San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Just witnessing a pedestrian get hit by a motor vehicle can be a traumatic experience. If you or a member of your family was a victim of such an accident, you may be coping with intense mental anguish in addition to severe pain. You might also be facing an uncertain financial future due to medical bills and lost income. Our San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys are here to help you pursue the compensation you deserve from the at-fault party.
The insurance company might say that you were partially or entirely liable for the crash. Even if strong evidence exists to prove liability, you might face a dispute regarding the severity of injuries or the value of damages. Our lawyers can make sure you are treated fairly, and they won’t settle for anything less than you deserve.
During your free consultation, a member of our team will help you make informed decisions and answer any questions you have about the claims process and your case in particular. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a case assessment.
Pedestrian Accident Claims We Handle in San Francisco
- Pedestrian accidents caused by distracted drivers
- Accidents involving drunk drivers or pedestrians
- Parking lot accidents
- Accidents involving jaywalking
- Child pedestrian accidents
- Pedestrian accidents resulting in brain trauma or spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death pedestrian accidents
- Other pedestrian accident claims
What Evidence Will My Pedestrian Accident Attorney Need to Prove Negligence?
There’s no universal answer to this question since each case is unique. Driver negligence takes many forms including distracted driving, drunk driving, and failure to yield—all of which can result in devastating injuries to pedestrians.
The evidence your attorney will need to prove negligence depends on how the driver breached the duty of care owed to you. There’s an implied duty of care that all motorists owe to everyone on the road around them. They breach this duty when they fail to exercise a level of care that a reasonable person would exhibit under the same circumstances. For example, the duty of care may be breached if the driver gets behind the wheel while intoxicated, texts while driving, or commits another traffic infraction.
Depending on the circumstances, the following evidence might help your San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer prove negligence:
- The Accident Report: Because the accident caused injury, law enforcement should have attended the scene and created a police report. The content of this report may include statements from the at-fault driver and eyewitnesses; notes about the time, date, location, and weather conditions; a description of injuries and property damage; and perhaps the officer’s opinions regarding the cause of the crash. Depending on the thoroughness and accuracy of this report, it may serve as valuable evidence to prove negligence.
- Video Recordings: Thanks to the proliferation of surveillance systems and dashcams, more accidents are caught on camera than ever before. Any footage of the crash might reveal negligent conduct on the part of the driver. Such footage may also be used to prove causation and the severity of resulting injuries.
- Photographs Taken at the Scene: Any pictures of vehicle damage, injuries, and the scene might be used by an accident reconstruction expert to determine what happened in the moments leading up to the crash. If the at-fault driver or insurance company disputes liability, the deposition of an accident reconstruction expert could play an important role in corroborating your version of events.
- Eyewitness Deposition: Besides expert witness deposition, your San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney may also interview eyewitnesses to find out if their deposition would contribute to the strength of your case. Witnesses may have seen the at-fault driver using a cellphone or engaging in other negligent behavior just before the collision.
- Social Media Posts: Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents in San Francisco. Far too many motorists make a habit out of talking, texting, and posting on social media while behind the wheel. If your attorney has reason to believe the at-fault driver was using social media just prior to the accident, he or she can look for the driver’s social media profiles to find posts and comments that were published immediately before the crash.
- Cellphone Records: It’s not always easy to prove that a driver was using a cellphone behind the wheel. He or she may have lied to the police, and it’s unlikely that the driver will relinquish his or her cellphone records voluntarily. Even so, your lawyer may be able to access such records by filing a subpoena to obtain them.
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We are committed to devoting the time, effort, and resources needed to pursue the best possible outcome in every case we handle. Our comprehensive approach and proven legal strategies have resulted in more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. To speak with one of our lawyers in a free consultation, dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS or send us a message online.