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El Cerrito Pedestrian Accident Attorney

El Cerrito Pedestrian Accident Attorney

California has some of the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities in the nation, the vast majority of which are caused by distracted or impaired driving. Our El Cerrito pedestrian accident lawyers know the adversity victims of these accidents face, from a profound impact on their careers and finances to the debilitating pain and emotional trauma involved in the treatment and recovery process.

Common Causes of Vehicle-Pedestrian Collisions 

Texting while driving, driving while impaired, disregarding traffic laws, and generally failing to use reasonable care while behind the wheel can have a deadly impact on pedestrians lawfully using a crosswalk. We have found that the most common forms of negligence that lead to pedestrian collisions include the following:

  • Distracted driving 
  • Impaired driving
  • Drowsy driving 
  • Speeding  
  • Running red lights 
  • Driving without headlights 
  • Failing to yield to the pedestrian’s right of way 
  • Ignoring crossing signals 

How Will My Attorney Prove Liability?

A range of factors and behaviors can cauase a catastrophic pedestrian accident. Depending on what caused the accident, our attorneys will use different tactics, from hiring an accident reconstructionist to replicate the accident scene, to proving a driver’s intoxication or impairment. We understand the laws governing both motorists and pedestrians and will build an argument that is tailored to the unique circumstances of your case. Your attorney’s approach will depend on several factors, from what caused your accident, to where it happened and whether the police attended the accident scene.

Can I Still Recover If I Was Jaywalking?

If you were hit by a driver when you were jaywalking, you may wonder whether the law would bar you from pursuing a claim. In some cases, it might. However, before you dismiss your claim as futile, meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss the specifics, especially in light of California’s pure comparative negligence law – one that tends to be a bit friendlier to accident victims.  California law entitles you to pursue damages even if you contributed to your accident – but your recovery will be reduced. For example, if you were 50% responsible for your accident and the liable party was 50% responsible, you can recover up to 50% of your total economic and non-economic damages.   Our attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of the laws impacting injured pedestrians and we have a track record of success pursuing favorable outcomes for our clients, even when they are partially at fault. We are equipped to negotiate with insurance adjusters to minimize your percentage of fault as much as possible and to help you walk away with the compensation you need to be made whole.

For a Free Consultation, Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS Today.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian collision in El Cerritogive us a call. Our team is available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we can come to you if you are unable to travel. Give us a call at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to get started.