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California Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

As experienced California pedestrian accident lawyers, we know how to attain the maximum compensation for injuries and deaths caused by negligent drivers.

The May Firm accident lawyers have extensive expertise and knowledge in pedestrian accident cases. As a result, we have been able to recover large settlements on behalf of our clients. Whether the accident involves a truck, auto, motorcycle or bike, The May Firm has access to resources to conduct the most thorough investigations. Medical specialists in all fields are available to lend solid support of diagnosis, prognosis and, when applicable, cause of death.

California’s comparative negligence laws allow for shared responsibility between the pedestrian and the driver. Comparative negligence means that it is possible to collect for damages even if the pedestrian was partially negligent when the accident occurred. Comparative negligence only works when there is also contributing negligence on the part of the driver. Pedestrian accidents are complex and there are usually differing versions of what led to the accident.

A thorough independent investigation is necessary to ascertain all the facts and reconstruct the accident. Our California pedestrian accident lawyers investigate each case on behalf of our clients. On many occasions, the police will prepare a report adverse to the pedestrian based solely on the statement of the driver. This typically occurs if the pedestrian is injured and unavailable to provide a statement at the scene of the accident. The May Firm has also seen cases which the statement provided by the injured pedestrian was obtained while they are in a hospital being treated for serious injuries and under the influence of narcotics provided. The May Firm is here to help, and we will do what we can to ensure you are not placed at fault for an accident that occurred due to another’s negligence.

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Pedestrian Accidents Lead to Serious Injuries

Pedestrian accidents lead to very serious injuries and even death. Some injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents are back injuries, head trauma, traumatic brain injuries, and many other debilitating injuries. Many pedestrian accident injuries result in long-term impairment. This fact is not surprising when the weight of the vehicle is compared to the weight of a pedestrian. Vehicles have much more weight and force than pedestrians, and in the event of a collision it is the pedestrian who will be severely injured.

Injuries that are the result of a pedestrian versus motor vehicle accident may cause death. If a pedestrian who is hit by car dies, the guarantors of the deceased individual’s estate can file a wrongful death suit and claim monetary damages. Even motorcycle versus pedestrian accidents can be deadly, depending on speed and the place of bodily impact. Bicycles, while not generally lethal when hitting pedestrians, can cause severe injuries to the pedestrian including head trauma, broken bones and spinal injuries.

It’s crucial to arrange an immediate consultation to initiate the claims process. The May Firm's top-rated pedestrian accident attorneys are prepared to help you from start to finish. We will ensure that all necessary measures are taken to achieve the fullest compensation possible for the injuries you have sustained. We work at no out-of-pocket fee to our clients, because when we take a case, we take it on with the confidence that it will be won.


Some pedestrian car accident statistics published by the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) in 2008 are evidence for the need of more awareness regarding pedestrian safety.

  • According to NHTSA’s report, one pedestrian is killed in traffic every two hours.
  • In addition, one pedestrian sustains injury from traffic every 8 minutes.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 pedestrian fatalities happen when weather is not a contributing factor.

Pedestrians can be involved in accidents that result in injury or death even when they are being very alert and following every rule. It is not as easy to be a defensive pedestrian as it is to be a defensive driver. It is much more difficult to get out of the way when there is a sudden, errant move on the part of a driver. Similarly, the body cannot take the impact of a collision with a moving vehicle the same as a car’s fender can sustain an impact. The human body doesn’t forgive that sort of forceful contact. To learn more about pedestrian death statistics go to NHTSA’s website.

Tips to Prevent Pedestrian Car Accidents

Pedestrian must be aware of numerous potential dangers to look out for while walking near a roadway. Whether the pedestrian is walking or jogging, any vehicle that is in motion can become an immediate threat to the pedestrian. Besides cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and public transportation vehicles are also involved in pedestrian accidents. It only takes a second of distraction, or one negligent action, for an accident to happen.

Buses are at risk of causing pedestrian accidents by sometimes pulling into and out of bus stops at a high rate of speed. It is also not uncommon for buses to stop beyond the perimeters of the bus stop at times, putting pedestrians beyond the bus stop perimeter at risk. Emergency vehicles pose a great risk when they are responding to a call. Police, rescue and fire vehicles sometimes forfeit safety for a better response time. Speeding to reach their destinations makes it much less likely that they will be able to stop for a pedestrian who steps or falls into traffic.

Pedestrians should follow rules of safety at all times in an effort to prevent being struck by a vehicle. While there is no guarantee that an accident will not happen, adhering to suggested safety guidelines greatly reduces the likelihood of being considered negligent in the event that an accident does occur.

Some tips to follow for pedestrian safety are:
  • When walking or jogging, stop at the end of every block and look in both directions before crossing the road. A majority of pedestrian fatalities occur at a crosswalk, so be observant.
  • Wait for traffic to come to a complete stop before attempting to cross. Oncoming traffic is a great a risk to pedestrians.
  • Do not wear headphones or use your cell phone when approaching intersections and crosswalks. It is important to be able to hear a vehicle that is approaching.
  • You must be alert to sounds like horns, shouts, sudden braking and accelerations, etc.
  • Do not cross an intersection unless you are in a cross walk, and follow cross walk signals.
  • Do not text while walking.

The dangers of texting while crossing an intersection are very serious. Be sure your vision is not compromised by objects that may obscure your ability to clearly see possible oncoming vehicles. Do not walk while under the influence of alcohol or drugs- walking while intoxicated increases the odds of being injured as a pedestrian. It is extremely to stay on the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk in the direction that allows you to face oncoming traffic.

Contact a California Pedestrian Accident Attorney

In the event that you are a pedestrian and injured in an accident, call The May Firm to schedule a free consultation. We will evaluate your case and determine if there is cause to initiate a claim. You may be able to recover damages for all accumulative lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any additional expenses that resulted due to the accident.

Pedestrian car accident injuries are serious and require a dedicated and a qualified pedestrian injury attorney. The May Firm attorneys have received numerous awards for their successful efforts handling pedestrian injury claims. The May Firm has offices in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Diego, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Bakersfield, and Fresno. Regardless of where you live in California, The May Firm is here to help.

It’s important to take immediate steps to fully protect your rights. The May Firm's attorneys work vigorously on your behalf. We represent our clients at no out-of-pocket fees, because we believe that no victim should have to pay the consequences of another’s negligent behavior. Put The May Firm's expertise on your side. Contact The May Firm today for a free pedestrian accident case review. The experienced May Firm accident attorneys will help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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