Pedestrian accidents are – unfortunately – very common. Pedestrians are vulnerable to accidents; although there are designated pedestrian areas, such as sidewalks and crosswalks, for example, pedestrians continue to be struck by vehicles. Were you involved in a pedestrian accident? If so, you likely suffered a number of injuries ranging in severity. Without a doubt, the injuries that you suffered likely altered your lifestyle significantly. If your accident was the direct result of the negligent actions of a driver, you likely have grounds to file a lawsuit and receive compensation. The personal injury lawyers experienced in pedestrian accident claims at Eldessouky Law Upland are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the legal assistance that you need.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
During pedestrian accidents, vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds strike pedestrians at varying speeds. Depending on the specific details of the pedestrian accident, victims are likely to be left suffering a variety of injuries. Some of the most dangerous injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, and back/neck injuries, for example. In most cases, victims suffer a number of broken bones, skin injuries (like road burn), and lacerations. Regardless of the specific injuries that victims suffer, accidents are likely to lead to expensive medical bills and long recovery times.
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Common Reasons Behind Pedestrian Accidents
Some of the most common reasons behind pedestrian accidents revolve around the negligent actions of drivers. Negligent drivers are associated with the following:
- Failing to yield to pedestrians
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Driving into crowds
- Driving on sidewalks
- Driving while distracted
- Driving without lights on
Although most pedestrian accidents are caused by the negligent actions of drivers, pedestrians can also be found at least partially at-fault. Pedestrians sometimes enter busy roads, cross in unmarked crosswalks, and fail to adhere to traffic signals, for example. Regardless of the specific cause of your pedestrian accident, you have the right to file a claim. If you would like to learn more about liability for your fall, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Negligence and Your Pedestrian Accident Claim
To have a successful pedestrian accident claim, you must prove that your injuries were directly caused by negligence. Consider the following:
- Drivers have a duty of care to pedestrians.
- Drivers breach their duty of care.
- The breach of duty causes an accident.
- The accident results in injuries.
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Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accident Claims
To ensure that you preserve your right to sue and eventually recover compensation, you must file your pedestrian accident claim within the appropriate statute of limitations (SOL). Statutes of limitations establish the specific amount of time that claimants have to file their claims and begin the legal process. All personal injury claims are subject to a strict two-year SOL. If victims have not filed their claims within the timeline established by the SOL, they will unfortunately lose their right to sue. Because there are many exceptions that could apply to your claim, pausing or lengthening the time that you have to sue, it is essential that you discuss the SOL for your claim with a pedestrian accident lawyer.
If your pedestrian accident claim is successful, you will likely be eligible to recover compensation. The specific type and amount of compensation depends on the details of your claim, including the types of injuries suffered, the income that you lost, and even insurance policy limits. Although every claim is different, victims of pedestrian accidents can usually be compensated for the following: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and punitive damages. The pedestrian accident lawyers at Eldessouky Law Upland will incessantly fight for your right to recover the compensation that you deserve. Talk with our Upland personal injury attorneys to learn the best path forward for your claim.