Visalia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Visalia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
In the moment, few motorists consider the devastating impact of a pedestrian collision. In many cases, the driver is to blame: 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. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian collision, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation. 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.
Common Causes of Vehicle-Pedestrian Collisions
We have found that the most common forms of negligence that lead to pedestrian collisions include:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Drowsy driving
- Running red lights
- Driving without headlights
- Failing to yield to the pedestrian’s right of way
- Ignoring crossing signals
Our attorneys understand the laws binding both motorists and pedestrians and will build a case that is tailored to recouping the maximum amount of compensation. Depending on what caused the accident, we will use different tactics, from hiring an accident reconstructionist to replicate the accident scene, to proving a driver was impaired while behind the wheel.
How Will My Attorney Prove Liability in a Pedestrian Accident Case?
Many different factors can divert a driver’s focus and cause a collision with an innocent pedestrian. Depending on what caused the accident, our attorneys will use different tactics to prove liability. We understand the laws governing both motorists and pedestrians and will craft an argument that is tailored to the unique circumstances of your case. Generally, 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 It Was My Fault?
In many cases, pedestrians contribute to their accidents, for instance, by jaywalking or ignoring crossing signals. If you suspect that you were partially responsible for your accident, you may wonder whether the law would bar you from pursuing a claim. In some cases, it might. However, before you dismiss your own claim, meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss the specifics. California has a “comparative negligence” law that allows victims to recover even if they contributed to their injuries. This is how the comparative negligence law works: You can still pursue damages even if you contributed to your accident, but your recovery will be reduced. For example, if you and the other party were each 50% responsible for your accident, you can recover up to 50% of your total economic and non-economic damages. As such, if your claim is worth $10,000, you could recover $5,000. Our attorneys understand 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 routinely negotiate with insurance adjusters to minimize our clients’ liability percentages so that they can walk away with at least some compensation.
For a Free Consultation, Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS Today.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, our experience representing pedestrian 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.