It goes without saying that pedestrian accidents are likely to result in catastrophic injuries. But many people underestimate the profound impact that such an event can have on their career, relationships, and financial future. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in San Diego understand the adversity faced by victims and their families, and we’re ready to help you pursue compensation for any damages you’ve incurred.
The at-fault party might be liable for your medical bills and lost income as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Our attorneys can maximize the potential value of your claim by performing a thorough investigation, consulting with medical and financial experts, and exploring all possible sources of compensation. We won’t settle for anything less than you deserve.
To set up a free, no-obligation case review, dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS. If you’re unable to come to us, we can come to you.
Types of Pedestrian Accident Cases Our Lawyers Handle:
- Alcohol-related pedestrian accidents
- Distracted driving accidents involving pedestrians
- Accidents involving drivers who were breaking the speed limit
- Failure-to-yield accidents
- Pedestrian accidents involving 18-wheelers, scooters, and government vehicles
- Injuries to pedestrians who were jaywalking
- Parking lot accidents involving pedestrians
- Injuries to child pedestrians
- Pedestrian accidents resulting in catastrophic injury
- Pedestrian accident wrongful death claims
- Other pedestrian accident cases
What Evidence Might Contribute to My Claim?
Each pedestrian accident case is unique. The types of evidence used in one claim could be very different from the next. For this reason, it’s important that you turn to an experienced pedestrian accident attorney who will know the most strategic way to perform the investigation given the facts of your case.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand how to tailor our legal strategies to the unique circumstances of each pedestrian accident claim. We will conduct an immediate investigation to compile any time-sensitive evidence, and if necessary, we can bring in experts to provide testimony, and file subpoenas to obtain evidence that’s being withheld.
Below are just a few examples of evidence we might use to strengthen your case:
- The Police Report: California law requires a car accident to be reported if it results in an injury or death. If police attended the scene, their report might serve as valuable evidence. It should contain details about the apparent cause of the crash, any injuries suffered, and perhaps statements from witnesses. Both the insurance company and your San Diego pedestrian accident attorney will review the police report during their investigation.
- Chemical Test Results: Drunk driving contributes to a significant number of pedestrian injuries in California. If the motorist who hit you was impaired, your lawyer might use chemical test results to prove negligence and liability (and perhaps to justify an award of punitive damages).
- Cell Phone Records: Distracted driving is a leading cause of pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, cell phone service providers don’t always relinquish their records voluntarily. Our attorneys won’t hesitate to file a subpoena to obtain the at-fault driver’s cell phone records if we believe they might contribute to your claim.
- Surveillance Footage: If the incident happened in front of a business establishment, it might have been captured by a surveillance camera. It’s also common for certain residential complexes to have surveillance systems. If there’s a dispute regarding liability, this footage might serve as critical evidence of fault.
- Eyewitness Testimony: We might speak with the people who witnessed the crash and perhaps ask them to provide testimony.
- Expert Witness Testimony: Because the injuries resulting from these accidents tend to be severe, it’s not uncommon for the testimony of medical and economic experts to play a role in the proceedings. Our attorneys may use their testimony to prove the severity of your injuries and the total value of any future medical bills and lost earning capacity.
- Photos of Property Damage, Skid Marks, and Injuries: If the driver was speeding but denies doing so, any photos of property damage, skid marks, and injuries might be used to prove negligence.
While the evidence listed above can help your lawyer prove negligence and liability, your attorney will also need to prove damages. Depending on the circumstances, you might be entitled to compensation for compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages include both the objectively verifiable losses (economic damages) and intangible losses (non-economic damages) resulting from the crash. Examples include healthcare bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Punitive damages may be available if the driver intentionally hit you, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or fled the scene.
Our San Diego pedestrian accident lawyers can make sure your claim accounts for all damages you might be owed. If the insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement, we’re not afraid to take your case to court.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation with a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in San Diego
During your free case review, a member of our team will listen to your story, provide answers to your questions, and help you make informed decisions. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or send us a message to get started.