Huntington Beach Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Huntington Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorney

When a vehicle accident involves a pedestrian, the situation is likely to entail severe and life-changing injuries for the pedestrian. Drivers have a duty of care to avoid endangering pedestrians at all times and to always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. When drivers are negligent, drive under the influence, or fail to yield as required by law, they can cause catastrophic pedestrian accidents.

If you suffered injuries as a pedestrian due to the negligence or recklessness of a driver, it’s vital to take legal action as soon as possible to ensure you collect the compensation you need for recovery. Your accident may have caused expensive medical bills, lost income from missed time at work, and severe pain and suffering. The right Huntington Beach pedestrian accident lawyer can help you build a solid personal injury case against the driver who harmed you.

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Elements of a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit

The first step in building a personal injury lawsuit for a pedestrian accident is to determine the party responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries. In some cases, a pedestrian accident will receive a nearly immediate response from law enforcement and emergency responders. Hit-and-run offenses follow some pedestrian accidents. It may be necessary to track down a driver responsible for a pedestrian accident using traffic camera footage. Once the plaintiff and their Huntington Beach pedestrian accident attorney determine who is to blame for the plaintiff’s damages, they can begin assessing the full scope of the plaintiff’s claimable damages.

To succeed with a personal injury lawsuit in Huntington Beach, CA for a pedestrian accident, the plaintiff and their legal team must prove the defendant named in the lawsuit failed to act with reasonable care in the situation in question. They must also prove this failure to exercise reasonable care directly caused the plaintiff’s claimed damages. Plaintiffs may only sue for compensation for losses that were the direct results of the defendants’ negligence.

Determining negligence in a pedestrian accident claim is fairly straightforward. Whichever driver hit the pedestrian is likely liable for the pedestrian accident claim’s damages. However, multiple drivers can absorb liability if one driver’s negligence caused the other driver to suddenly swerve into the pedestrian. An experienced Huntington Beach pedestrian accident attorney can help a plaintiff solve complex questions concerning liability and establish the duty of care, breach of duty, and causation of the defendant.

Damages in Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits

A pedestrian accident can cause devastating injuries, including:

  • Deep cuts and lacerations.
  • Spinal cord injuries, many of which result in permanent disability or paralysis.
  • Broken bones, including severe fractures that require surgical treatment.
  • Traumatic brain injuries, Concussions, brain hemorrhages, and other head injuries can have devastating long-term consequences.
  • Injuries from falling, such as internal organ injuries and facial wounds that result in disfigurement.

Pedestrians struck by vehicles can also suffer fatal injuries. If a pedestrian dies from an accident, their loved ones may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim instead of a personal injury claim. While a wrongful death claim will mirror a personal injury claim in many procedural ways, there are some key differences rooted in state laws. California has specific wrongful death statutes that define who may file wrongful death claims and what damages they can claim.

The compensatory damages available in a pedestrian accident lawsuit generally include medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. A Huntington Beach pedestrian accident lawyer will help their client gather the documentation they will require to prove the totality of their compensatory damages and ensure maximum compensation from their claim. However, in some cases, judges will award plaintiffs punitive damages if a defendant’s behavior was grossly negligent, intentionally harmful, or otherwise outside the scope of general negligence. In California, there is no limit to how much a plaintiff may receive in punitive damages.

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What to Expect in a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit

If you are filing a pedestrian accident lawsuit on your own behalf or on behalf of a loved one incapacitated by a pedestrian accident, your Huntington Beach pedestrian accident attorney will help you understand the procedural issues you’re likely to face in your legal proceedings. Your lawsuit begins with the filing of your Complaint with the local courthouse. The court will then serve the defendant named in your claim with a copy of the Complaint. The defendant has 30 days to respond, and in most cases, a personal injury claim will move to settlement negotiation once a defendant has provided an Answer.

Pedestrian accident claims tend to involve significant damages. Settlement is typically the most effective route to compensation for an injured plaintiff. If the parties involved in the claim can come to mutually agreeable terms in settlement negotiation, they can put an end to the matter right there and sign an agreement. The defendant agrees to pay the plaintiff’s damages, and the plaintiff agrees to drop further legal claims against the defendant.

A good Huntington Beach pedestrian accident lawyer will help a client get the best possible deal out of settlement. However, if a defendant is unwilling to compromise or contests their liability, the case may head to litigation when settlement negotiation proves fruitless. A Huntington Beach pedestrian accident attorney will need to consult with expert witnesses and uncover all available physical evidence for a strong showing in court.

Find the Right Attorney for Your Case

When you are facing a pedestrian accident claim, the quality of the Huntington Beach pedestrian accident attorney you hire is one of the most critical factors for success in your case. Your attorney should be thorough in their investigation of your case, responsive in their communications and updates, and comprehensive in their strategy. At Easton & Easton, we understand that a pedestrian accident can leave you and your loved ones devastated while facing substantial economic burdens. Our goal is to help you navigate your personal injury lawsuit as effectively as possible and help you see the process through with greater confidence.

Contact us today and schedule a case review if you are ready to speak with an experienced Huntington Beach pedestrian accident attorney. We will review your situation and let you know what to expect from a pedestrian accident claim.

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I was in a pretty bad car accident and decided to have Easton & Easton represent me, Travis Easton to be specific. Travis Easton and his paralegal made the whole process effortless. They were so understanding and helpful! The entire thing was a gigantic mess, yet Travis managed to make it run like clockwork. I would HIGHLY recommend Easton & Easton! If you are ever in need of a personal defense attorney Easton & Easton is the firm to represent you!

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My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
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