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Fighting For Those Who Were Hit By a Car As a Pedestrian in California

Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately common occurrences, and if you or a loved one has been involved in such an incident, seeking legal representation is crucial. The Law Offices of Joseph M. Tosti, APC, specializes in providing dedicated representation to help you navigate the complex legal landscape that follows such serious incidents. Our Orange County pedestrian accident attorney is dedicated to ensuring the compensation you rightfully deserve and holding responsible parties accountable for their actions.

Call The Law Offices of Joseph M. Tosti, APC, today at (949) 245-6288 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our Orange County pedestrian accident attorney.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics in California

Any time a person is outside of their vehicle, they are considered to be a pedestrian and can be put in danger by reckless or careless motorists. Pedestrians are often struck when they are traveling through crosswalks, and drivers fail to obey stop signs and traffic signals.

Tragically, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in 2010 in the United States, and another 70,000 were injured in traffic accidents. These numbers mean that, on average, a pedestrian died every two hours, and a pedestrian was injured every eight minutes. The statistics are shocking; these devastating incidents could have been prevented in many cases.

If you were hit by a car or otherwise injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, an Orange County pedestrian accident attorney from our law firm can help you seek rightful compensation.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Understanding the common causes of pedestrian accidents is paramount in building a strong case. Some of the most prevalent causes include:

  • Distracted Driving: In an age dominated by smartphones and other electronic devices, distracted driving has become a leading cause of pedestrian accidents. Drivers diverting their attention from the road are likelier to miss pedestrians and other potential hazards.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed significantly reduces a driver's reaction time, making it difficult to avoid pedestrians crossing the road. Speeding drivers pose a serious threat to those on foot, often resulting in severe injuries.
  • Failure to Yield: Motorists who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks or intersections contribute to many accidents.
  • Impaired Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a major contributor to pedestrian accidents. Impaired drivers are more likely to make poor judgments, putting the lives of pedestrians at risk.
  • Poor Visibility: Inadequate street lighting or poorly marked crosswalks can contribute to pedestrian accidents, especially during nighttime. Establishing negligence in such cases requires thoroughly examining the conditions surrounding the incident.

Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents

The injuries sustained by pedestrians are often catastrophic due to the size of cars, trucks, or other motor vehicles, as well as the force of impact. Pedestrian injuries can include broken bones, lacerations, and neck and back injuries in even the most minor of collisions. In the most tragic cases, the accident victim can sustain a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, and the extent of their injuries can even lead to wrongful death. Victims are then left to contend with painful injuries, costly medical bills, lengthy recoveries, battles with insurance companies, and even lifelong disabilities.

At The Law Offices of Joseph M. Tosti, we believe victims of pedestrian accidents deserve full and fair compensation for their injuries and losses. If you were an injured pedestrian involved in an accident, do not hesitate to discuss your legal options with our experienced personal injury attorneys in Orange County.

What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Pedestrian Accident Claim?

Victims of pedestrian accidents may be qualified for various types of damages, depending on the circumstances of the incident. Possible damages in a pedestrian accident claim may include:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes all present and future medical bills that are related to the injuries sustained in the accident, like hospital bills, surgeries, rehabilitation, and medication.
  • Lost Wages: If the pedestrian sustains injuries that stop them from working, they may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. This can also extend to earning capacity if the injuries result in long-term disabilities.
  • Pain and Suffering: Non-economic damages, like physical and emotional pain and suffering, are often recoverable. These damages strive to compensate for the intangible hardships experienced by the victim.
  • Property Damage: In cases where personal belongings, such as clothing or electronic devices, are damaged in the accident, victims could be eligible for compensation to cover the cost of replacing or repairing these items.
  • Wrongful Death Damages: In the unfortunate occasion of a pedestrian fatality, surviving family members may pursue wrongful death damages, including funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and financial support.

Contact Our Orange County Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

Our attorneys in Southern California have more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law. Our founder, Attorney Joseph Tosti, is a member of the "Million Dollar Advocates Forum" for his past victories that consisted of settlements and verdicts of one million dollars or more. We understand the significant implications your accident has had on your life and your family, and our team can help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve.

If you would like to learn how our firm can assist you in your fight for justice, please contact a pedestrian accident lawyer in Orange County today! Also, feel free to call us at (949) 245-6288.

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