San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Legal Help for Injured Pedestrians
Pedestrians are completely vulnerable to the dangers surrounding them. When pedestrians are hit by a car‚ truck‚ or motorcycle‚ they are bound to suffer serious injury‚ and possibly death.
If another party’s negligence or reckless behavior caused the accident that injured you or killed a family member‚ you deserve to be compensated for your losses. But don’t expect the at-fault party and insurance company to offer you a fair payout – they won’t do that unless their feet are held to the fire. If you’ve never dealt with insurance companies before‚ you may not realize that they’re not the benevolent characters their commercials portray them to be. Insurance companies are businesses‚ and they are out to make the biggest profit possible.
Our legal team at Jurewitz Law Group hates to see injury victims get screwed by insurance companies that only care about their bottom line. We’ve tangled with insurance companies before‚ and we know how they operate. To find out more about your legal rights and options‚ call a San Diego personal injury attorney at Jurewitz Law Group for a free consultation by dialing (888) 233-5020 today. If we represent you‚ you pay nothing upfront. We only collect our fee if we win you the compensation you deserve.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)‚ approximately 5‚997 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2016.
Do I Need a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
When pedestrians suffer severe injuries in an accident, negligent motorists are most often to blame for the accident. If you were struck by a vehicle while walking on a sidewalk, a crosswalk, an intersection, a parking lot, or anywhere else you legally had a right to be walking, you could be owed significant compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered.
Pedestrians commonly report severe injuries after being struck by cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, or other vehicles, often requiring extended hospital stays, rehabilitation, surgery, and expensive medications. Along with cuts, bruises, and broken bones, pedestrian accident victims can sustain severe injuries like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries. Injuries such as these typically require costly long-term care with the victims potentially not being able to return to work. If applicable, an attorney will take the long-term effects of your injury into consideration while figuring out the amount of damages you’re entitled to and putting you in the best position to win your case.
If you have sustained injuries in a traumatic accident, you will likely not be physically and emotionally capable of handling legal matters on your own. You need the assistance and guidance of an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer. A lawyer will provide you with the peace of mind you need and allow you to focus on what’s most important: your health and recovery.
Why Choose Jurewitz Law Group to Handle My Case?
If you’ve been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident by no fault of your own, you are almost always better off when you hire a lawyer. Hiring an attorney allows you to recover 3.5 times more settlement money, on average, than if you were to do it alone. At Jurewitz Law Group, our compassionate California pedestrian accident lawyers listen to our clients and treat them the way we want to be treated. When you sit down with us for a free initial consultation, our skilled lawyers will walk you through the process. We will answer all of your questions and explain what you can expect from your case, allowing you to make an informed decision regarding your legal options.
For nearly 20 years, Jurewitz Law Group has been fighting for the rights of pedestrian accident victims in California. We are a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most revered trial lawyer groups in the country. Membership is limited to 1% of attorneys in the United States. Million-plus dollar verdicts and settlements in personal injury cases are required for entry into this prestigious group. A few of our notable pedestrian accident settlements include $100,000 awarded to the family of a child struck by a car while crossing a Chula Vista street and $100,000 for a pedestrian hit by a car in a parking lot.
Do not wait to contact Jurewitz Law Group if you have been seriously injured as a pedestrian in the San Diego area. The quicker you call us, the quicker we can get to work at helping you recover the maximum compensation.
Common Causes of Pedestrian-Car Collisions
All too often‚ pedestrians are hit by drivers who fail to exercise proper caution on the road. Some accidents may involve an extenuating circumstance‚ such as glare‚ adverse climate‚ or bad road conditions, but many can be explained by the driver’s own wrongful actions‚ for example:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Distracted driving
- Failing to address stop or slow signs‚ school zones‚ and crosswalks
- Trying to pass a stopped school bus
Pedestrians can do their part to protect themselves by wearing visible and/or reflective clothing‚ especially at night; crossing the street only at designated crosswalks, and staying on the sidewalk.
What Damages Can I Collect in My San Diego Pedestrian Accident Claim?
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in Carlsbad or San Diego‚ you may be entitled to recover the following damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Permanent injury or disability
- Lost wages and loss of career earning potential
- Loss of a limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Wrongful death damages‚ including funeral and burial expenses; medical bills; pain and suffering of the deceased before death; loss of love‚ affection‚ marital consortium‚ etc.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident due to someone else’s negligence, you are likely entitled to some of the damages listed above. After you have received medical care for your injuries, consult with a knowledgeable San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer about the compensation you may be able to receive.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
In 2018, an estimated 6,227 pedestrians were killed in the United States, an increase of 250 from 2017 and the highest number in nearly three decades, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The report projects that pedestrian fatalities have increased by 51.5% since a low of 4,109 in 2009. Pedestrian fatalities now make up 16% of all deaths on U.S. roads. A 4% increase from a decade ago.
In California, pedestrian fatality rates increased by 11%, from 1.8 per 100,000 residents in 2007 to 2 per 100,000 residents in 2013, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Non-fatal injury rates decreased by 13.5% from a high of 39 per 100,000 residents in 2007 to 32 per 100,000 residents in 2013.
Of the total traffic crashes in California, one-fifth of the total persons killed were pedestrians, according to the CDPH. One-third of children age 14 and under who died in traffic crashes were pedestrians. One-third of all pedestrians killed and 7% of pedestrians who suffered non-fatal injuries were comprised of the elderly (65 and older).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Pedestrian Accidents
We get a lot of questions from clients regarding their pedestrian accident cases. Below we have included some of the most commonly asked questions. We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions about your specific case, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced California pedestrian accident attorneys at any time by calling us or reaching out to us online.
What do I need to do after I was hit by a car?
Your health should be your No. 1 priority. Get to a safe location and seek medical treatment if necessary. Call the police as they need to investigate the accident and file a police report. Collect the contact and insurance information from the motorist who hit you and contact information for all witnesses, if applicable. Take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries if they are visible. When discussing the accident, don’t say anything that could be interpreted as admitting fault. See a doctor as quickly as possible, even if are not feeling the effects of an injury. Carefully follow your doctor’s instructions and be sure to document every appointment and procedure. Finally, contact Jurewitz Law Group as soon as possible after the accident so we can help protect your rights and fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.
How long do I have to file a claim in California?
You have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim. Building a case takes time, so it is critical that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
What if the pedestrian accident was partly my fault?
Because California follows the pure comparative negligence system, your personal injury claim will be reduced by the percentage that a court decides you were responsible. For example, if a judge or jury decides that you were responsible for 25% of the accident and the other party was 75% responsible, your compensation will be reduced by 25%.
Jurewitz Law Group Won’t Let You Get Screwed
Remember‚ insurance companies aren’t your friends. They don’t care about you‚ they don’t care about your family‚ and they don’t care about your future. If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian‚ or lost a loved one who was killed while a pedestrian‚ your only hope in getting an adequate settlement is to get an experienced and aggressive attorney.
Jurewitz Law Group has spent nearly two decades fighting for the rights of injury victims. To get the compensation you deserve‚ call our San Diego office at (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation.
- Free report by Transportation for America‚ “Dangerous by Design”
- Pedestrian Safety
- Pedestrian and Bike Safety
- Pedestrian Traffic Safety Facts 2016 – NHTSA
Pedestrian Accident Case Results
- Awarded: $100‚000 – Car Strikes Chula Vista Children Crossing the Street
- Awarded: $100‚000 (Policy Limits) – Pedestrian Hit by Car in Parking Lot Suffers Facet Joint Injury in Neck
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