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Pedestrian Accidents

Bakersfield Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Fighting for Pedestrian Safety in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Diego & Santa Barbara

Even with precautions like crosswalks and pedestrian crossing signs, pedestrian accidents are an unfortunate reality. Because the victims of these accidents do not have the protection that a vehicle affords to drivers, the impacts can cause catastrophic and even life-threatening injuries. When these accidents occur due to driver negligence or recklessness, the injured pedestrian deserves justice.

At Klein DeNatale Goldner, our experienced legal team has helped thousands of injury victims and recovered millions of dollars on their behalf. We know what it takes to establish the wrongdoing that harmed our clients and do not rest until every avenue toward compensation is explored to its fullest extent.

Contact us online or call (661) 485-2100 to schedule a free consultation with our pedestrian accident attorneys in Bakersfield.

Pedestrian Accidents & Motorist Negligence

For a pedestrian accident to be grounds for an injury lawsuit, driver negligence must be a contributing factor. Frequently, this is the case in areas in which both vehicle traffic and foot traffic co-exist, and motorists are obligated to exercise heightened vigilance to avoid pedestrians.

Pedestrian accidents frequently happen:

  • At gas stations
  • At crosswalks and intersections
  • Up on sidewalks and road shoulders
  • At bus stops or transit system platforms
  • In parking lots and garage structures

If you were hurt in any of these areas where you believe a motorist acted negligently, then we encourage you to consult with our pedestrian accident attorneys. Our team is ready to review your accident, determine if negligence was a factor, and begin work on an injury claim that truly speaks to your post-accident needs.

Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can result in a wide range of injuries due to the vulnerability of individuals on foot when confronted with larger and heavier vehicles. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Fractures and Broken Bones: The impact of a collision can lead to fractures and breaks, often requiring extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Head Injuries: Pedestrians risk suffering head injuries, which can have long-term consequences.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Severe accidents may cause damage to the spinal cord, which can lead to paralysis or other life-altering conditions.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Strains, sprains, and other soft tissue injuries are common in pedestrian accidents, often resulting in pain and limited mobility.
  • Internal Injuries: The force of a collision can cause internal injuries, which may not be instantly obvious.

What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Pedestrian Accident Claim?

When pursuing a pedestrian accident claim, it's essential to understand the possible damages that can be recovered. Potential damages may include:

  • Medical Expenses: Compensation for past and future medical bills, including hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care.
  • Lost Wages: Reimbursement for income lost because of the incapability to work during recovery and potential future earnings if the injuries result in a diminished capacity to work.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical and emotional pain endured because of the accident and injuries sustained.
  • Property Damage: Recovery of costs associated with repairing or replacing damaged personal property, such as clothing or personal belongings.
  • Wrongful Death Damages: In the tragic occurrence of a pedestrian fatality, surviving family members may pursue compensation for funeral costs, loss of financial support, and the emotional toll of losing a loved one.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accident Claims in California?

Understanding the statute of limitations is crucial when filing a pedestrian accident claim in California. The statute of limitations helps set a deadline for initiating legal action, and failure to file within this timeframe could result in the forfeiture of the right to pursue a claim. California's statute of limitations for pedestrian accidents is generally two years from the incident date.

It's important to note that certain circumstances may alter the deadline for filing a claim. For instance, a formal claim must be submitted within six months if the accident involves a government entity. Seeking legal advice promptly after a pedestrian accident is crucial to ensuring compliance with the statute of limitations and preserving the right to pursue compensation.

Contact Our Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Bakersfield Today

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, the experienced team at Klein DeNatale Goldner is ready to stand by your side. Our Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyers are devoted to providing personalized and effective legal representation, helping you navigate the complexities of the legal process. Contact us today for a consultation, and let us fight for the compensation you deserve.

Your injury deserves to be answered for. Contact us at (661) 485-2100 to get started on your case with our Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyers.

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