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Injured While Walking? Call for a Consultation.
Although walking is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the California weather, pedestrians are at risk of being seriously injured or killed if struck by a vehicle. In fact, the Governors Highway Safety Association reports about 700 deaths in California each year.
Pedestrian Accidents Can Cause Devastating Injuries
Pedestrians are completely exposed and unprotected, while drivers in vehicles have seat belts, airbags, and the frame of the car to protect them from injuries. As a result, the pedestrian often sustains severe and catastrophic injuries.
Pedestrian accidents may cause injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, broken bones, torn ligaments, severe lacerations, and nerve damage. In especially tragic cases, these injuries can be fatal.
Determining Liability in a Pedestrian Accident
In order to be successful in your personal injury claim, determining who is at fault is essential. The law is designed to protect pedestrians, and drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing at a crosswalk or intersection.
Our Newport Beach pedestrian accident lawyers have represented clients in many pedestrian accident cases, and we use our experience and knowledge to effectively demonstrate negligence.
Examples of driver negligence may include:
- Failing to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk
- Reckless driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Exceeding the posted speed limit
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Using a cell phone or electronic device while driving
The law allows up to two years to file a lawsuit, but we recommend that you do not wait to contact us. Our pedestrian accident law firm will investigate your case, examine photographs of the scene, gather witness statements, police reports, medical records, and other evidence to show liability on the part of the driver and the damages that resulted from the accident.
Contacting us early in the process allows us to preserve evidence and prepare your case.
What Damages Can I Receive Compensation For?When your injury is caused by the actions or negligence of another person, you can take legal action to recover costs resulting from your injury. We represent clients seeking damages for the following:
Past and future medical bills:Oftentimes medical bills can extend far beyond the individual's initial accident. The victim may require extended hospital stays, operations, and even regular checkups during their recovery process. If you were injured due to someone else's negligence, we will fight to ensure that you receive compensation for these expenses.
Rehabilitation:For injuries resulting in long-term side effects, it is important for the victim to be able to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation, rather than worrying about how they will pay for their recovery process.
Lost income:Most serious accidents will be accompanied by significant amount of time off of work. If someone else's negligence has rendered you unable to work, they should be held responsible for your loss of income during that time.
Mental anguish:Mental anguish can include various forms of depression and anxiety that someone may experience as a result of their accident, or even the loss of someone close to them.
Physical pain and suffering:This type of compensation can be pursued in regards to the physical injuries a victim has experienced and the pain and suffering that those injuries have caused them.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?Under California’s personal injury statute of limitations, you generally have two years from the date of your injury to file a civil lawsuit in court against the responsible party. If the at-fault party is a government agency, you have an even tighter deadline of six months. If you do not seek legal action within this timeframe, the court will likely refuse to hear your case at any time to the future and you will lose your right to seek compensation. These deadlines can sometimes be extended under specific circumstances, such as if the injured party is a minor, the injury or the cause of the injury was not immediately apparent, or the injured individual suffers mental or physical incapacitation due to the injury. Regardless, if you are unsure how the statute of limitations applies to your case, it is important that you get an attorney involved promptly to guard your legal rights.
If I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer, Will I Have to Go to Court?While going to court is certainly a possibility, many personal injury claims are settled out of court through negotiations between your attorney and the responsible party’s insurance company. A trial may only be necessary if these negotiations should fail, such as in circumstances where fault is disputed or if there is a disagreement over the value of your claim. Our attorneys prepare each case as if it were going to trial to give us the best positioning possible during settlement negotiations.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?Your case could take several months or even years to settle depending on the situation. The timeline of your case will vary depending on factors such as the severity of your injuries, the amount of medical treatment you need, complications of liability, and the level of cooperation of the responsible party’s insurance company.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?Your case’s value will be based on factors such as the severity and long-term impact of your injuries, the amount of medical treatment you need, the strength of evidence proving the other party’s liability, and the amount of insurance coverage available in your case. It is best to discuss your case with a skilled attorney to get a more accurate picture of your case’s potential value.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Manning Law, APC?Manning Law, APC accepts all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front costs for you. We only get paid if we are successful in your case.
How Do I Know Manning Law, Apc Is Right for My Case?Manning Law, APC offers free consultations, works on contingency, and has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of past clients. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we have what it takes to maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.
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