San Diego Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

San Diego is well-known for its year-round tourism, commerce, and recreational activities and attracts a significant number of tourists and pedestrians who travel along the city’s streets and crosswalks regularly. Amid the bustling city streets and crosswalks is a looming threat to tourists and pedestrians alike: motor vehicles. Motor vehicles can pose a significant risk to the safety of pedestrians and unfortunately, negligent motorists are a leading cause of pedestrian accidents across California.  

Our team of San Diego pedestrian accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm have the experience to navigate the complexities of pedestrian accident cases. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that a pedestrian accident can have on a victim and their family and are committed to advocating for your rights, holding negligent parties responsible, and helping you secure the compensation that you deserve after an accident. Call The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE consultation. It could be the best call you make. 

Should I Hire an Attorney After a Pedestrian Accident?

After a pedestrian accident, immediately contacting your insurance company may seem like the best option – after all you are hurt and have medical bills to pay. However, an insurance company won’t always have your best interests in mind. They are known to offer less money than a victim is entitled to so that the case can be closed quickly.  

Before speaking with any insurance company, you should consult with an experienced pedestrian injury attorney at The Barnes Firm. Our team of San Diego pedestrian accident attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience and will work hard to get you the best result possible.  

When you choose The Barnes Firm, our San Diego pedestrian accident attorneys will: 

  • Evaluate your case free of charge. 
  • Gather evidence to support your claim, such as witness statements, police reports, and medical records. 
  • Navigate the insurance claims process and negotiate with insurance adjusters to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages. 
  • Help you understand your legal options and the potential outcomes of your case. 
  • Advise you on the status of your case and help you make informed decisions about settlement offers, or if necessary, taking your case to trial. 

For a free initial consultation or to find out what your case is really worth, call The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000 

Understanding The Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

There are various types of pedestrian accidents. In most cases, the cause of pedestrian accidents can be linked to careless, impatient, or intoxicated drivers and motorists.  

Common Causes and Types of Pedestrian Accidents Include: 

  • Vehicles Backing Up. When vehicle drivers do not look before backing up, they may hit a pedestrian walking behind their vehicle.  
  • Construction Worker or Play Area Accidents. When drivers neglect to pay attention, they may strike construction workers on the roadside or children who play in the streets of residential areas. 
  • Failure to Yield at Crosswalks. If a motorist fails to yield at a crosswalk, they may hit pedestrians using the crosswalk. 
  • Turning Vehicles at Intersections. Intersections are notorious hotspots for pedestrian accidents. When a vehicle is turning, the driver may neglect paying attention to potential oncoming pedestrians and hit them. 
  • Off-Road Accidents with Pedestrians. This is usually associated with distracted or intoxicated driving and happens when drivers go off the road and jump a curb, often driving up onto sidewalks where they hit unknowing pedestrians.  
  • Multiple Threat Accidents. When one vehicle stops for pedestrians, but other vehicles in the same direction do not, it can lead to the pedestrian being hit, as well as a multivehicle car accident. 
  • Speeding. Speeding drivers require more stopping distance and may not be able to brake in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian. 
  • Illegal Or Unsafe Turns. This can result in pedestrians being struck when trying to cross the road.  
  • Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol: Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol causes the driver to have impaired decision making and decreased reaction time when operating a motor vehicle. This causes an increased risk for the intoxicated driver to strike and harm a pedestrian. 
  • Distracted Driving: This includes texting, calling, or engaging in any other activity that distracts a driver while they should be paying attention to the road and their surroundings. Distracted driving leads to an increased risk of pedestrians being struck.  

Regardless of the type of pedestrian accident you were involved in, The Barnes Firm is here to help you get the best result possible. From the initial phone conversation through to the final settlement, our team of San Diego pedestrian accident lawyers will work hard for you every step of the way. If you have suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident because of a negligent driver, contact The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000 for a free case evaluation.  

Injuries Caused by San Diego Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to life-changing disabilities, depending on the severity of the accident. These injuries can be costly to treat and can result in lost wages, pain and suffering, and a reduced quality of life. It is estimated that roughly 100,000 emergency room visits are caused by pedestrian accidents each year. Common pedestrian accident injuries include, but are not limited to: 

It is crucial for anyone involved in a pedestrian accident to seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of head or internal injuries may not immediately appear and can create long-term issues if not evaluated and treated correctly. At The Barnes Firm, our San Diego pedestrian accident lawyers understand the impact these injuries can have on your life and are committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000 and ask to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. 

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What To Do if You've Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident

If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, our attorneys recommend taking the following steps to protect your own rights and aid your claim: 

  • Get to a safe area 
  • Contact emergency services (9-1-1) 
  • Capture video footage or photo evidence of the accident scene 
  • Exchange insurance and personal information with all parties involved 
  • Collect witness statements 
  • Request a copy of the police report before leaving the scene 
  • Seek immediate medical attention 
  • Contact The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000 

Pedestrian Rights in California

Under the California Vehicle Code, pedestrians are entitled to the following rights for their protection: 

  • Vehicle Code 21950: This outlines California crosswalk and pedestrian laws. It states that vehicles must yield right of way to a pedestrian crossing the road within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Pedestrians must practice care and cannot suddenly step off the curb or walk or run into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Pedestrians also cannot unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while crossing the street. 
  • Vehicle Code 21955: If a crosswalk is present, pedestrians must stay within the crosswalk when crossing at an intersection. 
  • Vehicle Code 21456: Pedestrians must follow pedestrian control signals. 
  • Vehicle Code 21954: Crossing the street not in a marked crosswalk or intersection is permitted; however, pedestrians must yield right-of-way to vehicles in this case. Pedestrians cannot cross in front of a vehicle close enough to be an immediate hazard. 

How Long Does The Legal Process Typically Take For Pedestrian Accident Cases in San Diego?

The legal process for pedestrian accident cases in San Diego can vary in length depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Factors such as the severity of injuries, the case’s complexity, and whether a settlement is reached outside of court can all impact the timeline. Typically, these cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years to resolve. It’s important to work with an experienced San Diego pedestrian accident attorney at The Barnes Firm who can guide you through the process and provide an accurate estimate of how long your case may take. 

At The Barnes Firm, our experienced attorneys will work tirelessly to help you get the financial compensation you deserve for your pedestrian accident case. Contact us at (800) 800-0000 for more information and a free case evaluation today.  

Liability in Pedestrian Accidents

Liability in pedestrian accident cases can be a complex issue. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in San Diego, it is important to understand the legal process and your rights as a pedestrian. In pedestrian accidents, liability is determined by several factors, including the actions of both the pedestrian and the driver involved in the accident. An experienced attorney can help you determine who is at fault and what damages you may be entitled to receive. In some cases, both the driver and the pedestrian can be found negligent. Under California’s comparative fault rules, even if the pedestrian is partially at-fault, they can still collect damages for the accident. 

At The Barnes Firm, we have over 100 years of combined experience representing victims of pedestrian accidents in San Diego. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us at (800) 800-0000 for a free case evaluation. We will listen to your account of what happened, answer your questions, and provide you with the guidance you need to move forward with your case. 

What Compensation Can I Receive After a San Diego Pedestrian Accident?

After a pedestrian accident, the compensation you can recover will depend on the severity of your accident and injuries. Our attorneys may be able to help you recover the following damages after an accident:  

  • Lost wages 
  • Medical costs 
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Property damage 
  • Lost future earnings 
  • And more… 

Call a San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today

At The Barnes Firm, our attorneys know that all San Diego pedestrians have the right to a safe roadway. Unfortunately, the negligence of motorists causes pedestrian accidents to occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000 to speak with one of our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys.  

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