Home El Cajon Pedestrian Accidents

Experienced and Trusted Pedestrian Accident Law Firm

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in El Cajon

Legal Representation if You’ve Been Injured as a Pedestrian in El Cajon

Pedestrian accidents are on the rise all over the United States including in California. In 2016 there were almost 6,000 pedestrian accident fatalities and numbers released by the Governors Highway Safety Association for the first half of 2017 indicate that 2017 pedestrian fatalities will likely match 2016 at around 6,000 fatalities. The report provided that three of California’s counties are among the ten counties in the United States with the highest number of fatalities:

  • Orange County – 63 fatalities
  • Los Angeles – 265 fatalities
  • San Diego – 71 fatalities

These numbers should be concerning for pedestrians visiting and living in California. California is attempting to combat the rise of pedestrian fatalities by installing more turnabouts, funding pedestrian assessments in areas with high pedestrian accidents, and funding pedestrian education. While these attempts to lower or curb pedestrian accidents are a good thing, it does not help pedestrians who have already suffered injuries in an accident. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or death in a California pedestrian accident, contact El Cajon personal injury attorney, Eugene G. Bruno at 1-888-BRUNO-88 (1-888-278-6688) to schedule a consultation.

Common Pedestrian Accidents

Unfortunately pedestrian accidents are a regular occurrence on our California streets. There are common pedestrian accident scenarios that we have seen repeatedly including the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Excessive motor vehicle speed
  • Speeding in school zones
  • Disobeying traffic signals
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Not looking when backing up
  • Accidents in unmarked crosswalks
  • Pedestrian jaywalking
  • Left hand turns
  • Accidents that occur after dark

Comparative Fault in California

In order to recover for your damages and injuries, it will be necessary to prove that the driver was at fault in the accident that caused your injuries. If you were a pedestrian injured by a motor vehicle, it is important to understand California’s comparative negligence law, especially if you believe that you were partially at fault in the accident. You as a pedestrian may have been partially negligent in doing something illegal or ill advised such jaywalking, disobeying traffic signals, or texting on your phone as you cross the street, however, that does not generally bar you from recovery if the driver was also at fault in the accident.

California’s comparative fault law provides that a plaintiff may recover for injuries even if he or she is found to be partially at fault and his or her recovery from a defendant will be reduced by the plaintiff’s amount of fault. For example, if a speeding driver hit a jaywalking plaintiff as she was crossing the street and she is allocated 10% fault in the case and her damages are $100,000, she may recover $90,000 ($100,000 minus the 10% allocated to her own fault in the accident).

Recovery After an El Cajon Pedestrian Accident

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, contact Eugene Bruno & Associates at 1-888-BRUNO-88 (1-888-278-6688) to schedule a consultation with a dedicated El Cajon pedestrian accident lawyer. We will review the facts of your case and the totality of your injuries before developing the best legal strategy to see that you are fully compensated for your injuries.