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Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Northern California

Free Consultation for Pedestrian Injury Victims in Northern California

The Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley represents victims of pedestrian accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and are struggling to pay your medical bills, get in touch with a Northern California pedestrian accident lawyer to schedule a free evaluation of your case. Our team is prepared to investigate the cause of your accident in order to determine liability.

Drivers have a duty of care that they must observe at all times. This includes driving in a safe and conscientious manner that doesn’t endanger the other people or their property. Unfortunately, many drivers choose to ignore this duty and end up driving in a careless and dangerous way that ends up hurting someone.

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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Northern California

A pedestrian accident occurs when a pedestrian, someone traveling on foot, is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. These accidents can result in injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to severe trauma or even fatalities.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles include:

  • Distracted Driving: Drivers who are distracted by their phones, navigation systems, passengers, or other factors may not notice pedestrians crossing the road.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed reduces the time a driver has to react to pedestrians, increasing the likelihood of accidents and the severity of injuries.
  • Failure to Yield: Drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at crosswalks, intersections, or when making turns.
  • Impaired Driving: Alcohol, drugs, or even prescription medications can impair a driver's ability to react in time to avoid a pedestrian or to drive safely in general.
  • Poor Visibility: Low light conditions, bad weather, or obstructed views due to objects like parked cars or vegetation can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians.
  • Disregarding Traffic Signals: Pedestrian accidents can occur when drivers run red lights or stop signs, endangering pedestrians who have the right-of-way.
  • Backing Up: Drivers backing out of driveways or parking spaces may not see pedestrians walking behind their vehicle.
  • Reckless Driving: Aggressive or reckless driving behaviors, such as weaving in and out of traffic or ignoring traffic laws, increase the risk of accidents involving pedestrians.

Typical Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents and Legal Support

  • Spina cord injury
  • Brain injury
  • Fractured legs & arms
  • Scalp lacerations, contusions and abrasions
  • Torn and sprained ligaments
  • Contusions, abrasions and lacerations or face and hands

Who is Liable?

The most common scenario is when a motor vehicle driver is at fault for the accident. This could be due to speeding, distracted driving, failure to yield to pedestrians, driving under the influence, or other negligent behaviors.

In some cases, however, pedestrians may also share liability for an accident if their actions contributed to the collision. For example, if a pedestrian jaywalks or crosses against a traffic signal and gets hit by a vehicle, they may be found partially at fault.

California follows a comparative negligence system, meaning that liability can be apportioned between the parties involved based on their degree of fault. This means that even if a pedestrian shares some responsibility for the accident, they may still be able to recover damages, although the amount they receive may be reduced based on their percentage of fault.

Determining liability in pedestrian accidents can be complex and often requires a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident. Individuals involved in such accidents should seek legal guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney to understand their rights and options for pursuing compensation.

Legal Recourse for Families After Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians who are injured due to a driver’s negligence have a legal right to pursue compensation for costs related to their accident. However, if the victim dies from their injuries, their family may have a right to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Compensation Types in Wrongful Death Cases:

  • Loss of companionship and support
  • Loss of consortium, loss of financial support
  • Loss of household services, medical bills
  • Pain and suffering prior to death
  • Funeral and burial expenses

While no amount of money can ever undo the damage that has been done to your family, it can ease some of your financial burdens and make it easier to move forward from this traumatic experience.

Proven Success in Pedestrian Accident Claims

The Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley is focused on providing clients with exceptional customer service. We have handled nearly every type of personal injury case, including countless pedestrian accident cases, and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation.

Because we understand that accidents can happen at any time, day or night, we are available 24/7 to answer your call and offer you immediate help. Wondering if you can afford a Northern California pedestrian accident lawyer? At our firm, you will never be charged an attorney fee unless a recovery is obtained on your behalf. There is absolutely no risk to you in calling our firm to see how we can help.

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Further Reading on Pedestrian Safety and Legal Rights


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