A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help You Navigate Your Claim
Most people think of a traffic accident as a motor vehicle collision, but a significant number of pedestrians are hit by cars and trucks every year. Needless to say, the injuries are usually very severe, and often prove to be fatal. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer fully understands the impact of this tragic circumstance. In San Diego, CA, Kerry Steigerwalt has helped hundreds of victims and families pursue justice for senseless accidents that cause devastating losses.
If you or a loved one have been hit by a car or truck on a crosswalk, sidewalk, or any pedestrian walkway, our attorneys are here to help. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
About Pedestrian Accidents
Anyone can be the victim of a pedestrian accident, but children and seniors are over-represented in the statistics. Many children walk to school and play outside, and because of their size, are more difficult for drivers to see. Older pedestrians may be slower to traverse a crosswalk, or may miss the sound of an oncoming car. Drunk driving, excessive speeding, and inattentive driving (such as texting) are also common causes of accidents involving pedestrians.
Vulnerable pedestrians suffer the most severe of all possible injuries, including spinal cord injuries, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries.
California is known for having a high number of pedestrian accidents relative to the rest of the country. The warm weather here attracts a steady stream of pedestrians year-round. In Southern California, and particularly San Diego, many people enjoy walking the city streets at night, which is the most common time for pedestrian accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that California had the highest number of pedestrian deaths in the nation in 2013, and these accidents accounted for a staggering 36 percent of San Diego traffic deaths that year. Almost 700 California pedestrians were killed in 2014, which represented 23 percent of total traffic accident deaths in the state.
Legal Damages and Compensation
Vulnerable pedestrians suffer the most severe of all possible injuries, including spinal cord injuries, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries. These types of injuries can have devastating, long-term repercussions for the victim and their entire family. It is difficult to fathom the staggering, ongoing costs of adapting to a disabling catastrophic injury.
Personal injury civil cases seek damages for medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, spousal loss of consortium, and more. If it is a wrongful death case, the family may be entitled to recoup costs as well as attain compensation for ongoing, anticipated future losses.
Our attorneys ensure our clients' damages are fully substantiated to secure a maximum settlement or jury award. When necessary, we seek the help of experts to provide forensic accounting or reconstruction of an accident scene. We have been instrumental in helping many victims and families recover multi-million dollar awards.