Irvine, California Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Irvine Pedestrian Accident Attorney

No one expects to be injured due to a pedestrian accident. As a consequence, it’s understandable to feel lost or confused when it comes to navigating the legal process following the crash. That being said, pedestrians who are injured due to a driver’s negligence have the legal right to compensation — this should cover the cost of their medical bills and other expenses, as well as the pain and suffering they have endured, as a direct result of the accident.

However, it can be extremely difficult to receive the damages you are owed without the aid of an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. Without prior experience, correctly navigating the insurance process can be strenuous, especially if you’re looking to receive the compensation or damages you’re rightfully owed.

The injuries sustained during a pedestrian accident are often severe, and that doesn’t even account for the strain that the experience can put on an individual’s day-to-day quality of life. In order to be fully compensated for the accident and the toll it’s taken on your life, make sure to get in touch with an Irvine personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

If you were injured in a California pedestrian accident, then your best option is to contact the legal team at Easton & Easton as soon as possible. We are an experienced group of personal injury attorneys with a strong track record of getting our clients the compensation they truly deserve.

You Have a Right to Compensation After an Irvine Pedestrian Accident

Whether the actions of the driver were due to negligence or were intentional, victims of a pedestrian accident are entitled to receive compensation for what they’ve experienced.

To start, the victim shouldn’t be held responsible for any medical expenses they incur due to the injuries (whether serious or minor) they sustained during the accident. Rather, the party responsible for paying these expenses is whoever was at fault.

Still, that isn’t the only compensation that a pedestrian accident victim should be receiving. In addition, you are owed damages for other losses you’re now faced with due to the circumstances of the accident. For instance, sometimes, injuries will make it difficult or impossible for the individual to return to work — this might be temporary, or it can be a more long-term situation. In either case, the accident victim is entitled to have these lost wages covered through their claim. Further, they should receive compensation for the pain and suffering they have experienced, both physical and psychological.

After the pedestrian accident, the victim is left with two ways to proceed: They can file a claim through the insurance provider, or they can opt instead to pursue a personal injury claim in civil court.

It won’t always be possible to receive fair compensation through an insurance company, however. This is only more difficult when the individual isn’t working alongside an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. As you deal with the insurance claims adjuster, they’ll attempt to provide you with the lowest possible settlement. They might even go as far as taking your own words and manipulating them to be an admission of partial fault. Personal injury attorneys, on the other hand, understand exactly how to speak to insurance companies without harming your claim.

If you are a pedestrian who was involved in a car accident, then there’s a strong chance that your injuries are severe. To receive the substantial settlement that you’re owed, it is vital that you hire a personal injury lawyer.

What Legal Options Do I Have Following a Pedestrian Accident in CA?

If you are opening a personal injury claim in the state of California, it will fall under one of two potential legal theories: Either the accident was a result of negligence, or it was caused by battery. Nonetheless, more often than not, pedestrian accidents will be due to a negligent act rather than a deliberate attempt to harm another party.

However, what is negligence in the eyes of the law? Simply put, negligence is what occurs whenever a party fails to uphold the duty of care. This means that the party failed to execute the appropriate amount of care in a given situation to minimize the risk of another party being harmed. If their actions don’t match what another reasonable person would have done in the same or similar circumstances, then the person had been acting negligently.

For your pedestrian accident claim to succeed, you’ll need to consider all five components of negligence in the eyes of California law. It will be necessary for you and your personal injury attorney to prove the existence of each of the following variables:

Duty

In order for duty to exist, the responsible party must have been required by law to act in a certain way in their interactions with the other party. In car accident situations, duty will almost always exist, as it’s legally required that the driver use reasonable care toward any pedestrians that they encounter.

Breach of Duty

Then, once duty has been proven, you and your attorney will need to prove that there was a breach of that duty. If the opposing party failed to act with the appropriate level of care, then they had breached their duty. For instance, if a pedestrian is injured after a driver breaks a traffic law, then a clear breach of duty exists in the scenario. This assumption can be made, thanks to a legal theory known as negligence per se.

Cause-In-Fact

The next step is to prove that the vehicle’s driver was responsible for the pedestrian’s injury itself. Essentially, if it wasn’t for the negligent actions of the driver, it must be proven that the injury would never have occurred.

Proximate Cause

In the context of personal injury claims, an injury must have been a foreseeable outcome, given the actions of the other party. In instances of pedestrian accidents, serious injuries will generally be considered a foreseeable outcome of negligence behind the wheel.

Damages

Finally, once each of the previous variables has been proven, the injured pedestrian must be able to prove that the accident resulted in some form of legally recognized injury or harm. Damages come in a number of categories, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and damage to property. Generally, the process of proving pain and suffering damages will be more difficult than proving more concrete damages, such as medical costs due to an injury.

Thus, in order for the claim to succeed, each of these elements will need to be proven based upon a preponderance of the evidence. This means that more than 50% of the available evidence supports the injured party’s claim.

What Is the Process of a CA Pedestrian Accident Claim?

At the onset of filing a pedestrian accident claim, it can be difficult determining how long the process will take. That being said, due to the statute of limitations in California, you will be required to file the claim within two years of the accident. If the claim is not opened within this time frame, the injured party has lost the ability to seek compensation for their experience.

Even if the claim is filed in a timely fashion, it’s difficult to predict exactly how long the legal process will take. This is dependent upon a number of factors, including the overall legal complexity of the accident, as well as the extent or severity of the pedestrian’s injuries. In more complex cases, or in cases where the injuries are more severe, there’s a strong chance that the claim will take longer than a more straightforward, less dire claim.

Before taking your claim to trial, you’ll likely be faced with a settlement offer from the opposing party’s insurance provider. To determine whether this offer is fair, it’s crucial that you have a personal injury attorney on your side at this early stage in the process. Your attorney will be able to account for all the injuries and losses you have sustained, to accurately decide whether the settlement offer is reasonable.

If you are unable to receive a fair settlement offer from the insurance company, then this is when you should consider taking the claim to trial. Again, your lawyer will be able to guide you through this process and help you to determine whether this is the best course of action. At the minimum, you can typically expect a pedestrian injury claim to last for several months.

However, more complex claims can go on for several years. If you’d like to receive an estimate of how long your claim will take, make sure to discuss this with your personal injury attorney.

Irvine Pedestrian Accident & Crosswalk Crash Attorney

After being injured in an Irvine, CA pedestrian accident, don’t wait to get in contact with a personal injury lawyer. You can always rely upon the premier legal team at Easton & Easton if you’re looking to receive the settlement you truly deserve. We will fight to see that you’re fairly compensated for the damages you’ve incurred because of an accident. To get in touch with us, you can contact our legal experts through the Easton & Easton website.

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