A person in a crosswalk has the legal right of way, but car and truck drivers do not always yield the right of way or even notice pedestrians. With no physical protection, pedestrians are highly vulnerable to life-threatening injuries. With experienced legal protection, however, those victims can be fully compensated for their injuries and losses.
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has obtained substantial results in pedestrian cases. Our San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyers have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of hundreds of joggers, workers, children and other pedestrians who were struck by motor vehicles.
It is important to contact a lawyer immediately, even if you think you were somehow to blame. The law is on the side of pedestrians, and so is our experienced legal team. Call us at (415) 981-7210 for a free consultation.
Advocating For Victims Of Bay Area Pedestrian Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 600 pedestrians die each year in California motor vehicle accidents and thousands more suffer significant injury when hit by a car or truck. In San Francisco, about half of all traffic deaths are pedestrians.
- The injuries tend to be severe if not catastrophic – head trauma and whiplash, spinal cord and back injuries, broken bones and injuries to joints, and serious lacerations and abrasions. These injuries create great physical, financial and emotional hardships for victims and families. At Walkup Melodia, we are committed to ensuring that clients are covered for their substantial medical bills and lost wages, as well as fair damages for pain and suffering and any permanent disability.
- The defense often tries to blame the victim, claiming that he or she was jaywalking, crossing against the light, texting while walking, intoxicated or otherwise at fault. However, drivers have a high duty to be vigilant for pedestrians and yield the right of way, particularly near school zones, downtown, bus stops, parks, residential neighborhoods and other areas with lots of people on foot. We have represented pedestrians in virtually every scenario, including people struck by public transit buses and trains.
We know that pedestrian accidents are not always what they appear and that police do not always get it right in their reports. We conduct our own thorough investigation, which often reveals that the driver was the negligent party – speeding or driving aggressively, blowing through a stop sign or red light, turning without looking, distracted by a cellphone or impaired by alcohol.
It is also important to know that, under California law, victims who were partly at fault may still be entitled to some compensation. It costs nothing to explore your possible legal remedies with a knowledgeable lawyer from our firm.
Contact Our San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
In crowded cities throughout Northern California, simply crossing a street can be dangerous. Whenever a person is struck by a car while legally using a city or county street, that person has the same right to seek financial compensation as any motorist injured in a collision. But asserting that right and collecting full and fair compensation require skilled and experienced legal counsel.
If you or a loved one was hit by a car while walking or running, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact the Walkup firm online. We provide a free consultation and there are no attorney fees unless we are able to recover compensation in your case.