A Pedestrian Injury Attorney Will Pursue Compensatory and Punitive Damages When Necessary
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, damages may include the victim’s pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of wages, loss of mobility, and much more. If the operator of the vehicle was driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, the victim may also pursue punitive damages. If you or a loved one was the victim in this type of accident, you need to work with an experienced pedestrian injury attorney. At our law firm in San Diego, CA, our attorneys have extensive experience with these serious cases and will fight to ensure the at-fault driver is held responsible for his or her negligence.
Pedestrians are at a tremendous disadvantage in accidents, since they have no protection against vehicles. Therefore, the pedestrian's injuries are frequently severe.
Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are perhaps at the greatest risk for injury when an accident occurs, as they lack any sort of protection. Most victims of these accidents suffer severe, life-altering injuries such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. These catastrophic injuries can forever change the life of the victim.
Pedestrians are perhaps at the greatest risk for injury when an accident occurs, as they lack any sort of protection.
Unfortunately, pedestrians have a high fatality rate in accidents involving motor vehicles. When a negligent driver causes the death of a pedestrian, the victim’s family can bring a wrongful death suit against the driver. These claims serve to recoup the cost of the victim’s medical care and funeral expenses. It also addresses future losses the family may suffer, such as the loss of the victim’s income.
Compensatory and Punitive Damages
Compensatory damages are those that are sought in most personal injury cases. These damages cover both economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Current and estimated future medical bills
- Loss of wages or loss of income and earning capacity
- Pain and Suffering
- Lowered quality of life
These damages serve to compensate the victim for his or her losses and restore a sense of financial security.
Punitive damages are often sought in addition to compensatory damages. These damages are sought to further punish an especially negligent driver, especially if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Punitive damages can sometimes be as high as double the amount of compensatory damages. Our attorneys have successfully pursued punitive damages for our clients in numerous cases.
Strategies Used by Our Pedestrian Injury Attorneys
Our law firm employs a full investigative team that will investigate and reconstruct the scene of the accident. This allows us to gather evidence proving the driver was at fault. We will also review police reports and witness statements for further proof of fault.
Our attorneys are skilled in the calculation of future losses for victims. This often results in the recovery of significant compensation for our clients. In the past, we have secured settlements and verdicts upwards of a million dollars, ensuring our clients will receive the ongoing care and financial stability they need.
Contact Our Law Firm Today
If you or your loved one was a victim in a pedestrian accident, contact San Diego Injury Lawyer today to schedule a consultation. We are prepared to fight for fair compensation for you.