What You Should Know About Pedestrian Accidents in California

Pedestrian accidents happen more than you might think. Unfortunately, most pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers who are likely not paying attention to the road in front of them. Being hit by a vehicle can cause severe injuries and can change the course of someone’s life. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, reach out to an experienced California personal injury attorney today to discuss your case. Our Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady firm has over 40 years of experience and can fight for the justice you deserve while you recover. Contact us today to begin this journey.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

One of the first steps to take in being more prepared walking the streets and sidewalks of California is understanding the most common causes of pedestrian accidents. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in California are as follows:

  • Distracted driving
  • Low visibility
  • Failure to yield
  • Driving under the influence
  • Speeding
  • Hazardous weather conditions

What should I do after being injured by a vehicle?

After being involved in an accident, you should immediately seek medical attention and call the authorities. Be sure to collect any medical documentation after your injuries have been treated. The police should file a police report to document the accident. Have a short and polite conversation with the person who was driving the vehicle to obtain their insurance and contact information. Next, you should take photos and videos of the scene. These photos should include any injuries or damages. If there were any witnesses to the accident, collect their contact information that could be potentially used in your future personal injury claim. Finally, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you to receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is two years. This means that after the date of the accident, you will have two years to take legal action against the negligent party. Be sure not to wait longer than two years to avoid being barred from suing.


For over 40 years, the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady has proudly represented clients who were hurt by the negligence of another party in Santa Clara County. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to retain the services of a skilled and experienced legal team that can effectively represent your interests and fight for the compensation you deserve. For dedicated and compassionate legal representation when it matters most, contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to schedule a consultation.