Pedestrian accidents occur when a pedestrian and vehicle are involved in an accident. The San Diego pedestrian accident lawyers at Stipp Law Firm, APC are dedicated to obtaining the best outcome for pedestrians injured in California. Our law firm has years of experience in representing pedestrians who have been hit by cars and trucks in Temecula, San Diego, Carlsbad, Oceanside and North County San Diego.

When compared to other types of traffic accidents, injuries involving pedestrians tend to be the most severe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 8% of pedestrians involved in accidents were killed in 2015. Of these deaths, 54 occurred in San Diego. This is a 17% increase. These statistics suggest that roads in Southern California aren’t getting safer.

A pedestrian is injured in an automobile accident every seven to nine minutes in the United States. Due to obvious reasons, we see mostly severe injuries in these types of cases. Some of the injuries include:

  • Head trauma
  • Fractures
  • Internal injuries
  • Limb injuries
  • Ligament and joint damage
  • Fatalities

A study done by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine showed that most fatal injuries occur from head trauma. This study found a correlation between the speed of automobiles, age of the victim, and overall severity of the injury.

Drivers and pedestrians alike have duties under California law to avoid being in accidents with one another. Fro instance, pedestrians are not supposed to jaywalk, cross an intersection outside of the designated crosswalk (outside of the white lines), step out into the road unexpectedly, or cross an intersection without a walk sign.

In reality though, a driver’s duty is greater than a pedestrian’s. Even if a pedestrian is crossing an intersection without a walk sign or is jaywalking and the driver has the right away, the driver can still be held at least partially liable if an accident happens. Specifically, drivers have the duty to exercise a certain amount of care to avoid an accident with a pedestrian, even if the pedestrian is clearly in the wrong.

Drivers must also avoid passing other vehicles that are stopped at a crosswalk because that care might be stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross. Drivers should also try to avoid stopping in the crosswalk because otherwise a pedestrian will have to walk outside of the designated crosswalk, which puts them at risk for getting hit by oncoming traffic.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident and are preparing to seek damages against a driver, you want a experienced and respected law firm to handle your case. At Stipp Law Firm, APC, we appreciate the severity of these types of accidents and have many years of experience with traffic accidents. Contact us for a free consultation. We are available 24/7.

What Kinds of Results Can A San Diego Pedestrian Accident Attorney Get For Me?

Many injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents with cars, trucks, and motorcycles result in serious injuries that have the potential to be permanent. Often, these types of accidents cause significant financial losses for the injured party as well. California law provides the injured party the right to recover economic and non-economic damages from the party responsible for the injury. Economic damages could include things like lost wages, medical expenses, and funeral costs, while non-economic damages include things like pain, suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, embarrassment, grief, anxiety and the overall loss of enjoyment of life.

Insurance companies for cars, trucks, and motorcycles have a tremendous amount of experience in analyzing personal injury claims. They will likely try to persuade you to take a recorded statement or settle the case as soon as possible, before you have the opportunity to consult with a qualified expert in the field. Consequently, it is extremely important that you consult with a law firm with considerable experience dealing with pedestrian accidents. At Stipp Law Firm, APC, we interact with insurance companies regularly and understand how they operate. We are prepared to take your case to trial if necessary to get fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free case analysis.

How Will Pedestrian Accident Lawyers With Stipp Law Firm, APC Help?

If you are involved in a cycling accident, the best thing that you can do is to hire a qualified pedestrian accident attorney. Stipp Law Firm, APC is a well-respected and experienced San Diego pedestrian accident law firm with considerable experience. Moreover, our offices are in North County, San Diego. Areas like Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Encinitas, Fallbrook, and Temecula are areas where pedestrians are hit by cars, trucks, and motorcycles because of the high number of walkers, joggers, sightseers, and tourists. We handle cases in all of those areas and know Southern California well. From the outset, we will work endlessly to assure that you obtain all of the compensation that you deserve.

Why Use An Experienced Carlsbad Car Accident Lawyer At Stipp Law Firm, APC?

You should choose us if you are looking for a firm to treat you as a person, rather than a paycheck. We have handled hundreds of car accident cases, but unlike many other firms, we do not handle hundreds of cases at the same time. That way, our clients get personalized attention.

We are also aggressive with insurance companies. We always get the full value of a case, even if it takes extra effort that other attorneys aren’t willing to take. That said, we are also not afraid of litigating cases and going to trial. Insurance companies know and respect that.

San Diego Pedestrian Accident Resources: