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Many of us drive our cars every day. As drivers, we share the road with other motorists, bicyclists, truckers, and pedestrians. You can be involved in a collision with any type of road user when they, or you, or a third party fail to take the necessary care to prevent an accident.
When you are a pedestrian, you are in the most vulnerable category of road users. You are not protected by a metal chassis, a helmet, or even the luxury of being lifted off the ground like a bicyclist. If you are injured while walking, you can face steep financial damages.
What Causes Car and Pedestrian Accidents?
In most cases, collisions are caused by negligence. Examples of negligence include:
- Drunk driving;
- Distracted driving or walking
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to obey the posted traffic signs, whether one is a motorist or a pedestrian
Ways You can be Injured in a Car Accident
Motorists and pedestrians alike can be seriously injured in collisions. Injuries they can suffer include:
If you are involved in an accident, seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Worry about seeking compensation later – your health and safety should come first.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injury‒related Damages
All of the injuries listed above can be quite expensive for the victim. Injury expenses are more than just medical bills – they can include the wages a victim cannot earn because he or she is temporarily or permanently unable to work, the costs of hiring outside help to manage his or her household chores and other personal needs, and the overall costs of a reduced quality of life because of the injury. When a victim faces these expenses because of an injury he or she did not cause, that victim can seek compensation for these expenses through a personal injury claim.
In California, the statutes of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years from the date of the accident. Working with an experienced lawyer can ensure that your claim is filed within this time frame and that you have sufficient evidence to support the claim. This evidence needs to show that the other party involved in the accident somehow behaved in a negligent manner and that because of this negligence, the accident that resulted in your injury occurred. You also have to provide evidence to show the monetary value of your damages.
Work with an Experienced Irvine Car and Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Contact our team of experienced car and pedestrian lawyers at Nehora Law Firm today to set up your initial consultation with us. We offer a free consultation to all prospective clients, during which we can examine your case in greater detail and guide you toward a productive course of action.
Personal injury lawsuits are filed to recover damages due to injuries caused - through negligence, intention or recklessness – by a third party. Car and pedestrian accidents are, in fact, some of the most commonly represented personal injury cases. Whether sustained through car and pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents – or through other forms of auto accident – affected persons should seek out an experienced personal injury attorney to represent their case. Many of these cases are on the rise, particularly bicycle accidents, even though bicycle accidents are highly preventable.
Most notably, California and Arizona laws stipulate the precise timeframe during which you can file an auto accident lawsuit. Many sources of evidence, including personal recollection of events, are most organic in the immediate phase following an accident. Communicating earlier helps attorney’s recover the evidence necessary to firmly establish your case. It is essential, then, that you consult a personal injury lawyer in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident – irrespective of whether the accident was caused by car, motorcycle, truck or pedestrian means.