Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Orange County
Serving Pedestrians with Compassionate Legal Assistance
There are few accidents more traumatizing than pedestrian accidents – and unfortunately, statistics show that the number of pedestrian fatalities is actually rising year after year. More than 2,600 pedestrians were killed in the first six months of 2017 alone, and more than 70,000 people are estimated to suffer serious injuries as pedestrians every year.
This alarming trend is also preventable for the most part, as the majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by vehicle driver negligence. Cars, trucks, and even small vehicles like electric scooters can cause catastrophic injuries that leave you unable to return to a normal life. If your life has been negatively impacted as a result of a serious pedestrian accident, our Orange County pedestrian lawyers at the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg are standing by to fight for the compensation you need.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, Marshall Silberberg and his team can seek the damages you need to recover. Contact us at (949) 565-4281 today for a case review.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
While there are any number of reasons a car or other motor vehicle could injure a pedestrian, there are some common causes. More than 90 percent of pedestrian accidents occur on sunny days, and seniors and children are the most likely to be affected. This is because cars and other vehicles tend to become more careless in the summer months, and they may not always be looking out for slower pedestrians.
Regardless of the reason, there are many causes of pedestrian accidents that can make a driver liable for your injuries, including:
- Failing to stop at unmarked crosswalks
- Using alcohol and driving under the influence
- Distracted driving, either by texting or using the phone
- Failing to observe traffic laws
- Making an improper or hasty turn
- Failing to use appropriate headlights at night
The Duty of Care in Pedestrian Accidents
Although drivers are often seen as automatically responsible for pedestrian’s safety, drivers and pedestrians do have a legal duty of care towards one another. Both parties must obey all the laws, and take reasonable precautions to avoid a collision. In some cases, this could mean that the pedestrian shares a portion of the liability for their accident. However, because vehicles are so much larger and faster than pedestrians, the injuries sustained by a pedestrian party tend to be worse, and that too can affect the outcome of a case.
Because California abides by the pure comparative negligence rule, a jury will determine how to award compensation based on the percentage of fault for each party. That means if you were 20% responsible for your accident as a pedestrian, either because you were jaywalking or distracted by a cell phone, your share of the compensation claimed would be reduced to 80% of the total – but you can still recover a significant level of financial recovery, even after fault has been allocated out in this way.
Committed to Fighting for Compensation
At the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, we don’t back down in the face of insurance companies or drivers who may try to claim that you were solely responsible for your pedestrian accident. Your injuries may range from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to spinal cord damage to full-body paralysis, and these are simply not comparable to those sustained by most drivers in pedestrian accidents.
Our Orange County pedestrian accident attorneys have recovered more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts over the years, and we promise to uncover every stone in the pursuit of justice. We know how debilitating your injuries can be, and with almost 40 years of combined legal experience, we can fight on your behalf.
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