Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Walnut Creek, CA

The days and weeks following an accident are often scary. You might not even know how long it will take to recover from your injuries, let alone how you will take care of financial matters. At Pocklington Law Offices, we believe that you should never have to pay for someone else’s negligence. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation to all our prospective clients.

Contact us to schedule an appointment, and let us answer any questions while reviewing the specifics of your case. If we believe you have legal grounds for a pedestrian lawsuit, we’ll offer our services on a contingency-fee basis. To set up your risk-free case evaluation, call us at (925) 295-1304.

Pedestrian Accident Attorney Walnut Creek

Pedestrian accidents represent only a small portion of motor vehicle accidents, but the results are often catastrophic. Victims of pedestrian accidents may face serious or permanently disabling injuries that keep them from their livelihoods and are expensive to manage. Thankfully, California law provides recourse to victims of pedestrian injury in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. If you believe that someone else is legally responsible for your recent injuries, it’s helpful to understand your legal options – and when to contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.

California Pedestrian Accidents

California has a dubious honor of leading the nation in pedestrian-related injury and death. In 2015, around 700 people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents throughout the state, and nearly a quarter of all motor vehicle-related fatalities were pedestrians.

There are several different types of pedestrian accidents, but some are more common than others, including:

  • Hit and runs. These incidents are unfortunately common, as drivers may panic when they strike a pedestrian and flee the scene. While the increase of traffic cameras and surveillance maximizes the chances of finding the culprit, victims of hit and run accidents may have a more difficult time securing compensation for their injuries.
  • Intersection accidents. One of the most common scenarios involving pedestrian injury occurs with intersections. There are a lot of factors that may lead to an accident. Vehicles are turning and changing lanes, and drivers may be distracted by their phones or other hazards,
  • Back over accidents. These occur when a driver accidentally runs into a pedestrian when in reverse. While not as common, they can still be serious. Statistically, these accidents are most likely to occur in parking structures, driveways, and parking lots.
  • Crush accidents. These accidents are rare, but are often devastating. They occur when a pedestrian becomes caught between two vehicles or between a vehicle and a landmark in a head-on crash. Crushing injuries are often fatal or lead to permanently disabling injury.

Likewise, pedestrian injuries may vary widely in scope. However, some of the most common include:

  • Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries. The force of an impact can bruise the spinal cord, which can lead to a permanently disabling injury. In less severe cases, trauma can lead to concussions, which require immediate and careful medical attention.
  • Fractures. Since pedestrians are so outmatched by vehicles, it’s common for victims to suffer broken bones and ribs, even at lower speeds. In some cases, fractured ribs can lead to lung punctures and other life-threatening complications.
  •  Soft tissue injuries. Often, pedestrian crashes create severe bruising and contusions, which can affect the extremities or the internal organs. Internal bleeding can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.
  • Catastrophic injury. Lastly, pedestrian accidents can result in legal catastrophic injuries. We use this term to describe any injury that leads to permanent or long-term hardship. Forms handicap and total or partial paralysis fall into this category.

Types of Damages in Pedestrian Accidents

Accidents involving pedestrians often lead to serious injury. As such, the medical treatment and rehabilitation process is often expensive. Victims of these crashes often must miss weeks or months of work – if they can even return to work at all. A personal injury lawsuit can help pedestrians seek compensation for their injuries and lost wages, which helps address the financial ramifications of being in an accident. Under California law, victims may seek compensation for the following types of damages:

  • Economic damages. These include the costs of medical care and ongoing rehabilitation and therapy, as well as lost wages and any loss in earning capacity.
  • General damages. These address the immaterial losses of an accident. Examples include pain, suffering, loss in life quality, or mental anguish.

In some cases, like those involving gross negligence, you may be able to collect “punitive damages.” These exist to punish the defendant for wanton conduct and serve as an example for others. Your personal injury attorney may seek these damages if it’s determined that you have legal grounds for them.

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