A large majority of pedestrians struck by cars do not walk away from the accident. In fact, three in every four pedestrians will suffer an injury. The faster the car is traveling, the more of a chance that the injury will be fatal. If the car is going faster than 40 MPH, the pedestrian will almost always suffer fatal injuries in the crash.
Even pedestrians who survive these accidents may suffer severe and debilitating injuries. Not only will they incur significant medical costs, but they may never be the same again. In the meantime, they may have to give up working and hobbies that they previously enjoyed. When someone else is responsible for the accident, that party should pay for all of these damages, and victims should seek help from an experienced San Bernardino pedestrian accident attorney.
Your Pedestrian Accident Attorney Tells Your Story
Proving fault in a pedestrian accident requires an attorney who can gather facts and evidence to support your side of the story. This is difficult for someone who has been injured to do on their own. In every pedestrian accident case, each party may claim that the other did not exercise reasonable care. The driver may try to argue that the pedestrian caused their own accident. Insurance companies may stop at nothing to protect themselves from liability.
Many California pedestrian accidents happen in a crosswalk. Here, the pedestrian has the right of way that the driver must respect. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk should be enough to find the driver negligent. The closer legal issue may occur when the pedestrian is crossing outside of a crosswalk or intersection. Never assume that you cannot try to seek compensation for your injuries based on where the accident happened. Always consult a pedestrian accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
Why You Need a Lawyer After Your Accident
Many things may happen after you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident. Nearly all of these will not be anything that you are in a condition to handle. This could include:
- Insurance companies may be calling to pressure you about the claim.
- Witnesses will need to be interviewed to prove liability.
- If liability is proven, the amount of the settlement will need to be negotiated
- Medical providers may bill for payment for your care.
As you can see, this is a difficult process that requires the help of an experienced lawyer. When you are dealing with the serious injuries involved, the amount of compensation may be higher, and it is vital to have someone who knows what your claim is worth. You can rest assured that the insurance company has this knowledge. Otherwise, you may be at risk of settling your claim for too little, and this is your one chance to recover.
Call a San Bernardino Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Call the knowledgeable San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at The JLF Firm today at (888) 341-3071 or send us a message to schedule your free initial consultation. Take the first step towards the financial compensation that you deserve.
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