Pedestrian safety is under-prioritized in most of the country. Since so many Americans drive, bike, or take mass transit that minimizes the need to use their feet, they do not understand just how vulnerable those who do walk everywhere are. The assumption is that street safety alone will protect a person on foot, or that looking both ways before crossing streets and facing traffic while walking will keep you safe. But it does not always work that way.
An 11-year-old girl was struck and killed in Los Angeles on November 10th, 2017. She was waiting at a taco stand for food, accompanied by family, when a car piloted by a 21-year-old ran up onto the sidewalk, striking her and pinning her against the wall. Police are still investigating whether the driver was drunk or distracted when the fatal accident occurred.
There is nothing the girl or her family could have done to make the situation safer. They were following every law for pedestrians, staying safely away from the street, and yet she is still dead. Ultimately there is nothing that can be done to make an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian not result in terrible injuries or even death for the pedestrian. All we can do is push safe driving laws, enforcement of those laws and a sense of responsibility in drivers to make such accidents rare.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you know full well how vulnerable a person on foot is. You are also well-aware of how little care society often seems to have about that vulnerability. Please, retain an experienced attorney who can help you make your case, and help you make it clear to all Americans how important it is to drive safely.