Californians love the open road. California is second only to Texas in the total miles of roads and highways that cover the state, but when it comes to being a pedestrian, all those roads can make for dangerous traveling. Pedestrian deaths are on the rise in California, even with fewer drivers on the road during the pandemic.

If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident in Riverside that was caused by another party’s negligence, you have options for seeking compensation. The Riverside personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw have the knowledge and skills to help you get the fair and just compensation you deserve after a pedestrian accident, and they’re waiting for your call.

Call today, and let us review your case to determine whether you’re eligible for compensation. The consultation is absolutely free. Don’t let a pedestrian accident throw your life into disarray. Call OnderLaw today.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

In order to obtain compensation for your injuries, you must show that someone else was at fault for your pedestrian accident. From your point of view, this may be a simple matter of explaining what happened. But the claims process can be complex. You have to do more than explain. You have to show, with evidence, that you were not at fault. What kind of evidence do you need? How exactly do you get it? These are all questions that a qualified pedestrian accident attorney can answer for you.

An attorney can do more than write a good letter. We have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge from which to draw to build your case. We’ve seen pedestrian accidents of all kinds, and we know how to build a claim that is complete, supported by evidence, and based on fact. We will do the hard work of investigating your accident, speaking to witnesses, and gathering documentation so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries or getting back to your life.

To determine the amount of compensation due to you, you must take into account all the losses you’ve sustained as a result of your injury, material or otherwise. If you can’t accurately define or categorize these damages, you may not get all the compensation you’re owed. The amount due for damages like pain and suffering or emotional distress is subjective and takes a working understanding of the claims process and knowledge of relevant case law to value correctly. Trying to come up with a number without the help of an attorney may lower the amount of money you could obtain.

Aside from the help a lawyer can provide for you, hiring legal representation sends a strong message. In most injury claims, you’re required to deal with the responsible party’s insurance company. These companies have large legal teams and enormous resources, and are practiced at denying payouts. Adjusters will look for any reason to deny a claim and protect their bottom line. Hiring an attorney means we take the phone calls, and we handle all negotiations. We will deal with the pushy insurance adjusters that seek to minimize your injuries or bully you into accepting a low-dollar settlement.

Hiring an attorney brings options you wouldn’t have on your own, like filing a lawsuit. If settlement negotiations fall through and you don’t have an attorney, you’re mostly out of options, but with an attorney, you can keep moving forward by filing suit against the responsible party directly. This can tilt the odds in your favor, as even the threat of a suit can change the equation for the insurance company. Litigation can often be more expensive than a fair settlement, and even if they win, the insurance company will have to expend resources to do so.

Why Choose OnderLaw for My Pedestrian Accident?

OnderLaw has spent the last twenty years assembling a top-tier team of dedicated, knowledgeable legal professionals that specialize in helping injured Riverside residents get compensation for their injuries. We know how to make California law work for our clients, and we can use that know-how to help you and your family.

We treat all our clients with compassion and candor regardless of the size of your case. We won’t waste your time. We also understand how hard it can be for some of our clients to afford good legal help, which is why we work on contingency. This means that we only take payment if we get you money. We take a percentage of any settlement or award we obtain for you. There are no up-front costs for our services.

Our clients wouldn’t choose us if we didn’t get the results they need, and we’re proud to say we’ve seen great success. We’ve been able to obtain over $3.5 billion in settlements and awards since 2002.

The numbers don’t paint the whole picture. Head over to our Testimonials page to hear directly from some of our past clients.

Pedestrian Laws in California

The portion of California law that governs how pedestrians should behave on active roadways is covered under Chapter 5 of the California Vehicle Code. Here are some of the specifics from the text of the law:

  • Drivers must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrians in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, but pedestrians must exercise due care.
  • Drivers are not allowed to pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Motorists stuck on a freeway with a broken vehicle are allowed to walk along the freeway to find an exit.
  • The only people allowed to use a white cane on a public roadway are those with total or partial blindness.
  • It is illegal for a pedestrian to walk along bike paths if there is an available pedestrian walkway.
  • It is illegal to ride a motorized skateboard on any road or walkway in California.
  • Blocking a crosswalk with a vehicle is also illegal.
  • Jaywalking is illegal.

Types and Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Riverside

There are many different types of pedestrian accidents. Some of the cases our clients have brought us include:

  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Jaywalking accidents
  • Impaired driving accidents
  • Being struck by a bicycle accidents
  • Reversing accidents
  • Struck in a crosswalk accidents
  • Right or left-turn accidents
  • Failure to yield accidents
  • Skateboard accidents
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Darting into traffic accidents
  • Excessive speed accidents

These accidents occur in a variety of circumstances. We see many different causes, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Bad road conditions
  • Inclement weather
  • Failure to yield
  • Construction zones
  • Right turns
  • Unsafe lane changes

Common Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian Accidents

Even low-speed pedestrian accidents can end in severe injury. Modern cars are safer than ever, but the majority of safety equipment is intended for the car’s passengers, not for the pedestrians around it. Some possible injuries pedestrians may experience include:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Internal injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Ankle and knee injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Coma
  • Death

Proving the Other Party Was Negligent

In order to obtain compensation, we must prove the other party was negligent. California law mandates that everyone has an obligation to act in a way that doesn’t cause harm to others. If we can prove with evidence that the responsible party in your case was supposed to behave in a careful way, didn’t behave as they should have, that their lack of care caused your accident, and that accident caused your injuries, we should be able to obtain compensation for your losses.

Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident Claim

The amount of compensation we may be able to obtain for you is nearly impossible to determine without a detailed analysis of your case. Each case is unique, and we don’t like to set any expectations we can’t fulfill.

Determining the amount to demand is done by examining and valuing what you’ve lost as a result of the accident. These losses, called damages, must be verifiable and demonstrable, but that doesn’t mean you can only be compensated for material losses.

Damages without a definite monetary value are called non-economic damages. These losses are tied to the injury itself and not to the financial toll the injury exerts on you or your family. Some examples include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish

Damages with a specific monetary value are easier to define. These are called economic damages. These types of damages include the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost opportunity
  • Lost wages
  • Household expenses
  • Transportation to and from medical appointments or facilities

Pedestrian Accidents Statistics in Riverside and California

Here are some statistics regarding pedestrians and injuries in Riverside and elsewhere:

  • Approximately 1.4 percent of Riverside residents ages 16 and older walk to work.
  • Pedestrian fatalities for Californians ages 65 and older increased almost 2 percent between 2018 and 2019.
  • California’s rate of pedestrian fatalities is almost 25 percent higher than the national average.
  • California has the most pedestrian deaths of any state.
  • More than 14,000 pedestrians were injured on California roads in 2018.

Call OnderLaw Today

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in Riverside, don’t delay any longer. Call and schedule a consultation with the attorneys at OnderLaw to discuss your options for compensation. The consultation is free, and we only take payment if we get money for you, so you lose nothing by letting us review your case. Call today.