This month is a busy time of year for all of us. It's the ramp-up to the holiday season, which means that shopping season is in full swing. There never seems to be enough time to do everything that needs to be done, and the list of errands seems endless. We start to feel as though we're living in our cars, travelling from store to store, battling other cars headed to the same places.
But the chaos doesn't stop once we leave our cars and hit the sidewalks. As pedestrians, we battle all those cars still on the roads, full of drivers distracted by their own to-do lists. This distraction can lead to serious car accidents.
In fact, this month, there's been a surge of pedestrian accidents. The first two weeks of the month saw five pedestrian and bicycle accidents within five days. Three people were killed and two more were injured. One of the victims was a 67-year-old woman who was fatally struck by a car while walking in a crosswalk. Just 15 minutes later, a man on a bicycle was seriously injured when a car hit him. Neither of the drivers had been drinking or doing drugs, and both cooperated with authorities. But the fact remains that people were hurt and killed.
Both drivers and pedestrians need to be extra careful this time of year, considering the added distractions and changes in daylight. Now that it's getting darker earlier in the day, it can be harder to see people walking or biking on the street. If you're a pedestrian and you're seriously injured, you may need help piecing together the details of the crash. Whether or not the driver is cooperative, it's important to ensure you're compensated afterward. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you work through the aftermath and get you back on track. At this time of year, the last thing you want slowing you down is an accident.
Source: KTVU.com, "Three killed, two injured in separate San Jose accidents," Nov. 10, 2011
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