious injury. For instance, a vehicle traveling at 16 mph causes a 10-percent risk to the pedestrian. This risk goes up to 25 percent at 23 mph. By the time the vehicle’s speed reaches 31 mph, the risk of injury or death is at 50 percent. Once the driver’s speed reaches 58 mph, the risk escalates to 90 percent. This knowledge can be used to determine a safe speed that will help to reduce the risk of pedestrian accident injuries. 

Help From a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have suffered an accident injury because of negligence by another person or entity, an experienced lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our investigators are sent to the accident site right away to gather evidence to support your claim. They interview the witnesses and check over the police report for errors. Accident reconstruction is performed, which shows the before and after positions of those involved in the collision. Traffic surveillance and nearby business cameras are sought because they may have picked up the accident on tape. Our investigators also check the area for a lack of maintenance, such as missing signs, malfunctioning traffic lights, and overgrown shrubbery because these may have contributed to the pedestrian accident. Once all the evidence has been gathered, our lawyers take over building a strong case for our client. The evidence can be used either in negotiating with the insurance company or in preparing a case to present in civil court.

Florin Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Florin personal injury lawyer. Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries. If a negligent motorist caused an injury to you or a loved one, call me at (916) 921-6400 for my free and friendly advice. Those outside of the area code calling from other places in Northern California can reach me toll-free at (800) 404-5400. You can also leave me a message on my website, AutoAccident.com, and I will contact you as soon as I can.

For more than 37 years, I’ve helped Florin residents get the compensation they deserve, including for traumatic injuries, wrongful deaths, and all types of motor vehicle crashes.

Million Dollar Forum, which I am a member of, awards membership only to lawyers who have won more than one million dollars for a client. I am also honored to belong to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, which invites as members only the lawyers who exhibit the highest legal standards in their practice.

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