I was hit by a car while participating in a peaceful protest. Can I sue the driver for damages?

Yes. California's personal injury laws protect victims injured as a result of another person or company's negligence and a person for intentionally inflicted injuries.

The right to peaceful protest is one of our nation's most sacred principles. Unfortunately, as protests over social and economic issues have become more common, so, too, have A Group During a Peaceful Protestinstances in which motorists negligently or purposefully drive their vehicles into crowds of protesters, causing devastating injuries and deaths.

If a driver hits you with their vehicle while you're participating in a peaceful protest, they could face criminal charges. Although criminal prosecution of the person who hurt you may help serve justice, it won't compensate you for your injuries or other losses.

Fortunately, you can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for a wide range of damages—and if the driver faces (or has been convicted of ) criminal charges, this can serve as strong evidence in your case. Additionally, if you hold an uninsured motorist policy that insurance coverage may be available to help pay for your injuries and losses.  An adept California personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for:

  • Related medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological trauma
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Other financial or intangible losses

Punitive damages may also apply in cases involving intentional injuries—intending to punish the defendant for particularly egregious conduct and discourage similar bad behavior.  The downside of punitive damages is the tax consequences associated with these damages, as well as the fact that insurance will not pay for the award of punitive damages.

After a death in an intentional vehicular assault, a skillful wrongful death attorney may be able to help your family recover funeral expenses and other damages.

Consult Our Experienced Injury Recovery Specialists

Hurt in an intentional attack while protesting? Understanding your legal rights and options is absolutely essential. Contact the Inland Empire Law Group at (888) 694-3529 or (909) 481-0100 today to speak with a legal professional for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Don't delay, as California limits how long you have to take legal action.

 

David Ricks
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Rancho Cucamonga Car Accident Attorney and Victorville CA Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Inland Empire