Pedestrian accidents in and around the City of Pomona can lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries. When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian at a high rate of speed, either on the sidewalk or in a crosswalk, the pedestrian could fall to the ground hard. In many instances, the harder and more serious the impact, the more serious the resulting injuries in the accident.
If you or a person you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident that occurred because someone else was negligent, you might be eligible to pursue and recover various forms of monetary damages. A Pomona pedestrian accident lawyer in your area will be able to evaluate your claim and help you pursue the compensation that you deserve for your pedestrian accident injuries.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
Pedestrian accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. In some cases, these accidents happen when motor vehicle drivers are distracted, such as by a cell phone or other electronic device, while driving. Pedestrian accidents can also occur when drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Finally, pedestrian accidents may happen when drivers fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk or violate some other road rule.
Although pedestrian accidents often occur at traffic intersections where there are crosswalks, these accidents can happen in other places as well. Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately all too common in parking lots and parking garages, or other locations where pedestrians tend to be present.
Proving Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident Case
Injured pedestrians have the burden of proving negligence on the part of an at-fault driver in a personal injury case that is based upon a pedestrian accident. First, the accident victim has to prove that the motor vehicle driver or some other individual did something wrong and that as a result, the accident and injuries occurred.
Injuries in pedestrian accidents can be severe, especially if the pedestrian is knocked to the ground or onto another vehicle at the point of impact. Common pedestrian accident injuries include severe head injuries, broken bones, back and spinal cord injuries, and even death.
If a pedestrian accident victim is able to prove the legal elements of their claim, then the accident victim may be eligible to recover various economic and non-economic damages. In addition to pursuing monetary compensation for all medical procedures and treatment costs, the accident victim may be able to recover damages for loss of earning capacity and/or lost earnings. Pedestrian accident victims who suffer permanent injuries may also be able to recover compensation for their disabilities. In addition, accident victims could make a claim for inconvenience, emotional distress, mental anguish, pain, and suffering related to the pedestrian accident.
Speak to a Pomona Pedestrian Accident Lawyer about Your Case Today
A Pomona pedestrian accident attorney will be able to objectively review your case and determine what, if any, damages you might be eligible to pursue. Your Pomona personal injury attorney could then file an insurance claim or lawsuit on your behalf seeking monetary compensation.
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