Newport Beach Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you have been seriously injured in a Newport Beach pedestrian accident, the local personal injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase can help you secure maximum compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Our successful track record combined with our experience in successfully handling local pedestrian accident cases puts us in a unique position to produce the best possible outcome in your case.
We also offer all our clients the guarantee that they will not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket costs until we have recovered compensation for them. This means you don't pay a dime if your case is not successful. To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation, call us at 949-203-3814
Have You Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Being out and about is integral to life in this coastal town. Both residents and visitors to Newport Beach come out here to enjoy sun-kissed beaches, boating along the bay, two spectacular piers and walking or jogging on the Strand. In a beach community that is busy year-round, being a pedestrian can also prove dangerous. Newport Beach sees its share of pedestrian accident injuries, and unfortunately, fatalities. From 2009 to 2014, Newport Beach had 186 pedestrian accidents, as reported by our Orange County car accident statistics report.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your legal rights are protected:
- Police report: File a police report and obtain a copy for your own records. A police report helps pin down the time, date and circumstances of the collision. Sometimes, the responding or investigating officer might make a note of who appeared to be at fault. For example, the officer might mention in the report that the motorist had failed to yield to the pedestrian who was in a crosswalk. Such reports could be extremely valuable during the claims process.
- Medical attention: Seek and obtain medical attention. Pedestrians often face the danger of suffering internal injuries such as internal bleeding, which may not be apparent right away. Don't decline medical attention at the scene. If you have been injured, get the medical attention, treatment and care you need and follow the doctor's orders and recommendations.
- Preserving evidence: Try to get as much evidence from the scene as possible including photographs, eyewitness accounts and pertinent information from other parties involved such as vehicle license plate number, driver's license, contacts and insurance details. Be sure to preserve any type of physical evidence such as torn or bloody clothing.
- Protecting your rights: Contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer who will work every step of the way to ensure that your rights and best interests are protected.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
The physical trauma suffered by pedestrian accident victims is often significant. In most pedestrian accidents, the bumper or hood typically hit the pedestrian's legs and hips. This means, broken bones in those areas are quite common in pedestrian accidents. Depending on the speed at which the striking vehicle is traveling, the pedestrian can get thrown from the point of impact. Head injuries and internal organ damage are common in such cases.
Often in the case of fractures, there are also injuries to blood vessels and tissues. These types of injuries lead to limb amputations. Such injuries can also be complicated, from which it could take several months to recover. Some individuals suffer permanent injuries or disabilities because of severe brain injuries or spinal cord trauma. Others lose their livelihoods. Pedestrian accident injuries could also prove fatal.
How Long Will it Take?
How long it takes to get a pedestrian accident case resolved in Newport Beach entirely depends on the facts of the case. Pedestrians with less severe injuries will often get the medical treatment and rehabilitative care they need and make a relatively quick recovery. Such cases can be completed within a few months after treating injuries and negotiating with insurance companies.
If you have suffered severe or catastrophic injuries, your case could take longer. If the insurance company does not offer you a fair settlement, it may become necessary to take the case to a trial. This could add more time to your case. When an insurance company is playing hardball, like they often do, it is important to pursue all options to get the justice and compensation you rightfully deserve.
The Worth of Your Case
The worth or value of a pedestrian accident case often depends on the nature and extent of the victim's injuries and the losses he or she has incurred as a result of the injuries – both economic and non-economic. Here are some of the elements that go into determining what your case will be worth:
- Medical expenses, current and future costs
- Time away from work
- Loss of future earning capacity or livelihood
- Cost of rehabilitative treatment such as physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Other factors that could affect the value of your claim include the facts of your case, fault, liability and prior medical history. An experienced Newport Beach pedestrian accident attorney can not only help you calculate quantifiable losses such as incurred costs and lost wages, but also non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, which can be more challenging to determine.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you have suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian accident, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced injury lawyer who has a successful track record of dealing with insurance companies and helping injured victims and their families recover maximum compensation.
The experienced Newport Beach personal injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase offer a no-fee guarantee to our clients. This means you don't pay any fees until we recover compensation for you. Contact us at 949-203-3814 to find out how we can help you seek and obtain fair compensation.