Discovering Liability After A Pedestrian Injury
A pedestrian is vulnerable to many hazards. Injuries are often serious after a collision with a motor vehicle or a trip-and-fall accident. If you are recovering from an accident that occurred when you were on foot, get prompt legal advice. An early investigation can uncover evidence that you will need to pursue compensation.
Our legal team at Licata & Yeremenko is ready to support you after your pedestrian accident or after losing a loved one in a fatality. We have a great deal of experience as well as resources to devote to a thorough investigation. Our goal will be to help you cover your medical bills, lost wage replacement, and pain and suffering. A key part of the legal process will be to prove who caused the accident. We will work hard to hold the negligent party or parties responsible.
About Foot Traffic Accidents
For many reasons, statistics have shown an increase in the number of pedestrian accidents in California and elsewhere in recent years.
In California, motorists have a duty to drive with care for the safety of others on city, county and state roadways. Pedestrian accidents often happen when people are walking on the sides of roads or are crossing highways or local roads. Typical causes include:
- The use of vehicles, such as SUVs, with poor visibility
- Distracted driving, including the use of cellphones and GPS devices by many drivers
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs (DUI)
- Disregard by both drivers and pedestrians of traffic lights and signs
- Collisions with bicycles when pedestrians walk on beach bicycle paths
When there are marked crosswalks, drivers are expected to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. There is an understanding that drivers have a responsibility to watch out for pedestrians at cross-walks. The driver of a car or truck has a much greater capacity to cause serious injury to a pedestrian than the other way around.
Besides accidents involving motor vehicles, pedestrian accidents may happen as trip-and-fall incidents, encounters with vicious dogs and other dangers. In all cases, if an injured pedestrian needs medical care, legal advice can be critical. At Licata & Yeremenko, we conduct prompt and thorough investigations to build strong claims and lawsuits on behalf of our clients.
We Will Not Settle For Less Than Our Best Efforts For Your Sake
If our attorneys represent you, we will work to verify which driver, property owner, bicyclist or dog owner should compensate you for your losses. If necessary, after a hit-and-run accident, we can help you go after sources of relief such as your own auto insurance uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage.
To schedule a free consultation with a Southern California personal injury lawyer, call 818-783-5757 or email us. We provide Spanish and Russian bilingual services as needed.