Orange County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
When it comes to a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian, it’s clear who’s going to end up with the most serious injuries. Fortunately, an Orange County pedestrian accident attorney can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Unfortunately, many drivers fail to yield to pedestrians, even when walkers have the right-of-way in a clearly marked crosswalk. This oversight often leads to significant physical and emotional trauma that can have a lasting impact on a victim’s life.
If you are unsure of the steps you need to take in order to ensure that the person who is responsible for your injuries covers the costs, call an accomplished Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP. Our highly experienced litigators are prepared to bring your case to a successful resolution so you are able to recover a little more easily.
Responsibility in Orange County Pedestrian Collisions
When you’ve been hit by a motor vehicle, it’s fairly easy to assume that the person at fault is the driver of the vehicle that hit you. More often than not, this is true. However, in some cases, perfectly safe drivers can also become victims when their vehicles or the roadways fail them.
When a Driver Is at Fault
The driver will always be considered at fault if he or she wasn’t driving safely. One poor driving practice that is steadily becoming more common is distracted driving. This is when a driver’s attention is focused on something other than the road; it could be a cell phone, navigation system, passenger conversation, beverage, or even a simple change of the radio station.
Drivers may also be liable for your injuries if they were driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if they were driving while fatigued. Equally as dangerous are the drivers who think they own the road—driving aggressively by making improper lane changes, running stop signs and red lights, speeding, and failing to yield in a crosswalk.
When the Driver Is Free of Blame
If a part on the vehicle involved in your Orange County pedestrian accident malfunctioned in some way, despite the driver doing his or her part to maintain your safety, a manufacturer or other company could be named in your claim for compensation.
Vehicle parts manufacturers have a duty to install quality parts, and if they failed to report a recalled part or knowingly installed a faulty part, they could be held responsible for their negligence.
Less commonly, a governmental road authority could ultimately be the cause of your injuries if it didn’t install proper street signs or traffic lights, fix large potholes in a timely manner, secure road construction zones, or clear large debris. In California, suing the government will give us just six months to bring forward a claim, according to the statute of limitations.
Your pedestrian accident lawyer in Orange County will have experience investigating accidents like these. We will be sure to hold each and every person or entity who played a role in your accident accountable for their actions.
The Impact of Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries
There are probably few areas of your life that haven’t been affected by the trauma of your Orange County pedestrian accident. We generally include the following damages in the calculation of your estimated compensation award:
- Loss of income
- Lost future earnings
- Hospital bills
- Prescription medicines
- Rehabilitative services
- Therapeutic services
- Medical equipment
- Accommodations for medical equipment
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
In cases in which we can prove gross negligence or willful disregard for your safety, we may even be able to seek punitive damages, which could drastically increase your award amount. This is in no way an exhaustive list of losses, and any loss tied to the negligence of the other party should be accounted for.
Consult with an Orange County Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Don’t worry about the financial impact of your injuries if you don’t have to. Working with an experienced attorney at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP can increase your chances of successfully determining fault for your injuries and recovering compensation for the damages you have suffered.
We will work diligently to secure the compensation you need to be able to recover without the burden of increasing expenses. You can schedule your free consultation with an Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer today by filling out the form at the bottom of this page or simply giving us a call at 1-844-404-2400.