When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian generally sustains catastrophic injuries. The person has no protection from the impact of the car. That’s why personal injury laws in California protect the rights of pedestrians to recover compensation for their injuries and damages.
The Carlsbad pedestrian accident attorneys of Mission Personal Injury Lawyers work with individuals and families who have suffered losses because of a pedestrian accident. Our lawyers have over 43 years of combined legal experience and have achieved a 99% success rate for the cases we handle. Let us use our experience and resources to help with your accident claim.
Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Carlsbad pedestrian accident lawyer. We want to get you the financial compensation you deserve after a pedestrian accident.
How Our Carlsbad Personal Injury Lawyers Help Pedestrian Accident Victims
Our accident attorneys are dedicated to providing compassionate, sound legal advice and guidance for injured individuals. We understand that you have been through a traumatic experience. You may experience significant pain because of your injuries, and you may still be out of work.
Our legal team at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, can handle all aspects of your case, so that you can focus on what is important – your health and your family.
When you hire our injury lawyers to handle your case, you can expect us to:
- Gather evidence by completing a thorough accident investigation
- Identify the parties liable for your injuries
- Handle all matters related to insurance coverage, including filing insurance claims
- Document your economic and non-economic damages to calculate the value of your injury claim
- Negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement amount
- File a lawsuit and argue the case in court if the other parties fail to agree to a reasonable settlement
Call us or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with a Carlsbad personal injury lawyer. We are here for you when you need trusted legal counsel after an accident.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?
Deaths from pedestrian accidents are at a 30-year high in the United States. California had the highest number of pedestrian deaths in 2020, according to the GHSA’s preliminary report for the year. According to the NHTSA, California also had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 2019.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen in Carlsbad, CA?
A pedestrian accident occurs when a driver fails to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. Most pedestrian accidents are based on negligence and therefore avoidable.
Common causes of accidents involving pedestrians include:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Impaired driving
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Intentional acts
These types of accidents result in great bodily harm for the pedestrian. For example, the pedestrian may be crushed beneath the vehicle or thrown several hundred feet from the initial impact. As a result, the risk of permanent impairments and catastrophic injuries is higher in pedestrian accidents.
What Types of Injuries Do Pedestrians Sustain When Hit by a Car?
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, they may sustain numerous injuries. Common injuries include:
- Multiple fractures and broken bones
- Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Loss of limbs and amputations
- Scarring and disfigurement
Immediate medical attention is required in most cases. The accident victim may be unable to document the accident scene by taking pictures or asking eyewitnesses for their names and telephone numbers because of the severity of their injuries. Therefore, it is crucial to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so the attorney can begin gathering evidence to prove fault.
Can I Sue the Driver for Damages After a Pedestrian Accident?
Yes, you can sue the driver if the driver was negligent in causing your pedestrian accident. You could receive compensation for damages, including:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Ongoing medical expense and future loss of income
- Reduced quality of life
- Disabilities and permanent impairments
The value of your claim could be reduced if you were partially to blame for the pedestrian accident. Beware, insurance companies often use this tactic to avoid liability. It is in your best interest to consult with a lawyer before talking with an insurance adjuster about the accident.
Is There a Deadline for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
Yes, California’s statute of limitations sets a two-year deadline for filing a lawsuit in most pedestrian accident cases. However, if the accident involved a government vehicle, you must file a claim within six months to protect your right to file a lawsuit against a government agency.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Carlsbad Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
You do not need to fight the insurance company alone. When you hire our law firm, you have the skills, resources, and experience of a dedicated legal team on your side.
Reach out to us online or call our law office to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our Carlsbad injury lawyers.