Were you injured in a pedestrian accident? Let a California pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm help you identify the liable party and sue them on your behalf for a fair amount of compensation.
The compensation you get through a lawsuit can make your life easier by covering medical bills, and making up for the income you can no longer earn. In addition, you could rest easier knowing that you have helped to hold the liable party accountable for their negligence.
Our Pedestrian Accident Team Wants to Help
Since you only have two years to file a pedestrian accident lawsuit per CCP §335.1, it is in your best interest to “get the ball rolling” as soon as possible. A good first step is to get in touch with Greenberg Gross so we can:
- Evaluate your case at no charge or obligation to you and determine if you have a viable case;
- Start collecting evidence that could support your case, such as police reports, medical records, and witness statements;
- Determine who the liable party is and how much of your damages their insurance company should pay;
- Contact the liable party’s insurer and ask them to either pay what you are asking for or to come to the negotiating table in good faith;
- Take the at-fault party to court if necessary and present your case in a way that might persuade a jury to award you the money you need;
- Deal with all paperwork on your behalf, such as filling out forms or preparing the settlement agreement.
Our team does more than just speak to others on your behalf. We make sure you are comfortable with and knowledgeable about your case by:
- Contacting you with case updates on a regular basis
- Responding promptly to your queries and concerns
- Making sure you understand your rights and responsibilities
- Advising you about the pros and cons of each possible course of action
- Charging no attorneys’ fees until you receive your money
We Can Pursue Pedestrian Accident Damages
There are many different kinds of compensation you may qualify for after a pedestrian accident. It is vital that you accurately calculate how much you are entitled to before filing your lawsuit so that you:
- Do not neglect to ask for something you deserve
- Recover enough money to cover both present and future expenses, and present and future suffering (you cannot file another suit for additional money later)
- Hold the at-fault party responsible for the damage they caused
Here are a few examples of the damages you could qualify for:
- Pain and suffering: Did you suffer serious physical injuries that negatively impacted your health? Were you traumatized by the accident itself?
- Medical expenses: Did you require (or will you require in the future) treatment to manage your injuries, save your life, or improve your quality of life?
- Loss of reputation: Was the accident embarrassing for you? Did it affect the way your family or community thinks about you or your abilities?
- Loss of wages: Were your injuries serious enough that you had to stay home from work and forego your usual income as you recuperated?
- Reduced quality of life: Are you no longer able to complete basic tasks on your own or participate in hobbies you enjoy?
- Loss of earning capacity: Will your injuries permanently impact your career? Do you need to reduce working hours, find a new line of work, or retire early?
- Disability: Do your injuries curtail your range of physical or mental abilities?
- Miscellaneous expenses: Have you had to spend money on things you normally would not, such as a babysitter or a gardener?
Calculating Your Damages
We may use different methods for determining how much compensation you deserve, depending on what types of compensation we seek. For example, we can calculate economic damages—in other words, the money you lost—by looking at receipts, bills, paystubs, statements from your employer, and other paperwork that proves the accident has worsened your financial situation.
Non-economic damages—or your injuries themselves—are more complex. We can collect medical records, testimony from you and your loved ones, and photos of your injuries to indirectly prove the physical and emotional pain you have gone through.
Liable Parties in Pedestrian Accidents
Who can you sue after a pedestrian accident? Until you know the answer to this question, you cannot file a lawsuit for compensation. A California lawyer from Greenberg Gross can help you figure out who you should target in your suit. The liable party may be one or more of the following:
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) states that drivers may increase their risk of hitting a pedestrian by:
- Driving too fast
- Ignoring traffic signals, lights, or signs
- Drinking and driving
- Not keeping an eye out for pedestrians, especially children
While you can sometimes compensate for a careless driver by remaining alert and checking for oncoming traffic before entering the roadway, this is not always enough. It is not your fault if a reckless driver hits you, and they should pay for the damage they inflicted.
If the car that hit you malfunctioned due to a defective part (e.g., the brakes, the tires, or the steering column), you may have a case against the company that manufactured that part.
We depend on maintenance workers to keep both our vehicles and our roadways in good working order. When such a worker neglects to do their job properly, they increase the risk of an accident by:
- Allowing drivers to operate unsafe vehicles
- Leaving broken traffic lights or fallen street signs unfixed, potentially causing confusion among motorists and pedestrians
- Not picking up fallen branches, loose debris, and other hazards on the road
Greenberg Gross Help Clients Throughout California
Greenberg Gross has spent the past decade assisting survivors of California pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury accidents. A lawyer from our team is here to champion your rights.
When you are ready to learn more about your rights and legal options, contact us for a free case review.