Santa Clarita Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Serving SCV & the Surrounding Areas for Over 40 Years
If you or a loved one was hit by a car while walking or on foot, it’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. In California, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. Additionally, over time, evidence can be lost and it can be more difficult to prove that someone else’s negligence was to blame for your injuries and damages. Insurance companies could use this lack of evidence to minimize your claim—or even deny it outright. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident in Santa Clarita or any of the surrounding areas, the quicker you can retain legal representation, the better.
At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, our legal team can begin investigating your case right away in order to start building the strongest possible case on your behalf. Our lawyers can help you seek fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, lost earnings potential, disability, and pain and suffering. From our office in Valencia, we serve clients throughout SCV, the San Fernando Valley, and the Greater Los Angeles Area.
The True Cost of a Pedestrian Accident
A human being is simply no match for a heavy, fast-moving vehicle. Whether a distracted driver backed into you while you were crossing a driveway or a drunk driver blew through a red light, colliding with your loved one who was in a crosswalk, pedestrian accidents tend to result in catastrophic injuries, some of which may even be fatal.
Pedestrian accident injuries often include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Accidental amputation
- Severe soft tissue damage
These and other catastrophic injuries require immediate emergency treatment and extensive, ongoing care. Victims may suffer from partial or total disability as a result of their injuries, completely altering their way of life and affecting their ability to care for themselves.
The true cost of a pedestrian accident can be exorbitant, resulting in massive medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, and extreme physical pain and trauma. This can leave victims crippled with financial hardships in addition to immense physical and emotional challenges.
Holding the Negligent Person or Party Accountable
Because pedestrians are so vulnerable, motorists are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians any time it is possible to do so. While pedestrians are also required to follow certain laws and obey the rules of the road, drivers should always exhibit the utmost caution around pedestrians and avoid hitting them whenever they can.
Unfortunately, motorists are not always paying attention. Sometimes they act recklessly and endanger the lives of pedestrians and others, such as cyclists, who are sharing the road. Because the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas are primarily driving cities, motorists may be even more likely to fail to lookout for pedestrians. Nevertheless, negligence is never acceptable.
Examples of how motorist negligence can lead to pedestrian accidents include:
- Failing to check for pedestrians in an intersection or crosswalk before turning
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian who is crossing
- Veering up onto a sidewalk due to driving while drunk or distracted
- Running a red light and hitting a pedestrian who is crossing on a “walk” signal
- Backing up into a pedestrian in a parking lot or while exiting a driveway
These are just some examples of how motorist negligence can lead to serious accidents with pedestrians. If you were involved in any type of pedestrian accident in which another person or party was negligent, reach out to our firm to learn how our Santa Clarita pedestrian accident lawyers can help.
How to Find the Right Pedestrian Accident Attorney
It’s important that you find a pedestrian accident attorney who suits your needs and knows how to handle your claim. Your attorney should know the deadline for filing your lawsuit (the statute of limitations) in California. Your attorney should also have a record of successfully handling pedestrian accident claims in your area. There are many pedestrian accident laws that vary from state to state and even city to city. You want a legal team that knows these laws, as well as the personal injury statutes that apply to your case.
At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we have a history of success in complex pedestrian accident claims in and around SCV, the San Fernando Valley, and beyond. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients; we know how to properly investigate your case and build a strong claim that supports your maximum recovery. By arming yourself with professional legal representation, you can better ensure that you obtain the best possible results.
Reach Out to Us Today for a Free Consultation
We are well-versed in all things concerning personal injury. We pride ourselves on working aggressively for our clients while they take the time they need to recover. We speak on their behalf, communicating with all other parties, including attorneys and insurance companies. Our job as your attorney is to represent you effectively so we can get the best results for your case. We believe that our job is to protect your legal rights throughout every step of the process.
During your free consultation, we can discuss your accident, your injuries, and any evidence you have for us to use for your case. We also can ask any questions you may have about the upcoming legal process. It’s important to hire an attorney as soon as possible after the accident, so do not delay.