Unfortunately, far too many pedestrians are injured every year in Santa Barbara and across California. The rising number of individuals who are hurt in accidents like this results in an increasing number of personal injury claims. Many pedestrians who have been hurt in a vehicle accident due to another driver's careless or reckless behavior feel as though they have no choice but to pursue legal action against the responsible driver. After an accident, contact an award winning Santa Barbara pedestrian accident lawyer at The May Firm to schedule a free consultation.
Being struck as a pedestrian carries significantly more consequences than an accident involving passengers or drivers inside a vehicle. When a pedestrian is hurt in a vehicle accident, he or she can sustain significant injuries that may alter the course of the remainder of his or her life. Pedestrian accident fatalities and injuries are a significant problem not just in California, but also around the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 alone there were approximately 4,735 pedestrian fatalities in the United States. Injuries totaled around 69,000 pedestrians in 2011.
An alarming number of those individuals who were injured in a pedestrian accident were males and individuals under age 14. Despite numerous educational efforts and clear traffic safety programs and laws, pedestrians continue to lead the way for injuries and fatalities when they are near roadways or crossing streets. Pedestrian accidents may be included in California personal injury laws, enabling a victim to pursue a personal injury claim against a responsible individual when he or she has been significantly hurt.
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The idea of pure comparative negligence is important for moving forward with a personal injury claim, enabling victims to pursue compensation even in the situation where a pedestrian may maintain partial responsibility for an accident. If you or someone you love has been recently injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to pursue fair and full compensation under California's personal injuries laws. The extent to which you may be awarded compensation may be associated with various conditions, including the factors involved in the accident such as whether or not the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The key element in all of these cases is negligence. It has to be proven that the driver owed the pedestrian a duty of care and that he or she breached this care leading to significant injuries for the pedestrians. Be aware that as soon as possible after a pedestrian accident, the insurance company may make you a settlement offer. The insurance company does not always have your best interests in mind. In fact, it is their primary responsibility to protect their own bottom line. In many cases, insurance companies want to settle for minimum amounts and will not work hard to protect your interests like a Santa Barbara pedestrian accident attorney will do.
It is strongly recommended that you avoid giving insurance companies any statements or information about your case until you have had an opportunity to speak to your attorney. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in California include situations such as pedestrians not obeying a traffic signal, a vehicle driver failing to yield to pedestrian who is in or stopped facing the crosswalk, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving and or reckless driving.
One of the most important things you need to know about moving forward with a Santa Barbara pedestrian accident claim is proving negligent behavior. This is a crucial component of any personal injury case and a pedestrian accident is no exception. Liability for pedestrian accidents is placed upon a company, persons or another person. Your Santa Barbara pedestrian accident lawyer should work hard to evaluate all the facts of your case. In California, if you have any personal responsibility for the accident, the compensation you receive may be reduced accordingly.
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At The May Firm, we're experienced with all areas of personal injury law. When you approach our firm, you'll quickly notice a refreshing difference. At our accident law firm, you're not just another case. You'll be treated with the same level of care and compassion that we'd show for our own family.
Unlike other jack of all trades lawyers, we only take personal injury cases. That means you can expect the best legal expertise available. If you've been injured in an accident, we're standing by to answer your questions. Don't hesitate to get in touch with our staff.
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