Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere and whether you were injured in the city or while hiking in the mountains of California, the Sacramento pedestrian accident attorneys at Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP understand how difficult it can be to recover from such a serious accident. We have represented victims who have suffered life-changing injuries as well as families whose loved ones have been taken in these tragic accidents. Our dedicated focus on personal injury law assures our clients that their cases are in the hands of skilled professionals who take a personal interest in the outcome of every case.
Insurance companies will do anything they can to place blame on the victims despite compelling evidence showing their insured’s negligence. We hold careless drivers accountable for the harm they cause. We use effective strategies to overcome the insurance company’s attempts to avoid its responsibility in these cases and we diligently pursue full and fair compensation for each client.
If you were injured because of a driver’s negligent actions, we will work to ensure that you are fully compensated for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other losses that arise from your accident. Call an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer at (916) 774-7200 to learn more about your options.
Why Trust Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP with Your Pedestrian Accident Claim?
A pedestrian accident can involve catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and significant economic loss. A victim may also suffer such severe injuries that a relative or loved one must take legal action on his or her behalf during recovery. People in these situations need aggressive legal representation with the experience and resources to fully explore all available channels of compensation. The attorneys at Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP have more than 25 years of experience handling civil claims for our clients.
It’s crucial to find a Sacramento injury lawyer who has a strong reputation in the local legal community for a successful result in any civil claim. An attorney in a pedestrian accident case should know the court where the trial will take place and know the judge hearing the case. Our attorneys are very familiar with the justice system in Sacramento and our firm works with experts, legal professionals, and consultants all over the country to provide the best representation possible for every client.
Hiring an attorney may seem like a significant expense and legal fees can be expensive with long-term litigation. Our firm offers free consultations to every potential new client. A consultation will help an injured person understand the value of his or her claim and the available options for recovery. In some cases, plaintiffs may even be able to recover their legal fees as damages.
The average person will not have the experience, time, resources, or energy to handle an intense legal battle without assistance after a pedestrian accident. The attorneys at Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP can help maximize your recovery after such an accident and handle your legal concerns, so you can focus on recovery.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accidents in Sacramento, CA
Pedestrians who are hit by a car can suffer a wide variety of injuries from broken bones to spinal cord injuries that can leave them permanently paralyzed. We will take the time to fully understand the extent of your injuries and the care you will need over the short and long term. We will seek full compensation for all of your losses, including current and future medical care, property damage, loss of income and any other losses that occurred because of your accident.
Pedestrian Injuries from Car Accidents
When a car strikes a pedestrian, the accident can cause very serious injuries, including broken bones, burns, crushing injuries, deep cuts, and internal organ injuries. A victim in such an accident may require immediate emergency care and long-term recovery. It’s also possible for a pedestrian accident to cause catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. Any damage to the brain, spinal cord, or other parts of the nervous system can cause permanent damage and possibly even disability.
An individual who suffers severe injuries in a pedestrian accident may require long-term hospitalization, physical therapy, and other forms of rehabilitation to regain motor function and other faculties. It’s also possible for a pedestrian accident to prevent the victim from working for an extended time or work at all in the future.
Duty of Care Owed to Pedestrians
Every driver on the road has a duty of care to prevent accidents and follow the traffic laws. Part of this duty of care is to yield the right of way to pedestrians because pedestrians are much more vulnerable on the roads. While pedestrians also have a duty of care to follow relevant traffic signals like stop signs and crosswalk lights, drivers have a higher duty of care to prevent injuries to pedestrians.
Drivers also have a special duty of care to children. This applies to driving near schools, parks, playgrounds, and within residential areas. Drivers need to exercise care in sensitive areas like these. For example, the posted speed limit in a residential area may be 30 mph but it may not be safe for a driver to travel at this speed with poor visibility during the hours when children are walking to or from their bus stops. Drivers should remember that children do not possess the same level of situational awareness as adults so drivers need to be extra cautious when children are walking nearby.
California Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The California Department of Public Health reported an 11% increase in fatality rates for pedestrian accidents from 2007 to 2013. About one-fifth of all persons killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians during those years and pedestrians accounted for about 5.7% of all injuries from traffic accidents. This indicates that pedestrian accidents are a major concern for Californians and it is essential for drivers to exercise appropriate caution near pedestrians. It’s also important for pedestrians to walk safely and pay close attention to their surroundings to avoid accidents.
Pedestrian Accidents in Crosswalks
Some of the most common pedestrian accidents occur in crosswalks or at intersections where no crosswalk has been provided. Drivers have the responsibility to be aware of and recognize pedestrians’ rights. Though the insurance company will try to say that it was the victim’s lack of care that caused the accident, we will present a compelling case in support of your claim for damages.
Our Sacramento pedestrian accident attorneys will work diligently to prove the negligent party’s fault. As part of our investigation, we will work to determine whether issues like defective auto parts or poorly constructed roads contributed to the cause of your accident. We will use that information to identify the responsible parties and develop a strategy designed to secure the maximum level of compensation for your claim.
Discuss Your Case with a Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP has a well-earned reputation for our commitment to obtaining the best possible outcome for our clients. While we always attempt to reach a fair settlement, we prepare every case as if it is going to trial. If the insurance company is not willing to negotiate in good faith, we are fully prepared to go to court and advocate for your interests there.
Contact us to discuss your case with a qualified Sacramento pedestrian accident attorney and learn more about how we can help you. You can reach us by phone at (916) 774-7200 to schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Roseville or Sacramento. If you are unable to come to our offices, we are happy to meet you at home, in the hospital, or another location that is convenient for you.