San Jose Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Whether you walk for fun, exercise, or transportation, you look out for yourself and take proper precautions to avoid being involved in a pedestrian accident. Unfortunately, data compiled in the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System reveals that motorists do not have your safety in mind while driving. Every year, there are more than 850 people killed and almost 13,600 individuals injured while traveling on foot in California. Due to the size of a motorized vehicle and lack of a protective barrier for the pedestrian, the losses for victims can be devastating.
It may come as some relief to know that you have legal remedies if you were hurt or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident. Our attorneys at the Solution Now Law Firm can explain your options and assist in pursuing compensation for your losses, so please contact us to set up a no-cost consultation today. A San Jose pedestrian accident lawyer can advise you on the details, but an overview may also be useful.
Negligent Motorists Put Pedestrians at Risk
Drivers are required to exercise reasonable care when operating a vehicle, and this duty extends to all road users. When a motorist breaches this legal obligation through careless misconduct and causes a pedestrian accident, the victim may be entitled to recover compensation. You might gain a better understanding of the concept of negligence by reviewing some of the most common forms of negligence by drivers, such as:
- Drunk or drugged driving;
- Failing to yield right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, intersection, sidewalk, or shoulder;
- Running a red light or stop sign;
- Distracted driving, including texting or talking on the phone; and,
- Many others.
Your Rights as an Injured Victim
The legal process for a pedestrian accident is similar to other traffic-related incidents, so your first step is filing a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company. In some cases, it may be possible to reach a settlement agreement to resolve your claim. However, insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Your claim represents a loss, so the insurer will try to find ways to avoid paying it. When the insurance company refuses to settle for a fair amount, your next step is filing a lawsuit in court.
Our lawyers at the Solution Now Law Firm are aggressive in dealing with insurers, but we are equally prepared to advocate on your behalf during the litigation process. We will pursue all forms of compensation available under your circumstances, including:
- Medical bills, including costs for hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, and other treatment;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Diminished quality of life; and,
- Losses that impact your personal relationships.
Consult with a San Jose Pedestrian Accident Attorney for Free
If you were injured or lost a loved one because of a motorist’s negligence, please contact the Solution Now Law Firm at 408-256-2871 or via our website. We are happy to schedule a free case evaluation with a San Jose pedestrian accidents lawyer who can review your circumstances and explain your legal options.