Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
Pedestrian accidents are some of the most intense and traumatic events we see here at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC. When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian often suffers catastrophic to fatal injuries. Broken bones, lower extremity injuries, neck and spine injuries, and head and brain injuries are some of the most common physical damages from pedestrian accidents. If you’re recovering from a collision with a motor vehicle in Riverside or San Bernardino, our lawyers want to hear from you.
About Pedestrian Accidents in Southern California
In any city where the two must interact, pedestrians are at risk of collisions with motor vehicles. Crosswalks, sidewalks, and right-of-way rules help prevent pedestrian accidents, but distracted and negligent drivers greatly increase the risk. Drivers must pay special attention for crossing pedestrians at marked and unmarked intersections. Any failure to take reasonable care near pedestrians, resulting in a harmful accident, is negligence. Common negligent-related causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Texting and driving
- Driver distraction or inattention
- Driver inexperience/incompetence
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Ignoring crosswalk signals
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Drinking and driving
- Speeding/breaking roadway rules
Pedestrians can take steps to prevent accidents, such as wearing bright colors and only crossing the street when and where permitted. Even the most prudent pedestrian can become a victim, however, when a reckless driver is involved. In the City of Riverside, 103 pedestrians died and were injured in 2015. In the City of San Bernardino, there were 118 pedestrian deaths and injuries the same year. DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC represent clients injured in pedestrian accidents throughout SoCal, with the goal of securing maximum compensation for their serious injuries.
Could You Benefit from Hiring a Lawyer?
After a collision with a motor vehicle, call 911 and report the accident. You likely have some kind of injuries that require medical attention. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, go to the hospital and explain what happened. You could have hidden injuries such as a head or brain injury that medical tests can diagnose. If a vehicle hit you and ran, try to gather information from any eyewitnesses or video surveillance of the scene. Retaining an attorney can help you with the process of gathering evidence.
Our lawyers can take over communication with the driver’s insurance company on your behalf, to make sure the claims adjuster doesn’t take advantage of you. Insurance claims adjusters try to get accident victims to settle for as little as possible to save the company money. An attorney can negotiate a settlement that is almost always higher than the insurer’s first offer. Attorneys do this by investigating the accident, assigning fault or liability, and evaluating the economic and non-economic losses the victim suffered.
Most personal injury claims reach successful settlements without having to go to trial. If your case needs to go to court to strive for the compensation we believe you deserve, we have the experience and resources to masterfully handle a trial. We’ll walk you through the court process every step of the way, so you can focus on healing instead of paperwork. Start your journey toward financial recovery with a free consultation at one of our local offices. Call (855) 946-6464 to schedule an appointment.