Pedestrian accidents are common in California. Negligent and reckless drivers who injure pedestrians must be held accountable and victims justly compensated. That’s where BoyesLegal APC comes in. We have extensive experience handling pedestrian accidents and an impressive record of achieving significant settlements and jury awards.
Once you become our client, we will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve. We handle all injury claims on a contingency basis, so there is never a fee until we recover for you. Contact our office today for a no-cost consultation.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in California
Pedestrians are required to exercise reasonable care for their safety. That means waiting for the walk signal at a traffic light, using marked crosswalks, not walking alongside the road, and using a sidewalk when provided. No matter how cautious a pedestrian is, driver errors are the reason for most accidents, including:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Driving under the influence
If you or a family member suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, let BoyesLegal handle all the details of your claim so you can focus on healing. We will guide you through the process, protect your rights, and get you all the medical and financial resources you need.
Common Injuries Caused By Pedestrian Accidents
Injuries after a pedestrian accident can range from mild to severe to fatal, based on how fast the driver was traveling. Common injuries include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Neck and head injuries
- Permanent disability
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
A severely injured pedestrian may require lifelong care, which can be an emotional and financial burden for the victim and family members. You can depend on us to help lift that burden by providing aggressive representation and fighting for the maximum compensation you deserve.
How Much Is My Pedestrian Accident Claim Worth?
No two injury claims are the same. Your damages depend on the extent of your injuries and the degree of your liability. Also, there are several factors involved in determining the driver’s responsibility, such as:
- Whether you were in a crosswalk
- How fast the driver was traveling
- Whether the traffic light for the driver was green, yellow, or red
- If sun, glare, or fog impacted the driver’s visibility
- When the accident occurred – daytime, dusk, or night
By collaborating with accident reconstruction specialists and conducting a thorough investigation, we will prove the driver was at fault. Above all, we will fight for a compensation that includes economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitative costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Replacement services
- Assistive devices (e.g. wheelchair, crutches, walker)
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability/disfigurement
- Attorney fees and court costs
You can also recover punitive damages if the driver was reckless or egregious, such as speeding or driving without a license.
What Is Comparative Negligence?
Pedestrian accidents in California fall under the rules of comparative negligence. That means you can still recover damages if you contributed to the accident, but your award will consider the percentage of blame assigned to you.
Suppose you were struck by a distracted driver while crossing the street but did not use the crosswalk. You may be deemed 20 percent at fault. If your total damages amount to $100,000, your award will be $80,000.
Rest assured, we will work to prove the driver was at-fault for causing your injuries and get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Although many injury claims settle through negotiations with an insurance company, some insurers put profits ahead of the injured. We will demand full payment of your claim and take your case to trial if necessary.
What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident
If you have been in a pedestrian accident, seek immediate medical attention. All drivers involved in the accident must stop at the site and summon law enforcement when someone is injured. Police will collect the contact and insurance information of the driver and prepare an accident report, which will be evidence in your claim.
You should keep records of your treatment, such as doctor’s visits, surgeries, rehabilitative care, and physical therapy, and follow your doctor’s orders. Once you begin to recover, contact BoyesLegal. We will do everything we can to hold the driver accountable and get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Contact Our Experienced California Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you or a family member has suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, you deserve just compensation. That’s the time to contact BoyesLegal APC. We dedicate ourselves to keeping the roads safe for pedestrians and holding negligent drivers accountable for the harm they cause. Above all, we will provide you with compassion, knowledge, and exceptional personal service. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start working on your pedestrian accident claim.