Simi Valley is a beautiful place for traveling by foot. Unfortunately, as a pedestrian, you are physically at your most vulnerable when crossing streets or even standing on sidewalks. Motorists owe pedestrians a special duty of care because of your vulnerability on the roads. Anyone who failed to provide that duty of care should be held liable for your physical, personal, and financial losses.
Our lawyers are here to fight for your rights if you or a loved one has been injured, or tragically passed away, in a pedestrian accident. At Greenberg Gross, we believe in advocacy for every client who walks through our door. That means more than just handling the legal process. We aim to fight for you and your family as individuals because you deserve representation that accounts for your unique needs.
The Compensation You Are Due When in an Accident
As a pedestrian, even bicyclists can cause significant harm if they crash into you. It’s critical to your well-being now and in the future to recover a full and fair settlement or judgment for your losses. Such compensation may cover:
Medical costs begin adding up the day you’re injured and can be a recurring expense for months or even years, depending on the extent of your injuries. Costs may include such items as surgery, hospital stays, specialists, prescriptions, in-home care, short-term or long-term care in a facility, rehab, medical devices or equipment, and estimated future expenses.
Any personal property damaged during the accident will need to be repaired or replaced, or you may receive compensation for the loss.
Reduced or Lost Income
If you are unable to work during your recovery, you may receive compensation for your lost wages. If the accident leaves you unable to work at your previous job and you have to take a lower-paying position, the difference in wages may be compensable. Should your injuries be severe, leaving you unable to ever work again, loss of current and future earnings may be recoverable.
General or Noneconomic Damages
In California, you may be entitled to recover noneconomic damages for losses you’ve suffered that don’t have a specific out-of-pocket dollar amount associated with them, such as:
- Pain and suffering experienced during and after the accident
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Loss of mobility and independence
- Reduced quality of life
- Anxiety and depression
Our pedestrian accident attorneys will discuss the various types of compensation with you to explain what may or may not apply in your case.
Loss of a Loved One
If you have lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident, your loved one’s family or estate may be able to recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial
- Medical costs incurred prior to death
- Property damage
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of consortium
It is recognized that no amount of compensation will return your life to as it was the moment before the accident, but compensation can help stop the financial drain an accident may inflict.
Greenberg Gross Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Simi Valley
If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, our knowledgeable attorneys will work by your side in the pursuit of an appropriate settlement or verdict. Our actions on your behalf may include:
- Independent investigation of the accident
- Expert-led reconstruction of events
- Collection of eyewitness statements
- Compilation of police and medical reports
- Assembly of visual data from CCTV, onlookers, and others present at the scene
- Communication with insurance companies and other invested parties
- Negotiations with insurance companies
- Preparation for trial
- Representation in court
Our law firm believes in the rights of the individual. Your case is important to us—as important as it is to you. We are empathetically involved and fiercely invested in working toward the best possible outcome for you.
We invite each client to take that first step and share their story during a free initial consultation. Should a partnership evolve, you pay no attorneys’ fees until we recover your financial award.
Statute of Limitations on Filing a Lawsuit for a Pedestrian Accident
The process of filing a claim with an insurance company and negotiating a settlement takes time. If a settlement cannot be reached, be aware that you normally only have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, which is the next logical step after a failed negotiation. If a government entity is involved, the deadlines are much shorter to bring a claim.
It’s to your benefit to keep things moving toward the recovery of compensation. If too much time passes, witnesses’ memories may falter and evidence from the day of the accident may degrade.
When a Pedestrian is At-Fault for an Accident
California is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that if, for instance, a pedestrian ignores the law and crosses the street when they do not have the right-of-way, they may be partially at fault.
If the court decides the pedestrian was 20% at fault and the driver 80%, then the compensation recovered by the pedestrian would be 20% less than the awarded amount. If the court awarded the pedestrian $100,000, the pedestrian would receive $80,000.
This area of compensation can be murky. During your initial consultation with our attorneys, we can discuss how this might impact your case. Even if you think you may share fault for the accident, we’d like to discuss how we can support your case and fight for you to receive a just percentage of the fault.
Secure Your Simi Valley Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
Reach out to our pedestrian accident attorneys today. Schedule your free initial consultation and share your story with us. We want to hear what happened to you and answer your questions. Our staff cares about you and your family. We want to help you pursue appropriate compensation that will help you and your loved ones move forward.