Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident LawyerEvery day, many Santa Ana residents walk through the busy metropolitan centers in the area. While most pedestrians can navigate these places with relative ease and safety, pedestrian accidents are risks facing anyone who walks near traffic. Even when pedestrians are careful to follow crosswalk indicators and are mindful of their surroundings, not all drivers exercise reasonable care when driving in areas with lots of pedestrian foot traffic.

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can and do happen in the Santa Ana, CA, area. When these incidents occur, injured victims and their families need to know their legal options for recovering their damages.

Representing Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Victims

Easton & Easton is a team of experienced personal injury lawyers with years of experience handling complex civil claims on behalf of our clients. Pedestrian accidents often cause devastating injuries and substantial economic losses. If a negligent driver is responsible for your recent pedestrian accident, you should not be left to manage these losses on your own. When a negligent driver has caused severe injuries, lost income, and tremendous pain and suffering, a Santa Ana pedestrian accident attorney is the best resource for determining your most viable options for legal recourse.

Why Do I Need a Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Attorney?

Fault is usually perfectly apparent in any incident involving a motor vehicle driver hitting a pedestrian. Drivers have a duty of care to prevent collisions with pedestrians at all times, even when pedestrians cross the street inappropriately or do not wait for crosswalk indicators before crossing streets. If another driver hit you or a loved one while walking, you have the right to file a civil claim against them to recover your resulting damages. Any time a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian is likely to suffer severe injuries, some of which may be life-threatening without immediate medical treatment.

If you were to attempt to handle your case alone, you would need to do so while managing the aftermath of your accident, including painful injuries and a difficult recovery process. Additionally, severe injuries generate medical bills and prevent the victim from working. These factors lead to substantial economic pressure. Facing these issues simultaneously while trying to handle a civil claim unassisted is an incredible challenge. Working with a skilled Santa Ana pedestrian accident lawyer would allow you to effectively address your legal matters while having the peace of mind that comes with knowing your case is in capable hands.

Ultimately, you are not only more likely to succeed with a pedestrian accident claim when you have legal counsel but are also more likely to maximize your recovery to the fullest extent possible under California law. For example, a plaintiff who attempts self-representation may succeed with their claim, but they would be likely to overlook critical details of their claim that influence their overall recovery. A Santa Ana pedestrian accident attorney can identify these variables and address them effectively on their client’s behalf.

Determining Fault for Pedestrian Accidents in Santa Ana, CA

The first step in recovery from a pedestrian accident is determining who is responsible for your damages. If the at-fault driver remained at the scene of the accident after striking you with their vehicle, this would be relatively simple. However, many pedestrian accidents in California involve hit-and-run drivers, and locating the at-fault driver can be challenging. Your Santa Ana pedestrian accident attorney will know how to obtain the evidence you need to positively identify the party responsible for your accident.

Proving fault in any personal injury claim revolves around the legal concept of “negligence,” or a failure to exercise reasonable care in a given situation. Since all drivers have a duty of care to avoid hitting pedestrians, a driver striking a pedestrian is a clear violation of this duty of care. Your attorney can help you gather traffic camera footage, cell phone data, vehicle computer records, and eyewitness testimony to assist you in identifying the driver responsible for your recent pedestrian accident and holding them accountable for your damages.

It’s important to note that a plaintiff can lose a percentage of their case award under California law if they are partially responsible for causing their damages. For example, suppose a pedestrian jaywalked outside a designated crosswalk and was hit by a car. In that case, the driver is still primarily responsible for the incident due to their duty of care to avoid hitting pedestrians. However, a judge would likely deem the pedestrian partially at fault because they crossed the road illegally.

When comparative negligence comes into play in a Santa Ana personal injury case, the plaintiff loses a percentage of the case award equal to their percentage of fault for causing the incident in question. California’s pure comparative negligence statute does not enforce any threshold of fault that prohibits plaintiff recovery. Therefore, it’s theoretically possible for a plaintiff to be 99% at fault and still recover 1% of their damages. However, the higher the plaintiff’s fault percentage, the more they lose from their case award and the more vulnerable they are to counterclaims from the defendant.

Compensation for Damages in Pedestrian Accidents Claims

Pedestrian accidents typically cause painful injuries, which lead to expensive medical bills and the inability to work. Suppose you are hurt in a pedestrian accident. In that case, you have the right to file a civil claim against the driver responsible for the accident and seek compensation for all damages their actions have caused. Some of the economic damages you are likely able to claim in your pedestrian accident case include:

  • Medical expenses. You can seek compensation for immediate and future medical costs resulting from our accident. For example, you have the right to claim compensation for immediate medical costs like hospital bills as well as any costs for long-term care you require for the treatment of your injuries.
  • Lost income. Your pedestrian accident is likely to leave you unable to work for an extended time. You can claim income lost during this time and lost future earning potential if you develop a permanent disability that prevents you from returning to work. Your Santa Ana pedestrian accident attorney can help you calculate the future income you would have reasonably expected to earn had your accident not occurred.
  • Property damage. If your pedestrian accident also caused damage to your personal belongings, you may seek compensation for repair or replacement costs.

In addition to these economic damages, California state law allows a personal injury plaintiff to recover compensation for non-economic damages, including pain and suffering. Your pedestrian accident lawyer will help you determine a fair amount of pain and suffering compensation to include with your claim based on the overall severity of your injuries and whether you are likely to experience long-term medical complications from them.

Some plaintiffs in pedestrian accident claims may also qualify to receive punitive damages. As the name suggests, these damages punish a defendant for egregious negligence or intentionally harmful conduct. While a plaintiff cannot directly seek punitive damages, the judge may award them at their discretion based on the severity of the defendant’s actions and their overall financial status.

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What to Expect From Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Navigating any civil claim is much easier when you have reliable legal counsel on your side. If you are preparing to file your pedestrian accident claim in Santa Ana, the right attorney can significantly impact the case’s outcome. Easton & Easton can provide the comprehensive and compassionate legal representation you and your family need during this difficult time. Our firm will help you gather the evidence you need to establish liability for your damages and prove the full scope of those damages. In addition, we’ll assist you in navigating every phase of your case with confidence.

Orange County Pedestrian Accidents FAQs

The following are some of the most commonly asked questions from pedestrian accident victims in Santa Ana. Review these questions and our answers to gain a firmer understanding of your legal options following a pedestrian accident.

Q: Can I Claim Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident?
If another party has injured you and caused tangible losses, you have the right to file a civil claim against them. A Santa Ana pedestrian accident attorney can help you prove liability for your damages and recover as fully as California state law allows.

Q: Can a Driver File a Claim Against a Pedestrian?
It is technically possible for a driver to file a lawsuit against a pedestrian, but even if the pedestrian were negligent in the situation in question, the driver’s claim would be unlikely to succeed. Drivers always have a higher duty of care to prevent pedestrian accidents than pedestrians. While a driver can easily injure a pedestrian, it is very unlikely for the opposite to occur.

Q: What Happens If a Pedestrian Accident Is Fatal?
Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents have fatal consequences. If your loved one died because of a negligent driver, you and your family would need to file a wrongful death claim instead of a personal injury claim. These cases are functionally similar to personal injury claims in many ways, with a few key differences.

You probably have many other vital questions specific to your recent pedestrian accident, and Easton & Easton can provide the answers and guidance you need in this difficult time. In addition, if you are ready to take legal action following a pedestrian accident in Santa Ana, we can help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with an experienced and compassionate Santa Ana pedestrian accident attorney.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

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Coming out of my first auto accident as an adult, a very difficult and scary time to navigate and understand, I was so incredibly thankful to have been put in contact with Easton & Easton. I honestly was lost with how to handle paperwork, doctors, medical costs and what next steps were, and from the moment I spoke with Travis Easton and my case manager Katie, my mind was put at ease. They have made the entire process stress free for me as I recovered, and I am so grateful for them and their genuine care for my case. Communication from the start has been fantastic, especially making clear what my expectations for the entire process would look like, and I truly believe they have my best interest at heart. 100% I would recommend their firm for anyone that is needing representation! Read more…

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My experience with Easton & Easton has been amazing! Gabriel Mendoza and my case manager Katie have been so helpful and taken so much stress off my plate. They’ve been super informative and honest and given me very clear expectations. They’ve taken such a terrible experience (my accident) and eased my mind about the outcome. I can’t thank them enough!! Read more…
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The Easton & Easton Law Firm is amazing! The entire team is very helpful and caring. They were always there to answer all my questions. They directed me through the entire process and stayed with me every step of the way. This team is outstanding and were wonderful to work with. Because of the tremendous effort they put on my case they were able to win my difficult personal injury case. I couldn’t have asked for a better law firm to handle my case. They are the Best! Thank you for your patience, professionalism, & guidance! I definitely recommend this firm to handle your case. They go out of their way to fight for your rights. THANK YOU… Read more…

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I could not be more pleased with the services provided by the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton. The senior partner Mr. Easton took the time to meet with me and my wife while I was still in the hospital, where he gave my family hope that there was light at the end of a very long, and very dark tunnel. Matt Easton then worked my case, and because of his dedication, experience and expertise I received a settlement that was larger than I EVER thought possible. It was truly astounding! Matt and the entire team at Easton & Easton looked out for me throughout my recovery, and in the end they gave me my life back. Five stars is not enough. Thanks Matt! Thanks Easton & Easton! Read more…

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I can’t say enough amazing things about my experience with Travis Easton at Easton & Easton. Travis and his entire team (Katie, Amy, Dee, Michelle, & Araceli) are phenomenal. It provided me a lot of comfort to know I was being so well taken care of. I was especially impressed that every document for the case was perfectly written and specific to me. Nothing was generic, which shows the level of care and attention they put into each individual case. I had such a great experience and would highly recommend Travis Easton and his firm to anyone going through a personal injury. Travis took a bad situation and made the best of it for me. Thank you again, I’m forever grateful!!


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Retaining Easton and Easton was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! From the initial consultation to our final meeting, they were nothing short of exceptional. I was forced to retain their services after firing my previous attorney for not handling the case properly. I dealt with Gabriel and Brian (partner) exclusively throughout the case. They did as promised and were great communicators throughout the entire process. I will recommend them to anyone I know going through a personal injury case. They were ultimately able to untangle the mess caused by my previous lawyer and get a result that I was extremely happy with. Their staff is exceptional as well and provided top notch customer service. Amera was also extremely helpful and easy to deal with as well.

Jeffrey N.

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!

Mark B.

They are the best law firm in Orange County period. Choosing them to represent me was the best decision of my life.
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.
I was treated with utmost respect and I felt like I was being represented by a close family member. The responses to my questions were quick and clear. What E & E has done for me is phenomenal.
My sincere thanks to Brian, Matt, Travis, Doug, Gabriel and Amera. They are what they are because of their dedication to provide high quality and professional service to their clients.

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Brian Easton and his team, Gabe Mendoza and Amera Hajali, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I had a significant injury from a car accident, and wound up seeking out Easton & Easton when I was having difficulties getting help from my doctors. The Easton team took a lot of stress off of me while acting as my advocates to help me get the care I needed, and saw my case all the way through to a healthy settlement.

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I was rear ended on my home and pushed into a semi-truck. I was not sure how to go about even using an attorney.
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