Regardless of who is at fault in this accident, drivers always have a responsibility to be mindful of their surroundings – especially when road conditions make it harder to see.
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) June 18, 2020
A June 3 article on The Mercury News reports on the fatal collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on a freeway interchange in San Jose. Initial findings suggest the pedestrian may have been walking on the freeway ramp just after midnight before being struck. Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney office Legal Defenders at the Law Offices of Burg and Brock says that regardless of who is at fault in this accident, drivers always have a responsibility to be mindful of their surroundings – especially when road conditions make it harder to see.
Legal Defenders says that in such a populous state as California, it’s not uncommon to see pedestrians in the middle of the street. Whether that presence is legitimate or not, jaywalking and strange behavior are not capital offenses and, of course, the onus is always on the driver to prevent an accident. Drivers should always be aware of areas where they could potentially encounter pedestrians and make the necessary adjustments to their speed and maneuvering.
The personal injury attorney office says that if a pedestrian or other motorist is hit, a responsible party may become liable for damages including repairs, property damage, medical bills, physical and psychological therapy, and more. However, Legal Defenders says that all these financial burdens often pale in comparison to the psychological impact of harming or even killing another person on the road. The firm says that the best way to avoid hitting another person is simply to practice the safest driving habits.
Good driving habits, the firm says, start with managing speed. Speed limits are present for a reason and take into account numerous road conditions like twists and turns, as well as the frequency of traffic. The firm says that even when there are no other motorists around, going above the speed limit places drivers at heightened risk for losing control of their vehicle on a sharp turn or other adverse road situation. Legal Defenders says that speed is only part of the equation though, as aggressive or impulsive maneuvering is far more likely to result in a crash because even the most skilled drivers have to account for the skills of those around them, and the slightest miscalculation can prove catastrophic.
Lastly, Legal Defenders says that by remaining calm and in control, the chances of making an irresponsible decision with the potential to cause significant injury or death are mitigated. While it may seem worth it to travel ten miles above the speed limit on a commute home to beat traffic, the reality is that those few spare moments of saved time are hardly worth the potential consequences.
For more information on Legal Defenders at the Law Offices of Burg and Brock, call their office at (818) 938-2528 or visit their website at https://www.legaldefenders.com/.