Pedestrian accidents are common in California, often resulting in catastrophic injuries. When a pedestrian accident is caused by a negligent or reckless driver, the injury victim has a right to file a lawsuit to recover damages. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, J&Y Law can help.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys know how to hold negligent drivers accountable for pedestrian accidents and will fight for the compensation you need and deserve. We offer free consultations, and there is never a fee until we recover for you. Contact our office now so we can get to work immediately.
How J&Y Law Can Help
If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be frightened and not know where to turn. This is the time to contact the personal injury attorneys at J&Y. Once we take your case, we will:
- Thoroughly investigate the accident scene
- Collect evidence, including surveillance video of the accident
- Identify the driver responsible for the accident
- Obtain the medical record documenting your injuries and treatment
- Handle all communications with the insurance company and opposing counsel
- Negotiate a favorable settlement
- File a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary
Above all, we are committed to helping you obtain all the medical and financial resources you need, now and in the future.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in California
All drivers must be aware of their surroundings and avoid causing injuries to pedestrians. Nonetheless, pedestrian accidents are frequently caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Driving under the influence
In any case, there are several factors involved in determining the driver’s responsibility, such as:
- Were you in a crosswalk?
- How fast was the driver traveling?
- Was the traffic light for the driver green, yellow or red?
- Was the driver’s visibility impacted by sun glare, rain, or fog?
- Did the accident occur in the daytime, dusk, or night?
You should know that pedestrians are required to exercise reasonable care for their own safety by:
- Waiting for the walk signal at a traffic light
- Using marked crosswalks
- Avoid walking alongside the road
- Use a sidewalk when one is provided
By collaborating with accident reconstruction specialists, we will work to understand all the details of the pedestrian accident that caused your injuries, limit your liability, and make sure your rights are protected.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries in California
Pedestrian accidents often result in a wide range of injuries, including:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Permanent disabilities
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
The pedestrian accident attorneys at J&Y are here to help you obtain all the medical and financial resources you need.
Damages You Can Recover in a Pedestrian Accident
Although no two personal injury claims are the same, our pedestrian accident attorneys will fight to help you recover economic and noneconomic damages, such as:
- Medical expenses (present and future)
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Permanent disabilities
- Rehabilitative and long-term care
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If the driver’s conduct was reckless or egregious (e.g. speeding, driving under the influence), you may also be awarded punitive damages that are intended to punish the driver’s misconduct and deter similar negligence by others.
It is important to note that the state’s rule of comparative negligence applies to pedestrian accidents. While you can still recover damages if you contributed to the accident, they will be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you.
For example, if the amount of your damages is assessed at $100,000, but a court or insurance claims adjuster determines you were 20 percent at fault for not using a crosswalk, the damages awarded to you will be reduced to $80,000. Ultimately, it takes a skilled pedestrian accident attorney to hold the negligent driver accountable and win you just compensation.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in California
After a pedestrian accident, you should contact the police and seek immediate medical attention, even if you don’t feel that you’ve been injured. The reports of emergency personnel and records of subsequent medical treatment will be important evidence in your claim. Failing to do so can cause your injuries to worsen and have a negative impact on your personal injury case.
After you begin to recover, contact the pedestrian accident lawyers at J&Y. We will handle all the details of your claim, including all dealings with the insurance company. Although insurers have an unfair advantage over accident victims and often attempt to settle claims for as little money as possible, we have the skills and experience to level the playing field. Trust our legal team to fight hard for every dollar you deserve.
Contact Our Experienced California Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, turn to J&Y Law. We have a proven history of success in and out of the courtroom, having recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Contact us today so we can start working on your pedestrian accident claim.