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Burlingame is a beautiful place, often referred to as the City of Trees. Of course, you want to get out and go for a walk every now and again. There are so many relaxing places to walk through and stores to visit that you can make an entire day of walking with the family. Being located right on the bay, you may just want to stroll while taking in the salty air.

Unfortunately, accidents can happen when you are walking and they may not be your fault. When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the damage can be severe. If you’ve been in an accident, you may need a Burlingame pedestrian accident attorney. At Allegiance Law, we are ready to help you through what is sure to be a difficult time.

A Walking World

Whether you are walking to work or simply out around town taking in the sights, the last thing on your mind is getting into an accident. Around town, there are plenty of sidewalks and safety measures in place to ensure pedestrians can cross the roads safely.

There is also no way for you to know that drivers are focused on the road. According to the CDC, over 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year in traffic accidents and almost 129,000 are injured. In places like Burlingame, with close proximity to other high traffic Bay Area cities, there are bound to be pedestrian accidents.

Drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol often jump sidewalk curbs and run into innocent people. More and more, we are seeing pedestrian accidents where the driver was completely distracted by their phone. While they think that looking at a text message for a second won’t cause any harm, taking their eyes off the road can have deadly consequences for you and your family.

When a vehicle makes impact with a person, the trauma can be significant. The initial impact can break bones and cause internal injuries. The secondary impact, when a person strikes the ground, can be just as damaging. These types of accidents often result in lengthy hospital stays for physical recovery. This doesn’t take into account the potential for any long-term emotional damage and PTSD.

If you have to miss workers permanently disabled because you were hit by a vehicle, the livelihood of your family could be in jeopardy.

What To Do

If you or a loved one been injured while legally walking down a street or sidewalk, make sure you seek medical treatment. No matter how minor an injury may seem, it may become more significant later. Make sure you call the police so they can document the accident.

You may need a pedestrian accident attorney in Burlingame. Don’t speak with insurance companies until you seek legal advice from attorneys experienced in these types of accidents. No matter how major or minor the injuries, Allegiance Law is ready to help through this process, from handling insurance companies to medical claims. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.