Costa Mesa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Accident Attorneys Representing Costa Mesa, CAPedestrian Accident Victims

Vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of accidental deaths and injuries throughout California and the rest of the country. Every day, thousands of people suffer serious injuries from negligent drivers, some of which are fatal or permanently damaging. One of the most serious types of accidents that can occur is a pedestrian accident in which a vehicle strikes a person walking near or crossing a street. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident in any way, as either a driver or a pedestrian, you need legal advice you can trust if you intend to secure compensation for your damages.

The Costa Mesa personal injury lawyers at Easton & Easton have years of experience helping their clients navigate the most complex vehicle accident claims, including pedestrian accident claims. While these accidents almost always result in significant injuries to pedestrians, liability is sometimes unclear, and it is possible for an injured pedestrian to be partially responsible for causing this kind of accident. However, California law upholds that drivers have a higher duty of care to prevent accidents to pedestrians.

Is It Worth Getting an Accident Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident?

Many people experience small fender-bender accidents that only result in minor cosmetic damage to their vehicles with no injuries. In this situation, it is possible for the parties involved to reach an agreement privately, typically referring to available insurance coverage to compensate the victim’s vehicles repair costs. However, even a seemingly minor car accident is capable of inflicting injuries that may not manifest immediately noticeable symptoms. If there is any room for doubt as to whether you need to take legal action beyond a simple auto insurance claim after a car accident, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Why Do I Need Legal Representation With A Personal Injury Attorney?

Navigating a car accident claim or pedestrian accident claim without an attorney is incredibly difficult. You must file the appropriate forms with the local court, gather extensive evidence to establish liability for your claims, and meet various other procedural requirements if you want to succeed with your claim. Working with an experienced Costa Mesa pedestrian accident lawyer is the best way to approach your legal options after experiencing a pedestrian accident.

Your attorney can handle the procedural requirements your case will entail, including submitting the necessary paperwork to the court and communicating with the defense on your behalf. They can assist you in gathering the evidence you will need to prove the full extent of your damages and help you maximize your recovery. Ultimately, one of the best aspects of hiring a reliable attorney to assist you after a pedestrian accident is the fact that you will be able to rest and recover with peace of mind knowing your legal case is in capable hands.

What Happens In Pedestrian Caused Accidents?

When most people think of pedestrian accidents, they imagine cars striking pedestrians, but what happens if you hit a pedestrian and it’s their fault? California upholds that drivers have a higher duty of care to prevent accidents than pedestrians due to the simple fact that a driver is much more likely to harm a pedestrian than vice versa. However, California also maintains a pure comparative negligence statute. This law states that if a plaintiff contributes to their claimed damages in any way, they lose a portion of their case award. This portion is equal to their level of fault for causing those damages.

Jaywalking is a common exampleof a situation that can lead to a pedestrian absorbing liability for their damages under California’s pure comparative negligence statute. Pedestrians have a duty of care to crossroads only at designatedcrosswalks and only when it is safe to do so. Most crosswalks have signs that indicate when pedestrians are allowed to cross. If a pedestrian crosses outside of a crosswalk or when the crosswalk light indicates it is not yet safe to cross, they put themselves at extreme risk.

In the event you hit a pedestrian who was jaywalking or otherwise failing to uphold their own duty of care, it is safe to assume that you will still absorb liability for their damages. However, the judge overseeing your case will likely assign the pedestrian a fault percentage, and the pedestrian’s case award will be reduced by that percentage. For example, if an injured pedestrian claims $100,000 in damages, but the judge determines they are 30% at fault for the accident, they lose 30% of the case award and receive only $70,000 instead.

If you are concerned about your liability for damages after a pedestrian directly causes an accident, you should consult an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you gather evidence to establish the pedestrian’s fault for causing the accident and potentially help you minimize your liability for their damages.

What to Do If You’re Hit by a Car as a Pedestrian

Most pedestrian accident claims are filed by pedestrians struck by negligent drivers. In the event you are hit by a car as a pedestrian in the Costa Mesa, CA area, your personal health and wellbeing should be your top concern. Most pedestrian accidents cause severe injuries to the pedestrians involved, and you will very likely be taken to the nearest hospital after being hit by a car. If you are able to move around after the accident, you should still seek medical care immediately. Prompt medical attention will ensure your injuries receive appropriate treatment and your doctor can identify injuries that may not be immediately noticeable, such as internal bleeding or organ damage.

After receiving medical treatment, your next step toward recovery should be to consult an experienced Costa Mesa pedestrian accident attorney. Your legal team will help you establish liability for your damages and assist you in gathering the documentation you will need to prove the full extent of your claimable damages.

Potential Damages and Compensation in a Pedestrian Accident Claim

Pedestrian accidents can easily cause catastrophic injuries to victims. Injured pedestrians may suffer broken bones, spinal injuries, and traumatic brain damage. Multiple injuries are likely, and the injured pedestrian may require months of recovery before they are able to work or resume their normal everyday life after a pedestrian accident.

If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, California law allows you to claim any and all damages resulting from the incident in your personal injury lawsuit. Damages in pedestrian accident claims typically include:

  • Immediate and future medical expenses. You have the right to claim the cost of any and all medical treatment you require after a pedestrian accident. This includes not only your hospital expenses and other immediate treatment costs for your injuries but also long-term medical costs for rehabilitation and ongoing therapeutic treatments you require.
  • Lost income and lost earning potential. Your pedestrian accident is likely to leave you severely injured and unable to work while you recover. You can claim your lost wages while you recovered in your pedestrian accident claim. If your injuries caused permanent disability that prevents you from working in the future, you have the right to seek compensation for your lost future earning capacity in your personal injury claim.
  • Property damage. If a negligent party causes damage to a victim’s personal property, the victim can claim repair or replacement costs in their personal injury lawsuit.
  • Pain and suffering. California law allows an injured plaintiff to recover compensation for noneconomic damages resulting from another party’s negligence. This includes the physical pain and psychological distress you experienced from your pedestrian accident. California does not limit the amount a plaintiff can claim in pain and suffering compensation except in medical malpractice cases.

Depending on the scope of your injuries, a successful personal injury claim for a pedestrian accident could provide you with substantial compensation for your losses. However, success with your personal injury claim requires proving the defendant you name in your claim was negligent in some way that directly caused your claimed damages.

Commonly Cited Injuries in Pedestrian Accident Claims

Whenever a driver hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian is likely to suffer severe injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries. The pedestrian may not only suffer a brain injury from the initial impact from the vehicle but also the secondary impact of hitting the ground. Some traumatic brain injuries will heal in time, but others cause permanent brain damage. It’s not uncommon for brain injury victims to experience a wide range of unpredictable symptoms, from persistent headaches and increased sensitivity to light and sound to memory problems and diminished cognitive ability.
  • Spinal injuries. The human spine carries signals from the brain throughout the body, allowing control over bodily functions and movement. If the spine is injured, this pathway is interrupted, and the severity of the spinal injury typically informs the extent of the damage. The spine also cannot repair itself the same way as the rest of the body, so any spinal damage an injured pedestrian suffers is permanent.
  • Broken bones. Crash impact forces in a pedestrian accident can easily cause severe bone fractures. Some broken bones may heal completely with proper treatment, but others can require surgical correction and long-term medical treatments.
  • Facial injuries. Damage to the face can result in dental injury, permanent disfigurement, blindness, difficulty eating, and speaking difficulties. These injuries are highly traumatic and tend to involve some measure of permanent damage.
  • Crushing injuries. In the event a car pins a pedestrian against a wall, another vehicle, or some other solid object, the victim can suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. For example, a crushing injury to a limb can require amputation to save the victim’s life.

These are just a few examples of the types of injuries that pedestrians struck by cars have cited in their civil claims. It’s also possible for a pedestrian accident to be fatal.

What Happens If a Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit by a Car?

In the event a pedestrian accident is fatal for the victim, their surviving loved ones have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver responsible for the incident. A wrongful death claim takes the place of a personal injury claim a victim could have filed had they survived. California law allows the deceased’s spouse, domestic partner, parent, or adult child to file a wrongful death claim. If no such kin exists, then any party who can provide a legal interest in the deceased’s estate has the right to file a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful death claims function very similarly to personal injury claims, with a few notable exceptions. The plaintiff can recover many of the same damages as the victim could have in a personal injury claim. However, they also have the right to claim compensation for funeral and burial expenses, lost financial support the deceased provided to their family, and lost affection, care, and guidance provided by the deceased.

The Standard Procedure for a Pedestrian Accident Claim in Costa Mesa, CA

If you believe you have valid grounds to file a personal injury claim following a pedestrian accident in Costa Mesa, CA, it’s important to work quickly if you intend to maximize your compensation for your damages. California provides a two-year statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims, beginning on the date an injury occurred or the date the victim discovered harm done by another party. Two years seems like a long time, but when you account for the fact that you must determine the full scope of your claimable damages before filing your case with the Costa Mesa civil court, this timeframe can diminish quickly.

Your first step toward recovery after a pedestrian accident should be medical treatment for your injuries. Many pedestrian accidents cause severe injuries that require ambulance transportation to the nearest hospital for emergency care. Once you receive treatment for your injuries, ask your attending physician for a medical report. This document will include clear descriptions of all your injuries and the doctor’s prognosis for future complications resulting from those injuries. This document will be essential for ensuring you receive appropriate compensation for your immediate and future medical expenses.

Next, you should obtain a copy of the police report from your pedestrian accident. This report will include descriptions of the responding officer’s findings from the scene of the accident, including witness statements and other observations from the police that could be crucial in establishing liability for your damages.

Once you have the police report and your medical report, you are ready to meet with a Costa Mesa pedestrian accident attorney to discuss your claim. A good attorney will be able to quickly identify any potential challenges or unique opportunities present in your case and explain how your case is likely to unfold. Proving negligence in most pedestrian accident claims is fairly straightforward. Depending on how and where your accident occurred, your attorney may need to gather supporting evidence and consult with various experts to ensure they can hold the defendant in your claim accountable for their actions.

The majority of personal injury claims filed in the US settle outside of court. Settlement is more expedient than litigation and tends to provide better results for both plaintiffs and defendants. Plaintiffs may receive slightly less than they could from litigation, but they secure compensation more quickly and can avoid protracted legal battles. Defendants who are willing to assume responsibility for their actions can provide fair settlements to plaintiffs and then put these experiences behind them. However, if you file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your pedestrian accident, there is no guarantee that they will be willing to enter settlement negotiations, and they may outright deny liability for your damages. If this occurs, your case proceeds to litigation, and it can take months for a pedestrian accident case to reach a conclusion when this happens.

What to Expect from Your Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered severe injuries in a pedestrian accident in the Costa Mesa, CA area, you need a reliable attorney who can guide you through the legal process of obtaining compensation for your damages. At Easton & Easton, we take time to get to know our clients, so we fully understand how their experiences have impacted their lives. Our team will review your case, help you assess your damages, and explain how your claim is likely to unfold.

Your attorney will assist you in gathering the evidence you need to hold the driver responsible for your pedestrian accident accountable for their actions. Your legal team will also assist in proving negligence and establishing the defendant’s liability for your claimed damages. Easton & Easton strives to maximize the recovery of every client we represent. Rest assured that our team will explore every available avenue of recovery in your case and handle your legal proceedings so you can recover with peace of mind.

If you have suffered injuries and economic losses from a pedestrian accident, you need a Costa Mesa pedestrian accident lawyer to guide you through the legal side of your recovery. Contact Easton & Easton today to schedule a consultation with our team and learn more about how our firm can assist in your recovery.

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The superior client service Easton & Easton provides has earned the firm an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen anew each year since 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for the Southern California Metro Area.

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen by the LA Times Reader's Choice Poll as "The Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Orange County" for 2018.

Doug and Brian Easton have been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California each year since 2014 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by TopVerdict.com.

Doug and Brian have each been selected by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected among Super Lawyers' Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern Califonia, an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys under 40 years old.

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Doug and Matt Easton have each been featured as Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for California since 2015 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Brian and Matt Easton have each earned lifetime appointment to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum — The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM through the results achieved for their clients. This is an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States.

Doug Easton has held the “AV Preeminent” Rating for over 30 years and Matt Easton received this prestigious distinction in 2015. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is based on the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.

Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.

Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.

Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel among the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys each year since 2017.

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