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Perris Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
California suffers some of the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities in the nation, the vast majority of which are caused by distracted or impaired driving. Our Perris pedestrian accident lawyers know the adversity victims of these accidents face as they struggle to heal physically, emotionally, and financially.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian collision, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation with a pedestrian accident attorney. Throughout the years, we have won more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts and have a track record of success in pedestrian accident cases. 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.
How Will My Attorney Prove Liability?
A variety of factors can divert a driver’s focus and result in catastrophic accidents. 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 at the time of the crash. 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. However, generally speaking, your lawyer will look for the following evidence:
- Footage of the accident, from dashcam recordings to traffic light cameras
- A copy of the accident report
- The driver’s cell phone records
- Photos of the accident scene
- Photos of your injuries
- Eyewitness testimony
- Expert witness opinions
What If I Was Jaywalking? Can I Still Recover?
If you were jaywalking when you were hit, you might wonder whether you can still successfully sue the driver. Before you dismiss your claim as futile, meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss the specifics.
In California, the law of “comparative negligence” entitles you to pursue damages even if you contributed to your accident – however, the driver only has to pay the percentage to which he or she was at fault. For example, if you were 60% responsible for your accident and the liable party was 40% responsible, you can recover up to 40% of your total economic and non-economic damages.
Steps to Take After a Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision
If you’ve been hit by a car, act quickly to preserve evidence that can support your claim.
- Call 911. Beyond creating a record of the victim’s injuries, this will ensure that you immediately get the treatment you need.
- Speak with the driver. While speaking with the at-fault driver is undoubtedly the last thing you want to do, it is critical to obtain his or her name, contact information, and insurance information before you lose the opportunity to do so.
- Document the accident and injuries. While the incident is still unfolding, take as many photos and videos as you can, capturing the vehicles involved, the crosswalk or intersection, resulting property damage, and your injuries.
- Track down eyewitnesses. Approach any known eyewitnesses to gather names and contact information. Their accounts of the accident may be critical down the road.
- Seek a full medical examination. Even if you feel that you have emerged from the incident unscathed, it is vital to still undergo a full evaluation by a medical professional to check for hidden injuries.
For a Free Consultation, Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS Today
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, our experience representing accident victims throughout California positions us to help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries and other losses. Throughout the years, we have helped injured clients collectively recover more than $300 million in damages. A member of our legal team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions. Call us at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or send us a message online. If you cannot make it to our office, we will come to you.