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California Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

California Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident contact the California pedestrian accident lawyers for a no-fee consultation. We know you have questions. Let our team help cut through the red tape and get you the compensation you deserve. Call 949-203-3814 for immediate assistance.

Pedestrian Accidents and the Dangers

It is dangerous to be a pedestrian in California. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), pedestrians account for about 19 percent of all traffic fatalities. Pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. Pedestrians are usually unprotected unlike occupants of motor vehicles that are equipped with seatbelts and airbags. In addition, the impact of a large and heavy vehicle can be significant and can result in severe trauma.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 622 people were killed and 12,023 were injured in California pedestrian accidents in the year 2010. That means that nearly two people are killed and 33 people are injured in pedestrian accidents every day. Many of them were hit and run accidents.

John Bisnar, auto pedestrian accident attorney talks about dealing with insurance companies and how adjusters may limit your claim.

California Pedestrian Laws

California has several right-of-way laws that apply to pedestrians. These laws exist to protect vulnerable pedestrians. A number of pedestrian versus vehicle collisions in California occur because motorists fail to follow these laws.

  • Drivers must stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing in marked or unmarked crosswalks or at intersections. Motorists should wait when other vehicles are stopped at a crosswalk. Vehicles that are stopped may be letting pedestrians cross.
  • Motorists must never drive on sidewalks that are designated as safe routes for pedestrians.
  • Motorists must also stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other vehicles especially when pulling out parking lots or driveways.
  • Motorists must allow older, younger, and disabled pedestrians ample time to cross the road.
  • Even when a pedestrian is walking outside a crosswalk, a motorist is expected to exercise due caution.

Pedestrians for their part should do the right thing by following the rules of the road and walking only in crosswalks, sidewalks and other areas designated for pedestrians. All pedestrians would be well advised to wear bright clothing at night, only walk where there is adequate street lighting, stay on the sidewalk, make eye contact with drivers before crossing the roadway and steer clear of distractions, such as talking on the cell phone or texting. Walking while impaired can also have serious consequences for pedestrians just as driving under the influence for motorists.

Liability and Damages in California

If you have been injured in a California pedestrian accident, it is important that you remain at the crash site and call the police. Take down the contact information of the driver and of anyone who may have witnessed the accident. If you have a smart phone or camera with you, take photos of the vehicle, the site of the crash and of your injuries. It is also important to discuss what happened with the police and to seek out immediate medical attention. Getting medical attention right away will maximize the chances of your recovery and also provide a record when you file your injury claim.

If you can prove that you suffered a loss and that the injury was a direct result of the driver’s negligence, then, financial compensation may be available for your losses. In a number of pedestrian accident cases, a dangerous or defective roadway may also cause or contribute to the incidents. In such cases, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held accountable for the victim’s injuries. Any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within six months of the incident, according to California Government Code Section 911.2.

A successful personal injury claim can result in financial compensation for all of the victim’s losses, including medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, the cost of surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries and other related damages.

Pedestrian Accident Wrongful Death Claim

If your loved one has been killed in a California pedestrian accident, it may be possible to hold the at-fault party accountable for your loss with a wrongful death claim. If the driver is cited or arrested in connection with the crash, it will bolster your claim, but he or she does not have to face charges to be held civilly accountable for the crash. A wrongful death claim seeks compensation from at-fault parties for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship.

Examples of Driver Negligence

There are many forms of driver negligence and wrongdoing that can result in a serious injury or wrongful death. A driver can be held accountable for a crash if he or she was:

  • Exceeding the speed limit or traveling at a speed unsafe for the roadway conditions.
  • Driving while fatigued or sleepy.
  • Operating a vehicle while sending a text, checking email, answering the phone, playing with an electronic device or looking away from the roadway distractedly.
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Behaving recklessly such as street racing, weaving through traffic or running through intersections and crosswalks.

It is not always easy to hold an at-fault driver accountable for a California pedestrian accident. Victims and their families often need assistance from investigators, police officers, medical professionals and eyewitnesses. However, injury claims and civil litigation is often the only way to receive fair compensation following a serious or fatal crash.

Get Immediate Legal Help

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in California, contact our Newport Beach office for a free consultation. We can discuss your case and right to compensation. We’ve helped thousands of people to financial recovery. Call 1-800-561-4887 for a free legal consultation.

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

  • If you or a loved one have been struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, know your rights and contact a pedestrian accident attorney today. Our California law firm has recovered $750M with a 99% success rate. We have a team of top-rated trial lawyers with decades of experience in and out of the courtroom.

Case Results

  • 1

    $117,500,000

    Consumer Class Action

  • 2

    $38,650,000

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • 3

    $32,698,073

    Auto Defect – Seat Manufacturers, Johnson Controls

  • 4

    $30,000,000

    Motorcycle Accident

  • 5

    $24,744,764

    Defective Seatback

  • 6

    $16,444,904

    Bicycle Accident

Client Reviews

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Great people in this office, everyone was really helpful explaining everything. I was referred by my aunt for my car accident in October and the case went pretty fast. No problems and very professional. I was kept in the loop thru the whole process and was able to get a better settlement than my insurance company said I would. I can’t really compare them to other law firms because it was the first time I had to use an attorney, but my bad experience with the car accident was handled as well as I could have hoped.

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Bisnar Chase Review - Natalie

I’m so impressed with this law firm. I lost my mother because of a seat defect when she was rear-ended in an auto accident and Bisnar Chase stepped up and took our case. The staff is wonderful and Brian Chase took his time explaining everything via phone with me. I’m honored to have the best of the best working on our family’s behalf, trying to get justice for my Mom, because of a negligent car company still manufacturing faulty seats. I look forward to working with this firm and am hopeful for a positive outcome. Thank you so much, Brian Chase. I know you will work your hardest on this case. God Bless you.

Natalie C.

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP

1301 Dove St. STE 120, Newport Beach, CA 92660

800-561-4887

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