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Walking instead of driving has a number of benefits – it is better for your overall fitness, ditching the gas means you are doing your bit to preserve the environment, and you get that feeling of accomplishment when your step counter indicates you have reached your daily goal. Being more active and environmentally conscious is to be applauded but, unfortunately, your choice to travel as a pedestrian also leaves you vulnerable to the behavior of motorists. Distracted driving is commonplace in San Francisco and the surrounding areas, and pedestrians can suffer traumatic injuries as a result of the negligent behavior of these careless motorists.

At Allegiance Law, we take a compassionate approach to all cases, offering the guidance and support you need after such a traumatic experience, whilst also adopting a comprehensive and aggressive approach to recovering the compensation you deserve.

To discuss your San Francisco pedestrian accident with an Allegiance Law attorney, call us today at 415-404-6395.

What Causes Pedestrian Accidents in San Francisco?

Ultimately, pedestrian accidents are caused by the negligent or willfully dangerous behavior of motorists, and this tends to fit into one of several common themes. While handling pedestrian accident cases, our San Francisco attorneys have gained considerable experience in recovering damages after:

  • Hit and run accidents
  • Pedestrians being struck by a car, truck, bus, or other vehicles
  • Motorists mounting the sidewalk and striking pedestrians
  • Drivers failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing
  • Accidents caused by defective road or sidewalk surfaces, or a lack of appropriate traffic signals or signage
  • Trip and fall accidents in parking lots
  • Accidents where a pedestrian has been struck by a public transportation vehicle

No two accidents are ever identical, so this list is intended as a guide only, not an exhaustive indication of what an Allegiance Law pedestrian accident attorney can help you with. No matter how your accident occurred, we will do our utmost to recover the damages and compensation you are entitled to.

We understand how traumatic an accident can be, particularly when you are facing a lengthy recovery period and the resulting loss of earnings, and pledge to handle your pedestrian accident claim in a compassionate, caring manner. Rest assured, while we will be compassionate towards you, our San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys are significantly more aggressive while pursuing the defendant.

Injuries after a pedestrian accident

A pedestrian accident is often one of the most catastrophic one’s personal injury attorneys will handle. Most often, the end result of a pedestrian accident is the death of the pedestrian. If this does not happen, injuries can be life-altering and permanently debilitating. These injuries will also have an effect on families who may now take on the role of caretaker. The most common injuries after a pedestrian accident are:

  • Head injuries
  • Lower extremity injuries
  • Upper extremity injuries
  • Internal injuries

To be more specific you or your loved one will have:

  • Scarring
  • Torn ligaments
  • Knee and leg injuries
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Nerve damages
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Of course, the severity of your injuries will range based on the circumstances of your accident.

Compensation related to pedestrian accidents

When you are the victim of a pedestrian accident you may be entitled to recover compensation for a number of things including:

  • Lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Emotional distress
  • Medical expenses for past and future medical bills related to the accident
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death damages

To determine the types of damages and the amount for your damages will depend on the individual circumstances and facts related to the accident. A San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney from Allegiance Law will be able to determine the damages and compensation related to your case.

Proving liability

The biggest factor in winning your case is proving liability. You may think that liability will be easy to prove since any motor vehicle can be deadly to pedestrians. California has right of way laws that are in place to keep pedestrians safe. This means the pedestrian must prove that the driver was acting in a negligent manner. Some examples of driving acting negligent are:

This is not an exhaustive list and is only meant to provide examples of ways a driver could be found negligent. You should discuss the specifics of your case with a San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney.

Who can be held liable?

When a pedestrian is involved in an accident, there may be a number of parties that can be held accountable. Those who can potentially be held liable include:

  • The driver of the motor vehicle that struck the pedestrian
  • The pedestrian themselves
  • Agencies that maintain the sidewalk, parking lot, or roadway where the accident occurred

Determining liability is one of the biggest factors in winning a case and in the amount of compensation that can be recovered. After an accident, it is important to seek emergency medical attention, report the accident, and contact a San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney. Allegiance Law takes the utmost care with each client so you can focus on recovering. When it comes to fighting for you we take an aggressive approach to win your case and recover compensation on your behalf.

How Can Dangerous Conditions Contribute to a San Francisco Pedestrian Accident?

Not all pedestrian accidents involve being struck by a motorist – there are plenty of scenarios involving dangerous conditions causing injuries to innocent pedestrians. For example, where a section of road or sidewalk is in poor condition, the state or municipality has a legal responsibility to be aware of this and to rectify it as soon as is reasonably possible. If they fail in this duty, and you are injured as a result, an Allegiance Law San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney could help you to recover damages.

Similarly, our attorneys can pursue property or landowners for damages where an accident was caused by poorly maintained or dangerous conditions on private property.

However your pedestrian accident occurred, you do not deserve to suffer alone. You do deserve excellent legal representation from a San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney. To schedule your initial consultation, call Allegiance Law today at 415-404-6395.