Fresno has been known as one of the most dangerous cities for drivers in California. Accidents are quite common and about 64 percent of them involve pedestrians. In 2018, it was reported that 21 fatal pedestrian accidents occurred on Fresno streets. With an alarming amount of injuries and casualties, police have urged residents and visitors to walk cautiously on crosswalks since it is not always guaranteed that a driver will give a pedestrian the right-of-way.
Under California law, a driver is required to give the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing the street within any marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Those who violate this law will face legal repercussions, such as criminal charges, fines, penalties, and/or a personal injury lawsuit. In California, the fine for violating CVC 21950 is $238. One point will also be added to the driver’s DMV record. If the driver is given 4 points in 12 months, 6 points in 24 months, or 8 points in 36 months, they will be at risk of getting their license suspended.
Penalties for vehicular manslaughter in California will depend on whether the driver’s actions are considered as gross or ordinary negligence. If the driver committed gross negligence, then they will be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. The misdemeanor sentence for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence is up to one year in county jail, while a felony sentence would be six years in state prison. If the driver committed ordinary negligence, then they will be charged with a misdemeanor. The driver may face up to one year in county jail.
Victims of a pedestrian accident may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver at-fault for their injuries and damages. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our Fresno pedestrian accident attorneys have over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury cases. With our track record of recovering more than $1 billion in settlements for our clients, we are confident that we will deliver a good outcome to your case.
To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our Fresno personal injury law firm, please contact our 24/7 legal team by calling (559) 272-9881 or emailing [email protected].
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
There are multiple factors that have contributed to the cause of a pedestrian accident. This includes the following:
How to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents
Streets are commonly designed to provide convenience to drivers more so than pedestrians, which leaves pedestrians in a vulnerable position. To better the chances of a pedestrian safely walking on the streets of Fresno, we have created a list of tips that should be taken into consideration when going out for a walk.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. It is calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. A few examples of economic losses include loss of earning capacity, medical bills, and lost wages.
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. It may include compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. It is relatively rare and, in fact, is only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts. Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you were injured due to a pedestrian accident and would like to pursue legal actions against the party at-fault, our Fresno pedestrian accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for losses you have suffered.
Reach out to us today by calling (559) 272-9881 or emailing [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.