California had more pedestrian fatalities than any other state in 2018, based on preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Unfortunately, many of these pedestrian accidents occur because the driver was distracted or due to other negligent behavior. If you or a someone you love has suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger can help. One of our highly skilled Marin County pedestrian accident attorneys will evaluate your case for free and advise you of your legal options for recouping your losses. Call and schedule a confidential consultation today.
Why Our Firm?
- Our Marin County personal injury attorneys are known for their successful litigation skills and they are not afraid to take your case to trial.
- We have nearly six decades of experience safeguarding clients from insurance companies while fighting to ensure that they are treated and compensated fairly.
- We will take your case on a contingency fee agreement, which means we will only get paid if you do.
Commonly Occurring Pedestrian Injuries in Marin County
Common injuries that pedestrians suffer from in accidents include:
- Cuts, scrapes and bruises to the head, face and body.
- Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, swelling, hemorrhages and clots.
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Bone fractures, affecting the arms, legs, ribs, hips and pelvis.
- Emotional trauma
- Wrongful death
Pedestrian injuries typically occur at the area of the body that the vehicle collides with, also known as the point of impact. In severe cases, the force of impact may throw victims into another object or a vehicle, causing secondary injuries.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accidents in California?
The state of California sets limitations on the amount of time victims have to pursue personal injury lawsuits. Pedestrian accident lawsuits are considered civil personal injury lawsuits and pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 335.1. This law states that victims have only two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Failure to file within the two year time frame can result in the barring your claim.
Why Should I Hire A Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
There are multiple reasons to hire a pedestrian accident attorney who will protect your rights following a collision in Marin County. An attorney will:
- Help Determine Fault
An attorney will immediately conduct an investigation into the accident in order to determine fault and gather evidence that will be crucial in proving so.
- Determine Damages
An insurance company will need copies of all medical records, bills, proof of lost income, and any costs related to your pain and suffering. You won’t have to worry about the paperwork, as your attorney will collect all of the necessary documentation.
- Determine When to File
Lawyers are knowledgeable with California’s statute of limitations, that determines how long you have to file a lawsuit. In general, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the injury.
- Be a Buffer Between You and the Insurance Companies
Dealing with insurance companies when you are injured can be stressful and a hassle. By having legal representation, all communication with the insurer will be handled on your behalf and you will also be protected from accepting too low of a settlement offer.
- Know When to Settle and When to Sue
An attorney experienced in pedestrian injury claims has the knowledge of how you should be treated and how much your claim is worth. Your lawyer will know when to accept a settlement agreement or when a lawsuit is the only option for obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
We understand what a stressful time this is for your family. Our Marin County pedestrian accident lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you need and deserve to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and any expenses related to your pain and suffering. Call or fill out our online contact form to have one of our skilled pedestrian accident attorneys evaluate your case for free.