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Pedestrian Major Injury Accident Occurs in Cedarville

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August 31, 2023
Edward Smith

Main Street Pedestrian Injury Accident Happens in Front of Hospital

A pedestrian major injury accident happened in Cedarville, northeast of Redding, on August 27 when the person on foot was struck by a motor vehicle. The collision occurred in front of Surprise Valley Hospital between Wallace and Washington streets around 2:00 in the morning. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital for treatment of their serious trauma, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident report. 

Cause of Pedestrian Injury Accident Being Investigated to Determine Fault

The Chevy Bronco that struck the walker was towed. Information was not provided on whether the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene. The CHP traffic accident investigation unit is determining why the collision occurred and placing fault.

Causes of a Major Injury Pedestrian Accident 

A pedestrian major injury 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:

  • 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.
  • 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 pedestrian major injury accident. In others, their speeds are too high, such as on a highway, and stopping is not an option.
  • 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.
  • 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 pedestrian major injury accident.
  • 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 lane.

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.

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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 also available.

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