Southern California provides temperate weather, beachside walking paths and a health-conscious population so many people in San Diego and throughout the region walk, jog and run for pleasure and fitness. Despite these positive factors for pedestrians, the danger posed by negligent drivers are especially acute for those on foot. Recent fatal pedestrian hit-and-run accidents in Santa Ana provides a grim reminder of the high risk of injury facing pedestrians struck by motor vehicles.

In one accident, a driver hit and killed a five-year-old child. In another, the driver of the vehicle slammed into a forty-year-old woman, killing her, and sped away without stopping to render aid as required by California law.

Unique challenges facing victims of pedestrian hit and run accidents

Pedestrians typically suffer permanent life-altering or fatal injuries or wrongful death when a car, truck or SUV strikes them. The human body lacks the physical ability to withstand the impact of thousands of tons of steel, plastic and glass. When a pedestrian accident occurs and the driver of the vehicle flees the scene of the pedestrian collision, recovering the costs of medical treatment, prolonged disability from employment, pain and suffering and other damages can be challenging.

Law enforcement authorities may never identify a negligent driver that flees the scene of a pedestrian accident, which makes it necessary to identify other potential viable defendants, such as:

  • Municipalities or the state of California for failure to provide safe pedestrian crossings or roads
  • Vehicle manufacturers when product defects contribute to a collision
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage

Experienced San Diego pedestrian accident attorneys can make a difference

Many people presume that pedestrian accidents are unusual, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in a recent typical year 4,280 died in fatal pedestrian crashes and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured.

Because of the severity of injuries suffered in most pedestrian-auto collision, our experienced San Diego pedestrian accident attorneys at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire carefully analyze the circumstances of hit-and-run pedestrian accidents to identify all viable defendants with insurance coverage to maximize the monetary recovery for our client’s claim.

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