Over a thousand pedestrian are killed or injured by motor vehicles every year in California. While it is true many pedestrian accident victims are able to return to their normal lives very quickly, these accidents can also cause very serious injuries and wrongful death, in some cases. Pedestrians and motorists have to follow the same rules of the road under California law. At our law firm, we take these injuries seriously because these injuries seriously affect our injured clients' lives. Our team of experienced attorneys and legal support staff work closely with clients to help them achieve the best possible results in settlements with insurance companies or trials in the courtroom. The legal process with pedestrian accidents can be complicated because California law allows "apportionment of fault" between the parties if one party is not 100% at fault.
If You Have Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident in California
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, your first priority should be getting the medical attention you need. Sometimes people put off going to the doctor because they are too busy or they believe they cannot afford it. However, this is a big mistake. Not only will the insurance company hold this against you, but pedestrian accidents are often more serious than they first appear. What seems like a small, soft tissue injuries can actually be something more serious, and sometimes, the injuries result in a surgical intervention. Tiredness and confusion can be signs of a brain injury (concussion). Numbness and tingling can be signs of nerve damage too. It is always better to be safe than sorry, thus you should seek medical help as soon as possible. If, by chance, you believe that you cannot afford the medical attention you need after a pedestrian accident, our law firm can help. We have access to a network of reputable doctors who can sometimes delay payment until after your case has settled.