Pedestrian accidents are potentially devastating events. If the driver who hit you was not exercising proper care and caution, they may owe you damages to help you pay medical bills and to compensate you for your injuries.
If you have suffered unnecessarily due to a pedestrian collision, one of our San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyers can help you pursue appropriate compensation. We offer free case reviews and never charge attorneys’ fees until you have received your money.
Your Rights as a Pedestrian Accident Survivor
Anyone who suffers a personal injury due to another party’s negligence has the right to file a lawsuit for monetary compensation. Just as importantly, you have the right to hire an attorney to help you do this.
Our team strives to make the legal process less stressful and more accessible to accident survivors. We can do this by taking the following steps:
- Assessing your case: Everyone who calls our office can get a risk-free evaluation at no charge, even if you ultimately decide not to hire our firm.
- Investigating the accident: Our team can talk to witnesses and experts, review documentation like medical records, visit the accident scene, and more.
- Fighting for compensation: Whether we have to negotiate with an insurance company or present your case in court before a jury, we can figure out which path is best for you and guide you along from beginning to end.
- Managing communications: Lawsuits require you to stay in touch with the liable party, their insurance company, and their legal representatives—and to watch what you say around them. We can do the talking to protect your rights.
- Answering your questions: In addition to providing regular updates on your case’s progress, we are available to address client concerns at any time.
Since 2013, Greenberg Gross has been helping clients by fighting for financial recovery on their behalf. This gives them more time to recover physically and mentally from the accident.
Our Lawyers Can Seek Compensation for You
If your pedestrian accident happened in San Francisco, then California state law allows you to seek compensation for many different kinds of losses. After investigating your case, a lawyer from our office can determine which of the following types of damages you may qualify for.
Compensation for Financial Losses
Also called economic damages, compensation for financial losses may apply in your case if:
- You had to see any sort of medical professional to save your life, treat symptoms, or prevent your condition from worsening.
- You lost any valuable or important personal property (e.g., a laptop or cell phone) in the accident.
- You are temporarily or permanently unable to work as much as you used to, putting financial strain on you and your family.
- You had to hire someone to take care of things you used to do independently, such as mowing the lawn or walking the dog.
In short, if you have suffered monetarily due to the accident, you can ask the at-fault party to reimburse you for those losses. It may be a good idea for you to save any bills or receipts you have received due to the accident, as these can serve as crucial evidence during a lawsuit.
Compensation for Bodily Injuries
Non-economic damages are another name for this kind of compensation. They provide reimbursement for:
- The physical pain of the injuries
- The emotional pain and trauma of sustaining and living with the injuries
- Loss of independence or mobility
- Inability to engage in enjoyable activities or connect with loved ones
- Severe scar tissue
- Mental illnesses stemming from or worsened by the accident
While these types of injuries do not generally leave the same type of “paper trail” as economic damages, non-economic damages are just as important to consider when you are filing a lawsuit.
Our team can help you calculate the compensation you should ask for based on the severity, permanence, and impact of your injuries.
Who to Sue for a Pedestrian Accident
If you were hit by a car, then suing the car driver may seem like the obvious solution. In many cases, this instinct is correct: drivers can cause accidents through all sorts of negligent behaviors, including:
- Driving drunk
- Driving while distracted (e.g., texting and driving)
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Ignoring traffic lights or signs
That said, it is important to recognize that not every accident happens in the same way. Sometimes, a negligent driver shares responsibility with another party, and other times, the driver is not negligent at all.
To get the compensation you need, you must first correctly identify and collect evidence against the at-fault party. Greenberg Gross can either confirm or rule out the presence of at-fault parties such as:
- The driver
- A mechanic or maintenance team
- A local government agency
- The driver’s employer
- A car or auto part manufacturer
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Regardless of the liable party’s identity, you will probably not be seeking compensation from them directly. Rather, you have to persuade their insurance company to pay what you deserve.
Insurance company representatives can be difficult to deal with. They may make all sorts of requests, demands, and accusations, including:
- Asking to speak with you about the crash and to record your statement
- Requesting evidence pertaining to the accident
- Claiming you are partly or totally responsible for the collision
- Downplaying your injuries or claiming they were caused by something other than their client’s actions
- Refusing to acknowledge your claim or to negotiate for a fair settlement
- Pushing you to accept an unfair settlement right away
While the insurer has a legal right and responsibility to investigate your accident, you have the right to protect yourself by hiring an attorney. Greenberg Gross makes sure that the insurance companies and everyone else treat our clients fairly.
We Can Evaluate Your Pedestrian Accident Case
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that over 14,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents throughout the state in 2019. If you have suffered due to a pedestrian accident, let our lawyers manage your San Francisco case. At Greenberg Gross, we fight hard for the justice and compensation our clients deserve.