Innocent pedestrians are struck and either injured or killed by careless drivers on a daily basis. Due to the sheer weight of vehicles against a human’s weight, a good majority of pedestrian accidents, result in catastrophic injuries, as well as death. These types of accidents most commonly occur as a pedestrian is legally in a cross walk or crossing the road. Inattentive drivers cause the accidents for examples such as, failing to stop at stop signs, at intersections or to yield to the right of way of people walking on the road.
It’s critically important that when seeking out a pedestrian accident attorney in Orange County, that you choose one that is both experienced and well versed in this complex area of law. The pedestrian injury lawyers at Hicks Law Firm have recovered millions of dollars for Orange County residents from our offices in Costa Mesa. If you or a family member were seriously injured through the negligence or actions of another, contact us today at (949) 541-9944 to schedule a risk-free, no obligation consultation.
If you are a runner or a person who sometimes travels roadways by foot, we hope you are never involved in an accident as a pedestrian. However, if you are, or if one of your loved ones has suffered injuries in a pedestrian or sidewalk accident in Costa Mesa, California or the surrounding Orange County area, here are the steps you should take right away:
☑ If you are in the path of danger, try to move further to the side of the road.
☑ Gesture for help and/or call 911 immediately.
☑ Take an ambulance to the hospital and have your injuries assessed and treated.
☑ Immediately contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Costa Mesa, California.
Contact us today at (949) 541-9944 for a complimentary consultation of your case.
Pedestrian accidents are unlike any other type of accident caused by a motor vehicle. The pain and injuries that can result from your body being directly hit by a car, minivan, SUV, truck, or motorcycle while you are walking or running on a roadway is unthinkable to most of us.
Typically, the injuries sustained by a pedestrian who is hit by a motor vehicle are substantially more severe than individuals who are inside a vehicle and may not experience any injuries at all from an accident. It is difficult to escape a pedestrian accident without any injuries.
Some examples of common injuries suffered by pedestrians involved in a motor vehicle accident include:
Injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle require immediate medical attention.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian by a motor vehicle who acted negligently, you should not blame yourself for your injuries. It is important, however, both before and after a pedestrian accident to be aware of steps that you can take defensively to help increase your level of safety while walking or running on a roadway shared by motor vehicles.
Whenever you are traveling on a roadway, sidewalk, or crosswalk, consider the following safety tips:
If you are injured in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation for multiple types of damages, not just your injuries. These damages may include compensation for:
You will have to prove not only that the defendant or motorist was negligent in causing the accident, but also that the accident was the cause in fact of each of the expenses or damages claimed. At trial, and therefore also in settlement negotiations, you will have the burden of proving negligence and these damages by a preponderance of the evidence, which means more likely than not. If you seek punitive damages, which aim to punish the defendant for their behavior in addition to the damages they caused, you will need to prove your case by clear and convincing evidence.
If you have been hit by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian in Costa Mesa, California or the surrounding Orange County area, you are very likely to be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the driver who hit you.
Drivers in California have a duty to drive as a reasonably prudent person under the circumstances and that includes being aware of pedestrians around them and driving at a speed that allows them to safely brake, if necessary, to avoid hitting a pedestrian in front of them. If their conduct falls below the standard of a reasonable person and their actions are the cause in fact of your injuries, then they will likely be found to be negligent and responsible for your resulting damages.
Pedestrian injury cases can be complex and take a considerable amount of time to settle or win at trial. The outcomes of these cases are also heavily dependent on the evidence you present in support of your case. Whether you wish to settle your case or bring it to trial, an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer is indispensable in this process.
Aaron Hicks is a pedestrian accident lawyer in Costa Mesa at Hicks Law Firm has handled thousands of personal injury cases including walkers, runners, hikers, bikers & families just enjoying the day. When you choose to work with us, you will receive dedicated attention to your case and an advocate who is as motivated to collect as much compensation for your damages as you are. We are paid on a contingency fee basis, so you do not owe any legal fees unless we win your case. Call 949-541-9944 or fill out our online contact form so we may discuss your case.