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Pedestrian Accidents

Inland Empire Personal Injury Attorneys Represent Injured Pedestrians

CA Accident Lawyers Seek Justice for Those Hit by Cars and Other Vehicles

When you walk around your neighborhood, you expect to be safe. Crosswalks, stop signs, and traffic signals all help to protect you from vehicles in the roadway. Unfortunately, sometimes drivers ignore red lights or don’t stop at crosswalks. Pedestrian collisions remain a serious safety problem. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) reports that approximately 14,000 pedestrians are injured and 890 are killed in motor vehicle collisions in our state each year. When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, their fragile bodies can sustain substantial physical harm. 

At the Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C., our Inland Empire pedestrian accident attorney is an experienced, justice-driven advocate for injured victims. Pedestrian accidents can lead to serious injuries. We provide aggressive legal representation to injured pedestrians and their families. If you or your loved one was hurt in a pedestrian crash, we may be able to help. Give us a call at (888) 883-6588 or connect with us here for a free, no-obligation initial consultation

Causes of Inland Empire Accidents Involving Pedestrians

Pedestrians can be hurt nearly anywhere that people walk. From driveways and parking lots to sidewalks and crosswalks, there is always a possibility of danger. Drivers of cars, motorcycles, buses, and trucks often hit pedestrians. While these crashes can happen for a wide range of different reasons, most pedestrian collisions share an important commonality: They could have been prevented with proper safety care. Some of the most common reasons for these accidents include.

  • Distracted Drivers: Drivers cannot pay full attention to the road when they are using a cell phone or any other electronic device. They may also be distracted by passengers, food, or even the button on a car radio.
  • Fatigued Drivers: Drowsy driving is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving and results in drivers who aren’t fully focused on the road or the pedestrians in front of them.
  • Intoxicated Drivers: The use of alcohol or other intoxicants by drivers frequently leads to serious or deadly accidents.
  • Negligence: Drivers often speed, disregard traffic laws, or otherwise operate their vehicles recklessly. In these cases, they may be found to be negligent under the law.

California is a Fault-Based Pedestrian Accident State

In California, liability for a pedestrian collision is based on fault. Our law firm holds all drivers accountable for their dangerous behavior and helps victims of pedestrian accidents get justice. To hold a negligent driver or any other negligent party legally liable for a pedestrian accident, you will need comprehensive, compelling evidence that establishes the defendant’s negligence. Our Inland Empire pedestrian accident lawyer is standing by, ready to conduct a detailed-focused investigation of your collision.  

A Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accident Claims

Injured pedestrians have a limited amount of time to file a legal claim. Under California state law, a pedestrian accident injury claim must be initiated within two years of the incident. This law is known as the state’s statute of limitations. Do not wait to get started on your case: Call an experienced Inland Empire pedestrian accident attorney, we may be able to help. 

Understanding Pedestrian Injuries

Those injured in hit-and-runs and other pedestrian accidents may suffer a variety of serious injuries. No matter the specific nature or severity of your injuries, it is essential that you get proper medical care. Some of the most common injuries reported in pedestrian collisions include: 

  • Lacerations: Pedestrian accidents can cause cuts, lacerations, scrapes, and other types of disfiguring skin injuries. In many cases, these injuries are quite severe. They may require stitches or other types of medical attention. 
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Soft tissue damage—from muscle injuries to torn ligaments to whiplash—can be debilitating. A pedestrian who sustained any type of soft tissue injury requires immediate medical care. 
  • Broken Bones: Broken bones are common, as are injuries to the hands, feet, back, and neck. A broken or fractured bone is a serious condition that always requires immediate medical attention from a qualified doctor.
  • Brain Injuries: Many pedestrians hit their heads during accidents. The head may impact a vehicle, the road, or other surfaces. Traumatic brain injuries come in many forms and can range from minor concussions to serious and debilitating forms of brain damage. Many serious head injuries result in coma or death. 
  • Spinal Cord Damage: There is no such thing as a minor spinal cord injury. Spinal cord damage can result in severe and even permanent injuries. 

We are qualified to handle all types of pedestrian accident injury claims. At the Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C., our Inland Empire injury attorneys may aggressively pursue justice through wrongful death lawsuits for families who have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident. Dedicated personal injury litigators help injured pedestrians understand their rights under CA law and work hard to get them justice.

Getting Justice After an Accident

Pedestrians may be able to recover their medical expenses from their own insurance company or the insurer of a family member. Pedestrians may recover from the driver who was at fault or that driver’s insurer. Victims who have suffered serious injuries may be able to recover damages in a lawsuit. Our talented Inland Empire pedestrian lawyer has the skills and professional experience to help you maximize your settlement or verdict. You may be entitled to recover compensation for: 

  • The cost of medical expenses
  • Lost past wages and loss of earning capacity
  • Compensation for mental anguish and physical pain
  • Punitive damages (may be available when the driver was intoxicated.)

If You or a Loved One Has Been Hit by a Car, Call Us Today

At the Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C., we provide vigorous and persuasive representation to injured pedestrians and victims of hit-and-run accidents. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to the negligence of a driver, we may be able to help. Call us at (888) 883-6588 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. With law offices in Orange and Corona, we represent injured pedestrians in Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and throughout the region.  

Disclaimer: No outcome can be guaranteed in a personal injury claim. This website is for informational purposes and no attorney-client relationship has been created.

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