Fresno Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Fresno Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Fresno Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

You have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party if you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident. Call us today for a free consultation.

Pedestrian accidents can cause very severe injuries. Accidents involving pedestrians are very common in California.  We understand that pedestrian accidents can lead to very severe trauma, along with the financial burden of treating injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident due to another’s negligence, you have the right to hold those responsible accountable. You have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys aggressively fight for your rights to make sure that you receive the help you deserve. We have been representing pedestrians who have been injured in various types of accidents for decades.

Our top-rated Fresno law firm offers free no risk consultations, where we will review the facts of your case and determine who the defendants are. Pedestrian accidents can involve multiple defendants, and our experienced attorneys will investigate your legal claim with our top-rated accident reconstructionists. These types of accidents can be very complex, that is why it is very important to hire an experienced accident attorney to navigate through the legal process and make sure that all the paperwork has been timely filed.  We negotiate with insurance companies so you don’t have to.

National Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the National Center for Health Statistics:

  • Around 8,000 pedestrians died in traffic And non-traffic accidents in the year 2021  in the United States.
  • 6,500 of those deaths involved car accidents on public roads and freeways.
  • 80% of pedestrian accident fatalities occurred in populated cities. 
  • Pedestrian accident fatalities were most likely to occur on a Saturday.
  • Pedestrian accident fatalities were most likely to occur between the hours of 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • The least pedestrian accident fatalities occurred on a Tuesday.
  • Pedestrian fatalities were most likely to occur at non intersection roads.

What are the most common injuries in pedestrian accidents in California?

Pedestrians can suffer a variety of severe injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neck injury
  • Concussions
  • Head injury
  • Abrasions
  • Wrongful death

Do pedestrians have the right-of-way in California?

In California, pedestrians only have the right of way at a specified crosswalk or at an intersection. Even if the crosswalk for the pedestrian is not marked, the pedestrian still has the right of way. California laws suggest that the pedestrian make eye contact with the vehicle driver prior to entering the intersection.

Who has the right-of-way: pedestrians or cars?

California laws require that cars yield to pedestrians once a pedestrian has started to walk across the crosswalk. Therefore, the minute that the pedestrian enters the crosswalk, they have the right of way.

Can a pedestrian walk on any road in California?

Pedestrians only have the right-of-way at intersections and crosswalks. These are designated areas, and does not mean that pedestrians have the right-of-way at every road. For example, a pedestrian can only walk on the left edge of the roads where there are businesses or residences.

Should I wait until the pedestrian completely crosses the street in California?

The common misconception is that vehicle drivers must wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the intersection in order to enter the intersection. However, California law does not require a driver to wait for the pedestrian to fully exit the crosswalk in order to proceed. California laws only require that the vehicle driver wait until it is safe to turn. This means leaving a reasonable distance between the pedestrian and the vehicle.

What happens if you hit a pedestrian in California?

If you hit a pedestrian in California, you could face both civil and criminal liability. The pedestrian has the right to file an individual civil lawsuit against you for their injuries suffered. You could also be charged criminally with reckless driving if you have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

What if the pedestrian caused the accident?

California has pure comparative fault laws when it comes to liability of parties in accidents. This means that if a pedestrian were to file a lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle, and the pedestrian was found to be liable themselves, the pedestrian’s compensation will be reduced depending on the percentage of liability. For example, if the pedestrian illegally crossed the street, or abruptly ran into the street, and the pedestrian was found to be 20% liable for their injuries, then they will only be able to recover 80% of their damages from the defendant. California laws make sure that the pedestrian still recovers damages even though they themselves might have been negligent.

What kind of compensation could I receive for my pedestrian accident injuries in California?

There are a variety of damages you could receive for your pedestrian accident injuries. Keep in mind that these damages vary depending on the circumstances of the accident, the severity of the injuries, the parties involved, the medical bills plaintiffs suffered. The different types of compensation include:

  • Lost wages: this includes past lost wages that the victim missed out on while in the hospital and out of office, along with any future lost wages if the victim now suffers permanent injuries.
  • Medical bills: this includes the medical bills used to treat the injuries, along with any other future medical care the pedestrian may need.
  • Pain and suffering: this refers to the emotional trauma the pedestrian suffered, including anxiety and depression.

How do attorneys prove pedestrian accident liability?

It is very important to prove negligence and liability in pedestrian accident claims. Our pedestrian accident attorneys use a variety of different types of evidence to make sure that liability is clear for defendants. Examples of evidence we use to prove liability include:

  • Camera footage: especially if the pedestrian accident occurred at an intersection or public road, there is most likely a street camera or a private business camera installed nearby.
  • Police reports: police should be called to the scene immediately after the accident in order to create a police report. In the police reports, the police will include information such as parties involved.
  • Vehicle surveillance footage: nowadays, many vehicles are equipped with dashboard cameras. This will be used to show negligence on behalf of the driver.
  • Medical records: the pedestrian’s medical records will be used to show what type of injuries the pedestrian suffered, along with the amount of compensation the plaintiff is seeking for their injuries.

How much do our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys’ cost?

Our top-rated pedestrian accident attorneys work on a contingency basis. While other attorneys may work and charge their clients hourly, we understand that after going through a pedestrian accident, many may not be financially ready to hire an attorney. That is why we work on a contingency fee basis. Our clients can heal from their injuries while we pursue their claims for them. We do not collect any fees until we win a judgment or settlement in their favor.

How can Megeredchian Law help me with my pedestrian accident injury lawsuit?

  1. Our accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will not collect any fees from our clients upfront unless we win.
  2. We strive to make sure that our clients are constantly informed regarding the updates of their case.
  3. We provide individualized attention to every case, focusing on gathering as much evidence as possible.
  4. Our attorneys have over three decades of combined experience in helping victims recover compensation for their injuries suffered due to the negligence of another party.
  5. We are available 24/7 via phone and email, and have offices conveniently located in Fresno County area. 
  6.  Our attorneys have a consistent record of success pursuing claims for our clients in several different types of accidents, including car accidents, bus accidents, truck accidents, etc.

When should I file my pedestrian accident injury lawsuit?

In California, pedestrian accident injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of the injury.

We understand that going through a pedestrian accident can be a very traumatic experience, especially if there are multiple parties involved that caused the injury.  Our accident attorneys are available to take on all the claims associated with your case to make sure that you are compensated fairly. We have been helping California residents receive compensation for decades. Call us today to book a free no obligation consultation.

Direccion: 1444 Fulton St. Fresno, CA 93721

Teléfono: (559) 212-3317