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Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

In California, pedestrians are given the right of way in specific laws that motor vehicle drivers must follow. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a pedestrian accident, call PARRIS. Our lawyers will fight relentlessly for you.

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Pedestrian Accidents in California

Though walking has long been promoted as a healthy activity, being a pedestrian is now more dangerous than ever. Pedestrian-vehicle collisions are on the rise, and these types of crashes can alter a person’s life forever.

If you were hit by a car while crossing the street in California, a trusted lawyer can help you recover the compensation you need to restore balance to your life.

PARRIS Law Firm has been fighting for injured pedestrians since 1985. With a 99% success rate and $1.9 billion in client wins, the PARRIS success record is virtually unmatched. Our tenacious trial lawyers regularly obtain seven-, eight-, and nine-figure verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Get the legal advocate you deserve. Schedule a free case consultation with the PARRIS team today.

PARRIS Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

For nearly 40 years, PARRIS has boldly represented the victims of pedestrian accidents, securing multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on their behalf. Some of our most notable case results for pedestrian accident victims include:

Hiring an attorney with a track record of excellent results is crucial to securing the financial recovery you need to restore balance to your life.

Nationwide Recognition

In 1985, R. Rex Parris and his wife, Carrol, founded the PARRIS Law Firm with one goal: providing world-class legal representation to the innocent people who need it the most. And over the firm’s many years of operation, Rex and Carrol have seen their vision come to life. PARRIS attorneys are ranked as some of the top in the nation, and the firm has obtained over $1.9 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients.

Every year, organizations such as Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the American Board of Trial Advocates recognize PARRIS as one of the country’s premier personal injury firms. Rex is a highly sought-after guest at speaking events around the country, where he shares the cognitive science techniques he uses to win incredible victories for clients.

#1 in Client Care

The secret to our success? Our unyielding commitment to clients. Our former CHP officer field representatives meticulously investigate the accident. Your case manager uses the insurance company’s own tactics to negotiate a fair recovery for you. And your attorney carefully prepares to take your case to trial, if necessary. We won’t back down until we know we’ve achieved the best outcome possible for your case.

No Fees Until We Win

We know how difficult the period after an accident is. Legal fees are the last thing you should be worrying about, so we’ve implemented a contingency fee model. This means you pay no fees until we win your case. If we lose, you owe us nothing.

Don’t face this difficult period without a legal advocate. PARRIS pedestrian accident attorneys will help you get the compensation you need. Schedule a free case consultation with our team today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents

Dealing with Insurance Companies after a Pedestrian Accident

If you’re hit by a car, the driver at fault is responsible for compensating you for any damages you suffer. The financial liability usually falls on the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

What Can I Recover After a Pedestrian Accident in California?

As an injured pedestrian, you may be eligible to receive compensation for:

  • Medical bills from doctor visits and treatment of your injuries.
  • Lost wages incurred from time spent away from work during your recovery.
  • Loss of future earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from returning to the same line of work.
  • Any property damage that resulted from the accident.
  • Any emotional or physical pain and suffering you incur as a result of your injuries.

Is a Lawyer Really Necessary After a Pedestrian Accident?

Unfortunately, the insurance company responsible for compensating you may not be working in your favor.

Insurance companies are businesses invested in turning a profit. Their goal is to minimize the amount they pay in claims in order to save their company money. For this reason, they may try to reduce your claim amount—and their initial settlement offer after your accident may not be enough to cover your damages.

Some adjusters resort to bad faith tactics, such as unnecessarily delaying payment or denying valid claims, to avoid paying you the total amount you deserve. But an attorney with experience dealing with insurance companies can protect your rights and make sure you recover.

Don’t face these insurance companies alone. Hire our team of pedestrian accident attorneys at PARRIS Law Firm today.

A pedestrian crossing the street in California

Should I Go to the Doctor After Being Hit by a Car?

Seeking immediate medical attention after a pedestrian accident is crucial. Even if you don’t think you are badly hurt, some injuries don’t present until the shock of the accident has worn off.

If you delay getting treatment, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may cite your hesitance as evidence that your injuries weren’t severe. When you’re struck by a car, no injury is too minor to be examined by a doctor.

Who Pays Medical Bills After a Pedestrian Accident?

Some victims avoid seeking medical attention after an accident for fear of the cost. If you were injured in a crash, the at-fault driver’s insurance company should ultimately pay for your medical treatment. It’s essential to get all of the care you need as soon as possible, even if the treatment cost is over your budget.

Unfortunately, depending on the facts of your case, collecting your personal injury settlement or verdict can take a long time. Many victims are unsure who pays the medical bills that accrue while they wait for their personal injury result.

When you hire an attorney, your legal team can negotiate medical liens with health providers. When a doctor agrees to a lien, they will treat your injuries now and accept payment later when you receive a favorable verdict or settlement.

In addition, your personal health insurance coverage can be used to cover your medical expenses. You can read more about medical coverage after an accident in our blog article.

What if I was hurt in a hit and run pedestrian accident?

Tragically, many pedestrian accidents are hit and runs, where the driver flees the scene after striking a pedestrian. Fleeing the scene of an accident is a felony offense in California, and the at-fault driver will be held criminally and civilly liable if they are caught.

If the driver’s identity is revealed as part of a criminal investigation related to the accident, you can file a personal injury claim against the driver. If the driver remains unknown, you may be able to file a claim under the underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage on your car insurance policy.

Whether the driver is identified or not, a pedestrian injured in a hit and run accident deserves to recover. The legal team at PARRIS Law Firm has many decades of experience dealing with these types of cases. Contact us today for help navigating the process.

A young pedestrian crosses a California street in front of a car.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Despite increased traffic control devices and more advanced automobiles, pedestrian deaths across the nation are at an all-time high.

In California, pedestrian fatalities are a small portion of overall fatal accidents, but they represent a growing percentage compared to other types of accidents in recent years. Crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths increased by 46% over the past decade, compared to a 5% increase for all other types of traffic accidents. Last year, this trend resulted in 6,400 lives lost to pedestrian accidents across the United States.

When factoring in vehicle miles traveled, which declined in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the rate of pedestrian fatalities rose by 20%, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. California is ranked as the eighth most dangerous state for pedestrians.

Faced with increased traffic accidents on LA city streets, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti created Vision Zero LA within the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. The program’s goal is to eliminate traffic deaths in Los Angeles by 2025. Though measures have been taken to make the city safer for pedestrians, the number of pedestrian accidents in LA has skyrocketed since 2015.

What Causes Pedestrian Accidents in California?

Multiple factors can explain this concerning increase in pedestrian accidents and fatalities.

  • Stress and anxiety related to changing social norms, pandemic-related isolation, and economic turmoil have caused a rise in reckless and distracted driving. In addition, open roads during the pandemic have encouraged many reckless drivers to speed, even as the virus has waned in the United States.
  • Automakers have shifted away from passenger cars to SUVs and light trucks, which generally cause more severe pedestrian impacts than cars. Over the last decade, the number of pedestrian fatalities involving SUVs increased faster than those involving passenger cars.
  • States with warmer temperatures (such as California) were more subject to the rise in pedestrian fatalities, as better weather leads to more pedestrians and drivers on the roads.
  • Drivers’ inability to see well at night is another cause of rising pedestrian deaths. In addition, increased alcohol consumption leads to more intoxicated drivers and pedestrians, which increases the risk of accidents.
  • Negligent driving related to smartphone usage is another major contributor to all kinds of collisions, including pedestrian accidents.

Where and when do pedestrian deaths mostly occur?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian traffic deaths occur predominantly:

  • In urban settings (82%),
  • On the open road (73%),
  • During dark lighting conditions (80%), and
  • At intersections (26%).

Most pedestrian deaths happened on the weekend at night.

 PARRIS Law Firm Will Fight for You

You have a right to be safe while traversing California’s streets. When a distracted driver strikes you or someone you love, you need a legal team that can protect your rights.

PARRIS Law Firm has fought for injured pedestrians for decades, securing an unrivaled track record of verdicts and settlements for clients. We will relentlessly fight for you until you see the recovery you deserve.

Call PARRIS today for a free case review.

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