Q. What traffic laws are there, if any, that apply to pedestrians?
A. Pedestrians are responsible for obeying traffic laws that also apply to motor vehicles, such as observing traffic lights and signs. Pedestrians must use sidewalks and crosswalks that are provided for their safety. Also, walking against the flow of traffic is required if they are traveling on a road. However, depending on how an accident occurs, even if a pedestrian is not obeying traffic laws, they still may not be at-fault for an accident.
A. If you have been hurt in a California pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages associated with your injury. Economic damages may include past and future medical expenses, lost earnings and other costs associated with living with a disability. Non-economic losses are for the physical and emotional pain you have suffered. In non-economic losses it is difficult to calculate the amount of damages that can be awarded and varies with each case.
Q. If a family member or myself is involved in a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle, can I file a lawsuit against the driver that caused the accident?
A. Yes. A knowledgeable California pedestrian accident lawyer can help you establish that the driver of the car was acting negligently and at least partially at fault for the accident. If that is determined, you may to bring a lawsuit for damages including personal injury and in cases where the victim died, wrongful death.
Q. What is the first step to filing a personal injury claim?
A. First, you must seek the care of a medical professional if you have been injured. Your main focus is to have the injury treated properly so that you may start the road to recovery. Second, document any information pertaining to the accident, your injuries, medical bills; lost wages and any pain, physically and emotionally, you have suffered because of the accident. Finally, seek the legal advice of a California pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. It is never too soon to talk to a lawyer after an accident.
Q. How much time do I have to file my claim after a pedestrian accident?
A. California generally allows a two-year statue of limitations to file a personal injury claim against the motorist of the vehicle that caused injuries to you or a loved one. In accidents where a city, county, or state governmental agency may be liable, the amount of time may be very limed. In certain cases if the injured party is a minor or has a mental disability then the statue of limitations may be extended.
Q. How do I go about choosing a California pedestrian accident lawyer?
A. The firm at Estey Bomberger has received an AV rating, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal skills as determined by our peers. Our California pedestrian accident lawyers have represented pedestrian accident victims in claims involving motor vehicles, trucks, buses, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. Within the last twelve months we have recovered over $30 million in verdicts and settlements.
Q. Are there any fees if I want to speak with an Estey Bomberger attorney regarding my claim?
A. We offer free consultations to evaluate your potential claim. There are no hidden fees, even if we review medical bills and evaluate liability. We will also advance costs to finance an investigation to determine whether a viable claim exists. Please call one of our California pedestrian accident lawyers at (800) 890-6722 or fill out our online case evaluation form, and an attorney will contact you to discuss your case and answer your questions.