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Stand up and fight back following pedestrian accident

Crosswalks and sidewalks are to help pedestrians stay safe while walking near motor vehicle traffic in California. Unfortunately, distracted drivers are not always cautious in these areas.

In these situations, motorists may end up striking a pedestrian, thus causing him or her to suffer serious injuries. Fortunately, pedestrians injured as a result of a driver's carelessness have the right to seek compensation for their injuries.

What difficulties may you face as an injured pedestrian?

If a motorist strikes and injures you in a sidewalk or crosswalk area, the motorist may attempt to provide an excuse for his or her action. For example, the driver may assert that you actually were not on the sidewalk or in the crosswalk area designated for you. In addition, he or she may state that you leaped out into the street, thus causing the pedestrian wreck.

How can you present a solid case?

When people are driving near pedestrians, it is their responsibility to exercise reasonable care around them. Failure to exercise adequate care is negligent driving behavior. Fortunately, a personal injury attorney can assemble an expert team, including investigators as well as accident reconstructionists, who will work on your behalf to present a robust case for you.

For example, your attorney may explore whether the motorist came to a stop at the crosswalk you were using at the time of the accident. The attorney may also look into whether the motorist was drug impaired or driving while intoxicated. He or she might additionally investigate whether the driver caused your pedestrian accident due to speeding, not following a traffic signal, driving while distracted, failing to signal while turning or even ignoring weather/traffic conditions. Your attorney's ultimate goal is to maximize the amount of damages you receive following your pedestrian accident.

How monetary damages can help in a successfully fought case

If you are successful in your claim, you might receive a judicial award of monetary damages that may help with covering your medical expenses and other losses related to motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. For instance, your monetary award might help you to address the loss of income resulting from the pedestrian crash. Financial compensation cannot reverse the events that led to your pedestrian accident. However, it might make it easier for you to move forward from this type of wreck.

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