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Huntington Beach Pedestrian Injury Lawyer

Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Serving Huntington Beach

attorney Aaron HicksEvery year, thousands of pedestrians are hurt or killed because of reckless or inexperienced drivers. California, despite its bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly laws, is responsible for a shocking number of these accidents. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed right now. But you don’t have to do this alone. With the personal injury team at Hicks Law Firm, you can fight for fair compensation after your Huntington Beach pedestrian accident. Call us at 949-541-9944 to set up a consultation now.

What You Need to Know About California Pedestrian Accidents

California has a reputation for being pedestrian-friendly, with multiple cities taking up spots on lists that feature the nation’s most walkable cities. However, no matter how strong a state’s infrastructure or city design is, that doesn’t change drivers’ habits. Across the country, drivers struggle to prioritize pedestrian safety. It shows up in accident statistics.

The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that more people are walking more than ever, with many people choosing it as their preferred way to get to work, school, and other destinations. Pedestrian accidents have risen steadily over the years throughout the state, amounting to a 26% jump in pedestrian fatalities between 2014 and 2018. During 2018 alone, there were over 14,000 pedestrian injuries.

Traffic deaths in general are a serious problem, and pedestrian accidents make up a significant portion of them. In 2020, about one-quarter of all traffic fatalities were pedestrian deaths. The same article notes that pedestrian deaths increased by 4% over the previous year, indicating that this problem isn’t going away any time soon.

How Pedestrian Accidents Happen

Pedestrian accidents occur in a variety of ways. Here are some of the most commonly reported collisions:

  • Running a red light or stop sign: Pedestrians may cross at intersections under the assumption that drivers will stop at a stop sign or red light. When someone ignores road signs or drives while distracted, they may cause a pedestrian accident.

  • Hitting a pedestrian while turning: This is a fairly common type of accident. While people often check for oncoming traffic when turning left, they may not check for pedestrians crossing the road. Similarly, people turning right don’t always think to check to the right for pedestrians beginning to cross the road. This can leave pedestrians with serious injuries.

  • Failing to check for pedestrians before entering the roadway: Whether backing out from a driveway or turning out from a parking lot, drivers must check for pedestrians in their immediate vicinity.

  • Stepping out in front of an oncoming car: Pedestrians are not permitted to step out in front of a vehicle that does not have time to stop. When a pedestrian steps out from between two cars, oncoming drivers may not have time to stop.

  • Being struck at night due to low visibility: Quite a few serious pedestrian accidents occur at night. Pedestrians can be hard to see at night, especially when wearing dark colors.

Common Injuries Caused by Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians report a wide range of injuries after these accidents, including:

  • Cuts, abrasions, and road rash—all of which may result in infection
  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage

How Hicks Law Firm Can Help You Fight for Maximum Compensation

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may wonder how you can fight for the compensation you’re owed. Shouldn’t the insurance company just do the right thing and pay you a fair settlement?

Insurance companies aren’t in the business of protecting accident victims or doing the right thing—their main goal is to maximize their profits for shareholders. One of the easiest ways to maximize profits is to deny victims the compensation they deserve. That means that if they offer you a settlement right away, it will be less than you really deserve. A lot of victims accept this initial offer, assuming that they won’t be offered anymore. In many cases, insurance adjusters even put a time limit on this offer and promise that you won’t get more if you hire an attorney.

We think you deserve better. Our goal is to figure out what your injuries are worth and fight for a settlement that actually compensates you for everything you’ve lost. Most claims are settled at this stage, but if your case goes to court, our trial-proven attorneys will advocate for you there.

Reach Out to Us Today

The sooner you connect with our team to discuss your Huntington Beach pedestrian accident, the sooner we can begin working on your claim. Schedule your free consultation now by sending us a message online or calling us at 949-541-9944.