Sometimes, vehicles and pedestrians must share the road. Inevitably, this can lead to some serious accidents. These accidents occur often, and as a result, it is important to know what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents in California.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents:
Pedestrian accidents happen often and can be caused by any number of factors. Sometimes, an accident occurs due to faulty car parts or hazardous road conditions like low visibility or inclement weather. But, for the most part, these accidents are caused by driver negligence. Some of the most common examples of negligence include:
- A driver’s failure to yield
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving recklessly
In some cases, a pedestrian’s negligence causes an accident. For example:
- Failing to use a crosswalk
- Ignoring the lights or signs that indicate safety to walk
- Failing to pay attention
What do I do if I am Injured by a Vehicle?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may wish to take legal action. In order to do so, you will need to provide proof of negligence. You can do this by calling 911. The police can file a report, conduct chemical tests, and collect witness statements. If you are able, you should obtain the other party’s contact and insurance information. Additionally, if anyone witnessed the accident occur, you should take down their information as they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Again, if possible, take photos and videos of the scene of the accident. You should also go to the hospital. Some people attempt to let their injuries heal on their own, but this often causes more harm than good. Seeking medical help will allow you to tend to your injuries while also documenting the severity and origin of them. At the hospital, make sure to ask your doctor for copies of any relevant medical documents.
How Lond do I Have to File a Claim?
In California, you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. If you fail to file within two years, you will likely lose your chance to recover compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in California, contact our firm to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney.
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