Pedestrian Accident Attorney for Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 4,000 people die annually in pedestrian accidents across the nation. In San Diego, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents is around 150 each year. This is in addition to the hundreds of pedestrians who suffer a range of injuries. All those who use the roads of California have an obligation to drive responsibly to protect themselves and others. However, when drivers act negligently, whether by driving under the influence, failing to yield the right of way or simply not paying attention, they put everyone at the risk of sustaining catastrophic or fatal injuries. This is especially true for “vulnerable users” like pedestrians and cyclists.
Attorney Frederick M. Dudek has years of experience fighting for the rights of vulnerable users. This term describes describe pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and anyone else on or near the road who does not benefit from the protection of a vehicle’s safety features. If you have been injured due to someone else’s poor decisions on the road, or if a loved one has passed from injuries he or she sustained while traveling on foot, you and your family have a right to hold the responsible party accountable for the physical, emotional and financial recoveries you deserve. Attorney Dudek can help ensure that you have a strong voice on your side. You can call him now at (858) 530-4800.
What Should I Do If a Car Struck Me While Walking?
Whether you were hit while traveling near the road, crossing at an intersection or in a parking lot, these are all classified as pedestrian accidents. Similar to how you would act if you were driving another car and involved in a collision, you must first get medical attention. You will also need much of the same information from the driver, including:
- The name and contact information of the driver
- His or her insurance information
- Contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident
If you are unable to gather the above information due to the seriousness of your injuries, ask a relative, trusted friend or one of the police officers to help you gather this vital data. An experienced attorney can also apprise you of what your best options are moving forward.
What are Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents?
A pedestrian’s injuries can result in long-term pain and disability. The actions of a negligent driver can cause a person to suffer from:
- Punctured organs
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Personality changes
- Chronic pain
You need to find out if negligence occurred. If so, and you may need an attorney to help you determine that, you should explore all legal options.
Should I File a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
Filing a lawsuit against the responsible driver can get you compensation for the medical costs to treat these injuries. You may be able to seek recovery for the following damages:
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- The sheer pain and suffering
Your spouse and family may sustain additional damages to the loss of your economic contribution. When a pedestrian accident results in the death of a family member, the family has the ability to seek financial compensation to cover funeral costs and other expenses as well.
What If I Cannot Afford an Attorney?
In many cases, our attorney will work on your behalf on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay no attorney fees unless your case is won or settled in your favor. We believe that everyone should have justice when suffering due to someone else’s negligence.
It may feel like pursuing legal action is greedy or that you should simply accept a settlement offer from an insurance company. The truth is that it is not always that cut-and-dry. You may need help paying for the medical treatments that you need to recover from the accident or to make up for the income lost from your inability to do your current job. Attorney Dudek can help you decide on the right amount and kind of damages to pursue, Additionally, he will advocate aggressively on your behalf.
Find a San Diego Lawyer Who Handles Pedestrian Accidents
Our law firm strives to give clients the most personal and qualified legal representation for their injury claims. Because of this, we limit the number of cases we take on at one time. This ensures that you benefit from continual interaction with an attorney throughout your case. Call (858) 530-4800 to schedule a no obligation, free consultation with a pedestrian accident attorney today.