San Bernardino Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Advocating for Pedestrians Who Have Wrongfully Suffered Injuries
California is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. According to a 2020 Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report, pedestrian deaths in California jumped 12% in the first half of 2019, far above the national average increase of 3%.
Consult with a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you have been hit by a motorist. As long as you were in the road or crossing the street legally and safely, you have every right to file a pedestrian accident claim. The pedestrian accident attorneys at Vetchtein Law are advocates for justice and will fight relentlessly for the results you deserve. Pedestrians who are hit by motorists and cyclists often suffer from brain and spinal injuries, broken bones, or wrongful death.
Liability in Pedestrian Accidents
When a car, bicycle, or any other form of transportation collides with a pedestrian, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. Negligent motorists are usually the people who cause these accidents, driving through intersections or failing to stop for pedestrians crossing the street at legal crossing points. It is true that many pedestrians are responsible for these accidents due to jaywalking or stepping in front of a vehicle that cannot make a safe stop, but cases involving negligent, reckless, or drunk drivers deserve fair compensation. Our legal team can investigate your accident to determine who was responsible and collect evidence to prove liability in settlement negotiations and in court.
Common Pedestrian Accident Causes & Injuries
As we alluded to in the previous section, our firm handles pedestrian accident claims that involve pedestrians who have been injured by motorists. When a driver’s negligent behavior leads to an accident that causes injuries to an individual on foot, the driver must face the consequences of their actions. This usually consists of the at-fault driver paying damages to the accident victim to compensate for any losses.
Factors that often contribute to California pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Alcohol and drug use
- Unsafe crossings
Though such accidents are typically perpetrated by a single driver, it may be possible to hold a company or government entity responsible for your injuries. For example, if you were struck by a rideshare vehicle, you may be able to bring charges against Uber or Lyft. If poor road infrastructure or design contributed to your injuries, the City or State could be held liable.
It’s important to know who was liable for your accident so you can request damages from the correct entity. Receiving compensation for your injuries is crucial because pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Cuts, bruises, and scrapes
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord damage, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as a concussion
- Wrongful death
Retain an Aggressive San Bernardino Injury Lawyer
Our firm's legal team is always prepared to fight for a client's rights and is willing to go up against the insurance companies to advocate for your success. The firm has represented all types of injury claims and will work tirelessly on your case to obtain the best possible results. Accidents can be terrifying, but by retaining a lawyer from Vetchtein Law, you will have an outstanding support system on your side. Reach out to our firm as soon as possible for more information.
Contact our pedestrian accident lawyers today to discuss your case during a free legal consultation.