Pedestrian Injury Lawyer in Santa Barbara
Legal Representation for Pedestrian Accident Victims
Although in California, pedestrians are usually provided the right-of-way when crossing the street, even the most cautious, law-abiding pedestrian cannot avoid all accidents and has little chance of escaping injury when struck by the inattentive driver of a car, truck, or motorcycle.
The law team at NordstrandBlack PC can help you recover substantial monetary compensation for injured pedestrians and the families of pedestrians killed in accidents. When pedestrians are struck by vehicles, they often require extensive medical care and treatment due to serious and catastrophic injuries including broken bones, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations.
We have helped hundreds of accident victims for over 30 years and understand your needs and concerns. Before settling a claim with an insurance company or driver, it is important to know your legal rights and responsibilities as well as the full extent of your injuries and damages. Call us today at (805) 962-2022 to discuss your case and talk about your options.
Types of Cases we Have Handled
Our lawyers have represented clients who were seriously injured in a variety of accidents, including those caused by:
- negligent drivers;
- drivers talking on a cell phone;
- those driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs;
- elderly drivers; and
- drivers who fail to yield to a pedestrian crossing the street and sidewalk
Pedestrian Accident Case Results
- $335,750 Arbitration Award - Pedestrian Accident - Bone Fractures
- $250,000 Settlement Policy Limit - Pedestrian Injury - Multipe Fractures
∗ Selected cases listed. Every case is different. Past case results are not a guarantee, and similar results may not be obtained in your case. View more case results here.
Documenting Pedestrian Injuries and Damages in Santa Barbara
NordstrandBlack PC has the knowledge and resources necessary to properly investigate an accident. We go to the accident scene, hire investigators and experts if necessary to photograph the scene, find and interview witnesses, and reconstruct the accident to identify events that contributed to the accident.
Crosswalk Accidents: What You Should Know
The question of who has the right-of-way in a crosswalk should be easy to determine, but there is always the potential for legal gray areas when it comes to civil liability and claims.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) "The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk." However, Section (b) provides, "This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard." Section (c) adds, "The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action… to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian."
How is Vehicle Code Section 21950 interpreted? Basically, the pedestrian and driver are both expected to be aware of what is happening and act reasonably. California law leaves a lot of room for interpretation based on the facts and circumstances of each situation. Even if you were in a crosswalk when struck by a vehicle, a lawyer for the driver might argue that you were partially to blame for the accident because you were careless. This is why you need an experienced lawyer on your side to demonstrate that you were acting reasonably, and that the negligence of the driver makes him or her liable for your injuries and damages.
Treatment and Recovery After a Pedestrian Accident
An injured pedestrian will likely incur substantial expenses following a collision with a vehicle. Minor scrapes and bruises might not require much care, but broken bones, head or spinal injuries, and other serious conditions may require long-term care and cause you to incur major medical expenses. You may not predict all of the expenses that will arise from serious injuries after an accident. Lost wages due to a hospital stay are easy to calculate, but what about future lost wages due to losing a promotion? How will your injuries affect your marriage or relationships with other family members? These factors, and others, can be included when calculating damages after a pedestrian accident, which is why you need an experienced lawyer on your side.
What Do I Do After a Hit-and-Run?
The first thing you should do after a hit-and-run incident is make sure everyone involved is alright, and call for immediate medical attention if necessary. Since hit-and-run is a criminal offense, you should contact local law enforcement immediately following a hit-and-run accident. A prompt response can help with gathering information regarding witnesses, evidence, and locating a suspect after the accident. While all of these efforts are used in a criminal investigation, this information may also be helpful in a civil lawsuit against a driver.
If you do not find the driver who fled the scene, you will need to rely on your lawyer much more than in other situations. Whether the driver is found or not, an experienced lawyer on your side can help you locate the responsible parties, determine whether there is insurance coverage available to pay your claim, negotiate with insurance companies, and present your case in court if necessary.
Wrongful Death Pedestrian Accident
Following the tragedy of a fatality due to a pedestrian accident, it can be difficult to consider practical matters like filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. Filing a wrongful death suit can help you in more ways than one. Not only can it help with your financial peace of mind, giving you one less concern while grieving for a loved one, but it can also help with emotional closure. Knowing that those responsible have to pay for their negligence can be an important part of healing after losing a loved one.
In California, there are laws in place for filing a wrongful death claim and a survival action. The details of your situation will dictate which is appropriate; each type of claim has its own particular benefits and process for filing. Do not try to figure out everything on your own. An experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyer can answer questions you might not think of asking and make sure your rights are protected.
California Statute of Limitations: Do Not Lose Your Right to Recover Money
After suffering an injury in a pedestrian accident, or any accident for that matter, it can be overwhelming to think about legal action, let alone to pursue an accident claim. However, the longer you wait, the more difficult your situation may become. California law sets a limit on the amount of time a person has to file and pursue a personal injury claim. Referred to as the "statute of limitations," this time limit will expire if an individual waits too long, forever preventing him or her from seeking rightful compensation owed by negligent parties. Even if you don't plan on filing a claim or pursuing a lawsuit, it may be beneficial to speak with a skilled Santa Barbara pedestrian accident lawyer who has extensive knowledge about these types of accidents and how the claims process works in California.
At NordstrandBlack PC, our Santa Barbara personal injury attorneys provide our clients with aggressive representation so they can obtain just compensation. Contact our Southern California law firm today at (805) 962-2022 for a free initial consultation to find out more about your rights and how we can help after an injury.
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