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Pedestrian Accidents Lawyers in San Diego

Anyone who has walked in one of California’s bustling cities knows that crossing a street or a busy intersection can be very dangerous. Every year in California there are thousands of pedestrian accidents causing serious injuries and even death. Unfortunately, almost all auto versus pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries, leaving the victim with substantial medical bills and the inability to work or enjoy their life as they once had. Just a few of the serious injuries that can occur as a result of a pedestrian accident include broken bones, lost limbs, head and neck injuries, spine injuries, brain injuries, muscle tears, and many more. Too often, these accidents are caused by inattentive or distracted drivers, especially by drivers who are texting or breaking traffic laws. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in San Diego County, contact the pedestrian accident attorneys in San Diego at Hepburn, Hernandez and Jung Trial Attorneys to fight on your behalf and help you to get back on your feet.

 
 
 
 
 
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What You Should Do After a Pedestrian Accident

  • Make sure that you are safe. If you are able, move to the side of the roadway or to another safe place to ensure that you are no longer in danger. Immediately call emergency services (9-1-1) for a police officer or ambulance if you are able to do so. Wait for police to arrive and provide the officer with a factual description of how you saw the incident unfold. INSIST THAT A REPORT IS FILED WITH THE AUTHORITIES. DO NOT discuss the specifics of the accident with the other party involved in the accident, as doing so may harm your legal position when you try to recover damages at a later date.
  • Before leaving the scene of the accident, make sure you gather all of the necessary information from all other parties involved in the accident (including names, contact numbers, insurance information, license plates, etc.). Do not rely on the officer to do this for you. Make sure you also obtain the name, agency, and badge number of the officer who has reported to the scene.
  • Before leaving the scene of the accident, make sure you gather all of the necessary information from all other parties involved in the accident (including names, contact numbers, insurance information, license plates, etc.). Do not rely on the officer to do this for you. Make sure you also obtain the name, agency, and badge number of the officer who has reported to the scene.
  • Make sure you receive proper medical care. The first place you should go IMMEDIATELY after the accident is to the nearest medical facility so that you get a proper and thorough medical evaluation. You should visit a medical facility even if you do not believe you have a serious injury, as many injuries may not be immediately apparent—it is crucial to be examined by a doctor. Moreover, a proper record of your injuries and your medical care will be necessary later in the recovery process, as insurance companies may say that your injuries must not have been serious if you waited to get treatment.
  • Do not speak to anyone about the accident or your injuries other than the police, your medical provider, or your lawyer. Giving statements to other persons other than those mentioned above may damage your legal case in the future. Finally, you should then file a claim with your insurance provider. You should NOT speak to an insurance provider representative or sign any documents from an insurance provider, especially those that represent the opposing side or other driver. You should contact an pedestrian accident attorney in San Diego from Hepburn, Hernandez and Jung Trial Attorneys who know how to deal with insurance providers to best represent your interests. Let our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers in San Diego fight on your behalf so you can concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery.

California’s Pedestrian Laws and Right of Way

In California, both drivers and pedestrians are expected to take reasonable steps to ensure safety on the roadway. While pedestrians have the right-of-way in many instances, and drivers are responsible to make sure they do not put pedestrians in danger, pedestrians are also expected to use care and cross a street as safely as possible. California uses a pure comparative negligence system, which means that if the pedestrian is partially at fault for the accident, then the pedestrian’s compensation or recovery may be reduced. It is therefore important that as a pedestrian, you cross a street responsibly and as safely as possible.

According to the California Vehicle Code, a driver of a vehicle must abide by the following rules when it comes to pedestrians:

  • Respect the right-of-way of pedestrians and always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks.
  • Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk because a pedestrian may be crossing the street. Stop and proceed through the intersection when all pedestrians have safely crossed the street.
  • Do not stop in a crosswalk as you may place pedestrians in danger.
  • If you approach a crosswalk while driving, you are required to exercise caution and reduce your speed to ensure safety of the pedestrian.
  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked or unmarked crosswalks. However, even though pedestrians may have the right-of-way, they also must abide by the rules of the road. A pedestrian should not suddenly leave a curb, or other place of safety, and cross into the path of a vehicle as this creates an immediate hazard.
  • Obey all signs pertaining to pedestrians.

These are just some of the rules that drivers should follow in order to protect the safety of pedestrians. Unfortunately, many of these rules are not followed and many pedestrians are injured or killed across California every year. If a lawsuit becomes necessary to obtain compensation for your damages, it is important to have experienced personal injury attorneys for your case. Please contact HHJ Trial Attorneys for a free case evaluation and let our pedestrian accident attorneys in San Diego help you obtain the justice you deserve from your pedestrian accident.

Pedestrian Accident Attorney in San Diego

Walking and bike riding are simple yet effective means of transportation. Why drive a car when all of your basic amenities (schools, grocery stores, medical facilities, etc.) are right around the corner? Unfortunately, pedestrians end up at risk of injury, especially with so many negligent drivers on the road.

Proving Liability for a Pedestrian Accident

When it comes to car accidents involving pedestrians, your personal injury lawyer has the task of proving that the at-fault party is liable for your injuries. In California, the state law provides “right-of-way” protection for pedestrians. Drivers must yield and exercise caution so that people on foot can safely make their way across roadways.

How do we prove liability, then? We evaluate the circumstances surrounding your accident to determine if the driver was or wasn’t in accordance with the law. Some examples that enable you to pursue compensation for damages include:

  • Drivers exceeding the speed limit
  • Drivers who are inebriated or under the influence of drugs
  • Drivers experiencing extreme fatigue
  • Distracted drivers (using a smartphone or other device)
  • Reckless or negligent drivers

Seeking Legal Representation from an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney in San Diego

Here at HHJ Trial Attorneys in San Diego, we handle many personal injury claims involving pedestrian accidents. We will gather evidence, obtain witness testimony, and factor in your pain and suffering while building your case. Remember that accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians account for billions of dollars’ worth of damages every year. We are going to do our very best to recover the full compensation that you deserve.

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Local Resources in San Diego

Hospitals in San Diego 

  • Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego – 4077 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Select Specialty Hospital – San Diego – 555 Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103
  • UC San Diego Medical Center – 200 W. Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103

Chiropractors in San Diego 

  • True Chiropractic San Diego – 4344 Convoy Street, Suite C-1, San Diego, CA 92111
  • The Spinal Connection – 1901 Fourth Avenue #200, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Spence Chiropractic Center – 8555 Station Village, Lane B, San Diego, CA 92108

Doctors in San Diego 

  • Jeffrey Orr, MD – 3900 Fifth Avenue, Suite #110, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Dr. Sunita Shailam, MD – 427 C Street, Suite 216, San Diego, CA 92101
  • San Diego Medical Group – 4060 Fourth Avenue, #100, San Diego, CA 92103

Physical Therapy in San Diego 

  • Nexus Physical Therapy – 5353 Mission Center Road, #120, San Diego, CA 92108
  • Innovative Physical Therapy – 5030 Camino De La Siesta #220, San Diego, CA 92108
  • THRIVE Physical Therapy San Diego – 2389 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

 

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