LGBT Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in California

California LGBT Pedestrian Accident Attorneys | Pride LegalPedestrian accidents comprise a large portion of car accident injuries. The U.S. alone averages 6,000 pedestrian deaths per year, the majority of which occur in big cities. 

70% of pedestrian accidents occur outside of crosswalks and intersections. Drivers and pedestrians are often distracted by their mobile devices, leaving them unaware of their surroundings and vulnerable to potential accidents. Pedestrians are often struck by moving vehicles when jaywalking, or when looking down at their mobile devices and not paying attention to their surroundings. 

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, consult Pride Legal’s network of independent LGBT Pedestrian Attorneys today. We’re here to help.

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

In the event of an accident, a pedestrian does not share the same protection as a car driver. Cars offer seatbelts, airbags, cushions, steel reinforcement, brakes, and other safety equipment that protect drivers in the case of an accident. Pedestrians, on the other hand, do not have anything protecting them from injury. Minor car accidents can leave pedestrians severely injured, and in often cases, deceased. 

If you have been in a pedestrian accident, you may suffer from some of the following injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Broken ribs
  • Coma
  • Concussions
  • CRPS
  • Crushing injuries
  • Death
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Dislocated shoulders
  • Head injuries
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lacerations and abrasions
  • Neck damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Quadriplegia
  • Severed limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Torn muscles and ligaments
  • Traumatic brain injuries

After you have been struck by a vehicle, you may not feel pain. This is due to the rush of adrenaline your body produces in catastrophic events. Regardless of if you feel pain after your accident, you must seek medical treatment immediately. Serious complications may arise if you fail to receive medical evaluation and treatment. Medical documents also serve as strong evidence in personal injury cases. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, consult a Pride Legal LGBT Pedestrian Accident Attorney today.

5 Steps to Take After A Pedestrian Accident

Take Photos

It is imperative to take clear photos of your injuries, the scene of the incident, and any other clues that may strengthen your case.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you may not feel pain after immediately your injury, you should consult a doctor immediately. If left untreated, your injuries can severely worsen and harm you further. Follow your doctor’s treatment plan to ensure you have a steady recovery. 

Gather Witnesses

Eyewitness testimonies are often the most crucial evidence in pedestrian accident settlements. With a third-party testimony, your case may be strengthened. Gather contact information from all eyewitnesses of the incident. If available, gather surveillance footage as well.

Keep a Journal

Write down all the information you can remember from the incident. In the time following the incident, keep a record of your pain, discomfort, and overall health. This can be used as evidence to strengthen your case.

Consult an Attorney

Due to the complexity of California’s personal injury laws, hiring an experienced, LGBT-friendly Pride Legal Pedestrian Accident Attorney is crucial. Your LGBT Pedestrian Accident Lawyer will reach the maximum compensation for your injuries and get you on the road to recovery. 

Basis of a Claim

In order to win your pedestrian accident case, you must prove that another party’s negligence caused your injuries. To have a viable personal injury claim, you must prove the following:

  • The opposing party owed you a duty of care. For example, all drivers must stop at stop signs.
  • The opposing party breached the duty of care. For example, Joseph sped through a stop sign. 
  • The breach of duty caused an accident. For example, Joseph hit Casey, a pedestrian crossing the street.
  • The accident caused you physical harm. Casey broke her leg as a result of the accident.
  • Without documented injuries, it is difficult to win a pedestrian accident case. If you suffered injuries (no matter how severe or minor) because of another party’s negligence, you have a viable personal injury claim. In this case, Casey has a viable personal injury claim.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, consult Pride Legal’s network of independent LGBT Pedestrian Attorneys today. We’re here to help.

The Value of Your Pedestrian Accident Case

The value of a pedestrian accident case depends on many factors. You may receive compensation based on the following factors:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • The injuries’ effect on your everyday life
  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost Wages
  • Future loss of income
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages (Although compensation for punitive damages is rare, they are feasible in personal injury cases. Punitive damages serve as punishment to the liable party for malicious or intentional torts.)

The value of your pedestrian accident case is dependent upon the severity of your injuries. For example, an individual who suffered from a traumatic brain injury would be more likely to receive greater financial compensation than an individual who suffered a broken wrist. Consult a Pride Legal LGBT Pedestrian Accident Lawyer to assess your case.

Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accidents

A statute of limitations stares the amount of time you have to file a case from the date of incidence. In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is 2 years. This statute of limitations is specifically placed on “An action for assault, battery, or injury to, or for the death of, an individual caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another.” 

There are few exceptions that will extend a claim’s statutory deadline past 2 years. A California court may extend the statutory deadline under the following circumstances:

  • The victim is physically or mentally incapacitated as a result of the injury
  • The victim is under the age of 18. (Under this circumstance, the statutory deadline will commence once the victim reaches the age of 18.)
  • The potentially liable party is a government agency (Under this circumstance, the statutory deadline is 180 days since the date of incidence.)
  • The injuries manifested themselves after the incident took place (Under this circumstance, the statutory deadline will commence once the injuries are realized by the victim.)

How to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

Negligent drivers are often the cause of pedestrian accidents. In some accidents, pedestrians will be the negligent parties. This is often due to jaywalking. Crossing the street outside of a crosswalk is illegal for a reason: it is very dangerous. Although most pedestrian accidents occur outside of the crosswalk, the following are frequent locations of pedestrian accidents:

  • Schools: Children rushing out of classrooms often fail to look both ways when crossing the street. Young children often jump out from behind parked cars, leaving drivers with only a split second to react.
  • Crosswalks: In areas with high foot traffic, crosswalks are often hotspots for pedestrian accidents.
  • Parking lots: Cars leaving parking lots often do not stop and look both ways when turning onto the road. In these cases, negligent pedestrians may fall victim to accidents.

Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians may increase their chances of being involved in an accident if they:

  • Jaywalk
  • Wear dark clothing at night
  • Cross the street without a shown walking symbol
  • Are distracted by mobile devices

Drivers may be liable and increase their chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident if they:

  • Turn left or right without looking both ways: This is the most frequent cause of pedestrian accidents. Individuals turning left or right may fail to look at both ways due to negligent actions, or they may be focused on oncoming traffic.
  • Running red lights and stop signs: Jaywalking pedestrians are often seriously injured in these types of accidents. Drivers may pass red lights and stop signs at very high speeds, leaving pedestrians with little to no time to react. 
  • DUI: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs greatly increases the chances of getting involved in an accident. Drivers under the influence may experience sleepiness, blurry vision, decreased reaction speeds, lowered inhibitions, and more unwanted side effects. 
  • Bad weather: Rain, snow, fog, or sleet often play important roles in pedestrian accidents. Certain weather conditions prevent drivers from keeping control of their cars and actions.
  • Car defects: Broken lights, faulty brakes, and steering deficiency play vital roles in pedestrian accidents. Liability can often be placed on the vehicle’s manufacturer.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, we invite you to contact us at Pride Legal for legal counseling or any further questions. Pride Legal’s network of LGBT Pedestrian Accident Attorneys will seek the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Pride Legal understands times can be tough after a pedestrian accident. To protect your rights, hire someone who understands them.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, we invite you to contact us at Pride Legal for legal counseling or any further questions. To protect your rights, hire someone who understands them.

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