When reckless drivers hit people walking or jogging, they need to be held accountable. Get the help you need by working with a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney.
Walking is generally considered a smart, healthy way to get from one place to another, especially in a beach community like San Diego. When there are a lot of pedestrians, however, there is also a significant potential for accidents with motor vehicle drivers. And when a vehicle collides with a human being, the damage can be catastrophic.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident and you weren’t responsible, you can recover compensation for your injuries. It isn’t always easy to determine who was at fault, however, as the blame could be split between the parties involved.
Don’t let an insurance company blame you for the wreck. Instead, let a San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC, fight for your compensation. Our attorneys can determine who was at fault, how much you are owed, and take your case to court, if needed.
As most accidents are preventable, this means that someone is usually at fault and therefore responsible for the damages caused. Pedestrian accidents can happen in the blink of an eye: when you are just walking along the sidewalk, trying to get home, or simply attempting to get to work. A car, motorcycle, or bicycle may come out of nowhere and hit you.
Maybe you were following all the rules for pedestrians and a reckless or distracted driver came out of nowhere, striking you in a crosswalk and changing your life forever. Whatever the circumstances, a pedestrian accident attorney from our office will be able to help you identify the cause and who was responsible:
Pedestrian injuries are likely to be very serious, and you might be in the hospital for some time due to your wounds. Some of the more extensive injuries could affect your mobility, your ability to return to work, and even your capability to physically care for yourself.
Below, you will find some common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents:
Pedestrian accidents often cause extremely catastrophic injuries, for obvious reasons. Serious injuries will require extensive medical treatment, sometimes resulting in follow-up care for months or even years in some cases. You will need your compensation to cover all of these expenses for the injuries you suffered.
A lawyer can help you understand your rights in the wake of such an injury. They will also help you hold the at-fault party liable for their negligence and force them to compensate you for your losses.
In addition to medical costs, there will likely be other damages your pedestrian accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for:
Many California laws affect how personal injury claims for pedestrian accidents are filed. Legal consultants such as our firm can help you understand these laws and comply with them. Our personal injury practice lawyers also ensure that you can meet other legal requirements in time to speed up your claim.
Under California right-of-way laws, all vehicles must yield to pedestrians. This applies if you walked on a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. However, you must obey traffic signals when crossing a roadway.
If you are injured in a car or bicycle accident as you crossed a walkway with a right of way, the other party is very likely at fault. It is then easier to establish causation and prove negligence. However, several other factors need to be considered as well.
The comparative negligence rule becomes involved in many pedestrian accident cases. This rule states that all the parties in a personal injury incident are assigned a percentage of fault, based on their degree of negligence. For instance, if evidence shows that you suddenly ran across the road, an insurance company may use it to prove that you were also negligent.
Accident lawyers pay attention to these factors to determine whether or not you were partially responsible for a pedestrian accident.
California Code of Civil Procedure states that you must file a pedestrian accident claim within two years of the accident. This information is critically important for you as a claimant.
Our law office can help you only if you bring your claim within this period. There are some rare exceptions to this time limit and some clients may be able to file for damages even after two years have passed. Our lawyers can advise you on whether or not your claim qualifies for such an exception.
Getting injured in a pedestrian collision will likely mean catastrophic injuries. These types of injuries could impact your life in the long term. Your mobility may be impaired, as well as your ability to return to work—and sometimes even your capacity to take care of yourself. You need to be fully compensated so that you can protect your future.
A San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC, can work with you on your case. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation, so contact us today at 619-550-1313 or use our online contact form below.