Last week, an 84-year-old man named Herbert Hamilton died in a car accident in Anaheim. Hamilton was struck by a white Dodge Caravan while crossing the street at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Clementine Street in Anaheim. Shortly after being transported to the hospital, the elderly man died as a result of the catastrophic injuries he had sustained. Despite the frequency of these accidents, drivers remain inattentive and, subsequently, a serious danger to pedestrians.
As I've mentioned previously, according to the California Highway Patrol's 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), a total of 596 pedestrians were killed after being struck by a vehicle. Unfortunately, the frequency of new stories like this one do not suggest that these numbers will decline in the near future. Pedestrian accidents like this one are difficult to prevent in that it is virtually impossible to force drivers to pay attention to the road and the pedestrians who are in close proximity to them. However, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does stress that in a crosswalk, the pedestrian has the right of way, and that drivers must, "look for pedestrians and be prepared to stop". Awareness is crucial. If drivers were attentive when making a turn through a crosswalk, they would see the pedestrian and, hopefully, respect the pedestrian's lawful right of way.
Unfortunately the victims of these accidents are forced to pay the bill. Because this is the case, victims of these accidents would greatly benefit from the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a pedestrian accident or car accident, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Cohn & Swartzon. In accidents like this one, victims frequently sustain catastrophic injuries and fatalities often occur. The costs to the victims of these accidents is typically larger than anticipated, and often more than they can afford. These costs, which result from current and future medical bills, current and future wage losses, and other accident-related expenses, can add up very quickly. At Cohn & Swartzon we are dedicated to helping you obtain just compensation for these losses and aiding you in ensuring that these costs do not impose an unsustainable financial burden on you or your family.
Moreover, we at Cohn & Swartzon will deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. Insurance companies often have their own expert attorneys representing them whose goal it is to do everything in their power to lower the settlement amount given to the victim, which lowers their company costs. The insurance companies try to offer victims an amount that is far less than what he or she is due. Those victims that accept a lesser amount than what they are owed are typically left without the medical care coverage they need down the road. Personal injuries are typically very costly for victims. By consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney, you can protect yourself and your family from being left with this additional financial burden. Contact our office for a free consultation today.
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