Riverside Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you have been hit by a car as a pedestrian, you deserve to have your medical expenses paid for by receiving financial compensation from the negligent driver who hit you. When you work with a Riverside pedestrian accident lawyer from Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP, you give yourself the best opportunity for making this a reality.
After you have been hit, the driver may try to make it appear as if the accident were your fault. It is rare for the pedestrian to be the one at fault in these types of accidents, but it is important that you take steps to protect yourself, since the driver’s insurance company and attorney will do everything possible to reduce their liability.
A Pedestrian-Hit-by-Car Accident Can Be Devastating
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the impact of the accident can be absolutely devastating. The sheer size difference between a person and a vehicle, along with the vehicle’s weight and the speed at which it was traveling, will all factor into how severe the injuries that result are.
Common injuries in pedestrian accidents include all of the following:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries and concussions
- Bruising and swelling
- Internal bleeding
- Back and neck injuries
- Sprains and strains
Protect Your Right to Sue
While you do have the right to file a lawsuit, it is important that you begin the process as soon as possible. A Riverside pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm will help you gather the necessary evidence and build a strong case that demonstrates the other driver’s negligence in causing the accident.
Correctly Valuing Your Claim
A Riverside pedestrian accident lawyer from Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP can properly value your personal injury case, thereby ensuring that you are properly compensated for what happened. We take into consideration all aspects of your life that have been impacted by your injuries when determining what you should settle or sue for.
You could receive compensation for any expenses and damages directly related to your pedestrian accident:
- Medical bills (current and future)
- Transportation expenses (to the doctor, rehab, etc.)
- Wages lost due to an inability work
- Expenses associated with hiring a caregiver
- Any other financial losses you have suffered as a result of the accident
Suing the Right Party
Your Riverside pedestrian accident lawyer will determine who was responsible for your accident. This is critical because the only way to receive compensation is to prove negligence or fault.
After being in a pedestrian-hit-by-car accident, you may think it is obvious who you need to sue; however, this is not always the case. For example, a passenger could have partial negligence, the driver could have been working for an employer at the time of the crash, or a government entity could be partly responsible due to dangerous road conditions.
We can investigate the circumstances of your accident, identify all negligent parties, and name them in your lawsuit.
Statute of Limitations in California
You only have two years in which to file a civil lawsuit against the negligent party that caused your pedestrian accident. If you wait to sue the driver until you are fully recovered, you may inadvertently wait too long. Once the statute of limitations has been reached, your case can be thrown out of court without it ever being heard.
If this happens, you will be at a severe disadvantage because without the threat of going to court, the other party will have little motivation to negotiate with you or make a settlement offer.
Additionally, if you were hit by a government vehicle, you should call us immediately. In California, you only have six months to start the process when a government agency is involved, and you must first file an administrative claim with the agency before going to court. We can assist with this process.
Wrongful Death from a Pedestrian Accident
In some cases, the injuries sustained in a pedestrian-hit-by-car accident are severe enough to cause the pedestrian to either die at the scene or as a result of the injuries later. If your loved one has died after being hit by a car, motorcycle, or truck, you have the right to hire an attorney and file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s estate.
Only people with a particular relationship to the deceased may file a wrongful death lawsuit in California:
- The spouse or domestic partner
- Children (a guardian will need to sue on their behalf if they are minors)
- Someone in line to inherit the estate—siblings, for example
- Stepchildren or parents who can prove they were dependent upon the deceased for financial support
If you are unsure of whether you are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit, speak with a Riverside pedestrian accident lawyer from our office about the nature of your relationship with the deceased and what, if any, financial dependency you had.
Schedule a Consultation
Being hit by a car as a pedestrian can change your life for the worse in an instant—both physically and financially. To give yourself the best opportunity for receiving a favorable financial settlement, speak with a Riverside pedestrian accident lawyer at Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP. We can answer your questions, build a strong case, and help you recover the financial damages that will enable you to move on from an unfortunate accident.
To schedule your free case evaluation, fill out the form below or call us at 1-844-404-2400.