Pedestrian Accidents FAQs
San Diego personal injury lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group are dedicated to protecting the rights of personal injury victims and their families. If you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident, there may be grounds to hold the negligent party accountable for your losses. Let our legal team work on your behalf to obtain compensation for your recovery while you and your family focus on healing. We are available to answer all of your questions and will fight to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Review the following frequently asked questions regarding pedestrian accidents and then call us for a free and comprehensive case evaluation at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020.
A: Depending on the severity of the accident and the subsequent damages you have suffered, you may be entitled to financial compensation for hospitalization, rehabilitation, and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering, emotional duress, and psychological counseling. In the event of a fatal accident, the surviving family can claim funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering. The settlement amount ultimately goes toward the economic and non-economic losses that the victim has suffered due to the at-fault party’s negligence.
A: While motorists are legally obligated to take reasonable care to watch out for pedestrians, it is not uncommon for the dangerous design or quality of a road to contribute to a pedestrian accident. For example, if an intersection is poorly marked and poorly lit, it may interfere with a driver’s ability to see an individual crossing the street. The government agency or property owner responsible for maintaining that intersection may be liable for damages for failing to take reasonable measures to prevent harm.
A: In California, even if you crossed a street at an undesignated crosswalk, you may be entitled to receive damages based on comparative fault. Essentially, both parties should take reasonable care to avoid causing harm or an accident. If a pedestrian jaywalks, he or she may be found only partially at fault for an accident if there is evidence that the driver engaged in negligent behavior, such as speeding, driving distracted, or driving while under the influence of alcohol.
A: In fatal pedestrian accidents, family members, such as parents, children, or other dependants can pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. In some cases, more than one party may be liable. With the right attorney on your side, you will be able to gather sufficient evidence to build a strong case to obtain both economic and non-economic damages related to the accident.
A: It is unfortunately common for insurance companies to minimize or outright deny a legitimate claim for the sake of profit. An experienced San Diego pedestrian accident attorney can handle the necessary negotiations to ensure that you or your loved one receive the full and fair coverage you need and deserve after experiencing the devastation of a pedestrian accident.
A: In order to protect your claim and ensure the best possible chance for recovery, do not wait too long to speak with an attorney about your case. Not only will you have to act within the two year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, but you will also want to secure time-sensitive evidence that will help strengthen your case. For example, you will need photographs of the scene of the crash, medical records, police reports, and eyewitness testimony that may not be as accurate or available over the course of several months.
Contact a San Diego injury lawyer at the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020 if you have questions regarding your accident or if you believe you have a valid case. We will help you explore your options and can begin building a case on your behalf as soon as possible.
Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.