San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorney in San Diego, California
San Diego is a beautiful city that is constantly in motion. The roads and sidewalks are always filled, especially on nice sunny days. Many people enjoy walking because it gives them a chance to clear their heads or provides some much-needed exercise. While there are a lot of benefits and a beautiful landscape to enjoy when walking in San Diego, the heavy traffic can also have a downside. Unlike people in passenger vehicles or even motorcycle riders with protective gear, pedestrians have little to no protection in the event of an accident.
Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable during an accident. Even a minor accident can result in severe injuries that impact their quality of life. At Setareh Law, we are committed to helping you through this difficult time. We have handled numerous accident claims across the state of California, and we are proud to be able to use that experience and our resources to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in San Diego
No one expects to leave their home and get into an accident. Most people try to be safe on the road and be aware of their surroundings. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid an accident. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Intoxicated drivers
- Drivers under the influence of marijuana
- Unmarked intersections
- Failing to adhere to traffic signs
- Disobeying traffic control devices
- Failing to yield-right-of-way
- Electribe bike or electric scooter accidents
- Cell phone distractions
There are laws in place meant to protect drivers and pedestrians. When those laws are violated or someone behaves recklessly, that puts everyone at risk. However, pedestrians often suffer the worst because they are struck by a heavy and large vehicle with no protection. A minor fender bender for those inside a car may result in cuts and bruises, but a pedestrian is more likely to suffer severe or even fatal injuries.
Who Is At Fault for a San Diego Pedestrian Accident?
Recovering damages for any injuries or accident-related losses requires proving that one or more other parties are at fault for the accident. Establishing who’s at fault and, therefore, liable for damages is often more complicated than it may appear because more than one party can be liable. Even if there is only one liable party, establishing their fault in the accident requires extensive investigation and resources to build a strong claim.
Parties who may be liable for a pedestrian accident include:
A common form of driver negligence is traffic violations such as speeding, which can lead to them colliding with a pedestrian. Drivers, motorcyclists, truck drivers, and others on the road are held to a higher standard of care when it comes to pedestrian accidents because they can inflict the most damage. When any motorist fails to follow traffic laws or drive safely, they breach their duty of care, which in turn, means they are legally responsible for covering the damages in your claim.
Typically when people think of pedestrian accidents, they picture a car striking a pedestrian. However, as mentioned, a pedestrian accident can also result from a motorcycle, bike, truck, and even bus striking a pedestrian. It’s also possible that another pedestrian may cause or contributed to the accident. Another pedestrian may bump into you, knocking you into traffic or into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, liability may fall entirely on the pedestrian or both the pedestrian and the oncoming vehicle.
Local Government Entities
Pedestrian safety largely depends on the local government’s infrastructure development, construction, or maintenance. Infrastructure includes crosswalks, sidewalks, traffic signals, and stop signs, which are meant to help control the flow of traffic and keep everyone safe. When there are indicators of damage to the infrastructure or lack of maintenance to keep things up to standard, the local municipalities (city, country, or state) may be proven negligent and can be held liable.
Pursuing a claim against a local municipality can prove to be even more challenging than a standard claim because it means facing large entities with excellent legal representation. At Setareh Law, we are prepared to handle your case, regardless of how complicated your claim may be. Our goal is to fight for your right to compensation so you can move forward.
Compensation You Can Collect After a San Diego Pedestrian Accident
At Setareh Law, we understand that your injuries and your accident impacted your life, and you deserve to be compensated for your pain and losses. We will work to understand how the accident impacted your life and health to ensure you recover maximum compensation. Common damages you may be able to recover include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
- Punitive/exemplary damages
While establishing the existence of and need for certain damages is more straightforward than others, it’s still necessary to work with an experienced attorney who can make sure you don’t accept any offers that are less than you deserve. The legal team at Setareh Law knows how insurance companies operate and have the resources and skills to aggressively pursue the fair compensation you are owed.
Contact Our San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at Setareh Law
Setareh Law is a highly regarded, accomplished personal injury law firm determined to help you fight maximum compensation. We understand how difficult it can be to recover and deal with the aftermath of a pedestrian accident. We will work to ensure you feel confident in your legal representation, giving you the room to focus on your health and other matters in your life.
Our firm is proud to help the community of San Diego, including those who speak Spanish.