I was hurt in a pedestrian accident. Can I recover damages even if the car didn't hit me?

A Pedestrian Crossing the StreetYes. The problem of pedestrian accidents has reached crisis proportions, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, with the state reporting more serious or fatal pedestrian crashes than any other. In fact, pedestrian accidents injured more than 14,000 people in the Golden State in 2018 alone.

Contrary to popular belief, not all pedestrian crash cases involve a direct collision between victim and vehicle. Oftentimes, pedestrians are hurt while attempting to avoid being struck. Fortunately, a pedestrian doesn't actually have to be hit by a car or truck in order for their injuries to be compensable.

If you were hurt while taking evasive action to prevent a negligent motorist from hitting you with their vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of economic and non-economic damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other losses. Following a near miss, it is critical get the identity of the driver, or at least the licenses plate of the vehicle to recover damages from the negligent driver.  Also, with an impact between a car and a pedestrian, uninsured motorist coverage can also come into play under the right facts.  A skilled California pedestrian accident attorney can help you protect your right to a fair financial recovery. Here's why you need knowledgeable legal counsel:

  • Pedestrians lack any meaningful form of exterior protection and, as a result, the injuries and damages sustained in knockdown crashes can be significant. This means potential settlements and financial awards in pedestrian accident cases can be substantial—and insurance companies often fight vigorously to avoid paying.
  • The motorist's insurer or defense attorney may try to shift blame for the accident to the pedestrian. Not only can a savvy pedestrian crash lawyer build a strong case to show why the other party was at fault, but they can help clients recover damages even if they were partially to blame for their injuries.

Schedule a Consultation to Find Out How We Can Help With Your Case

The talented injury recovery professionals with the Inland Empire Law Group have helped pedestrian accident victims collect fair compensation. Contact us today at (888) 694-3529 or (909) 481-0100 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case with a member of our accomplished legal team.

 

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