Moreno Valley Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Moreno Valley Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Nobody expects to be the victim of an accident while walking down the road or crossing the street. But pedestrians are more vulnerable than ever before thanks to the rise of distracted driving. If you or someone you know was hit by a negligent motorist, our Moreno Valley pedestrian accident attorneys can provide aggressive and compassionate representation through every stage of the claims process. More than 5,000 people have turned to our law firm in their time of need. Insurance companies throughout California know that our lawyers are skilled litigators who won’t settle for anything less than our clients deserve. To speak with a member of our team in a free case assessment, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Who Might Be Liable in a Pedestrian Accident Case?
As you might suspect, the vast majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by the negligence of either a motorist or a pedestrian; however, there are many parties who could play a role in these collisions. Sometimes multiple parties are liable for a single pedestrian injury. If this applies to your claim, you may be able to hold all defendants jointly liable for your economic damages. That means if one party does not have the insurance coverage to pay for their portion of your economic damages, you could pursue the difference from another defendant. Below is an overview of the parties that may be liable for a pedestrian accident:
- A Negligent Motorist: Distracted, drunk, and careless drivers are a hazard to everyone on the road, but they are a particularly egregious threat to pedestrians since people on foot are more difficult to see than passenger-vehicles and they have no protection whatsoever from the force of impact. If you were hit despite obeying all traffic laws, it is likely that you would have grounds for a claim against the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash. Evidence of liability may include footage from a surveillance system or dashcam, accident reconstruction expert deposition, eyewitness deposition, photos of the scene, and the police report.
- The Pedestrian: Sometimes the pedestrian is at least partially liable for these accidents. This may apply to your case if you were jaywalking or violating another traffic law; however, just because you were breaking a law doesn’t necessarily mean you were liable. And even if you were partially liable, you may still be able to obtain compensation for a portion of your damages. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Moreno Valley know what it takes to prevail in cases that involve shared liability.
- An Auto Part Manufacturer: Perhaps the vehicle that hit you had a mechanical malfunction due to a defective auto part. If so, the manufacturer of the part or another party that played a role in its development or distribution could be liable for your damages.
- A Negligent Mechanic: Some accidents can be traced back to the negligence of a mechanic. Performing inadequate maintenance, for example, or improperly installing a vehicle part could cause the driver to lose control, leading to a devastating collision.
- The Employer of the At-Fault Driver: If your crash was caused by a negligent driver, our Moreno Valley pedestrian accident attorneys can review the facts of your case to determine if you can pursue damages from their employer. If the driver was performing duties within the course and scope of their employment—for example, if you were hit by a commercial truck that was transporting goods—it may be possible to hold the trucker’s employer vicariously liable.
- A Government Entity: Some accidents are caused by improper road design, inadequate warning signage, or insufficient road maintenance. In these scenarios, a government entity may be at least partially liable for the resulting damages.
What Is a Personal Injury Journal?
One of the many steps you can take to strengthen your claim is to start a personal injury journal in which you record the facts surrounding your accident, the recovery process, and how the injuries are impacting your life. The first entry should be a detailed overview of everything you remember about the accident as well as your statements and actions since the crash happened. You should then write daily entries about the symptoms you are experiencing, their severity on a scale from 1 to 10, medication side effects, and the ways the injuries are diminishing your personal wellbeing. This journal can help you recall important details about your case during your free consultation with an attorney. It may also help your lawyer build a compelling claim for non-economic damages.
Contact Us Today to Speak with a Moreno Valley Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Navigating the legal system can be incredibly arduous, especially when the insurance adjuster is uncooperative. Our lawyers can serve as your knowledgeable and aggressive legal advocate throughout the proceedings. Message us online or dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS for a free consultation.