Pedestrian Accident Attorney in San Francisco, CA
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Licensed drivers have an obligation to yield to pedestrians at crossings and to drive with caution wherever heavy foot traffic occurs, especially in a populated area like San Francisco. Unfortunately, many drivers disregard their duty to safety when pedestrians are present, resulting in devastating accidents, injuries, and even deaths.
At Scarlett Law Group, our firm has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients for over 25 years. We can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
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Areas Where Pedestrian Accidents Can Occur
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 600 pedestrians die each year in California auto accidents and thousands more suffer serious injuries. Although motorists are protected by the body of their vehicles, pedestrians typically sustain catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones.
Common areas where pedestrian accidents occur include the following:
- Parking lots
- Residential streets
- Shoulder of highways
In many cases, the motorist tries to blame the victim, claiming that he or she was jaywalking, texting while walking, crossing against the traffic light, or otherwise at fault. With a skilled and reliable attorney on your side, we will develop an effective and personalized legal strategy to get the compensation you deserve.
Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
In a majority of cases, pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence, such as:
- Distracted driver (texting or using a phone
- Drunk driving or drugged
- Reckless driving
- Failure to observe traffic signs or signals
An attorney can review your claim to help you identify the cause, and help you hold the negligent driver accountable for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accident FAQs
- What is California's right-of-way law for pedestrians?
Under California law, drivers must yield to pedestrians who are crossing a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. However, a pedestrian does not have the right of way if they leave the curb or walk right into a vehicle's path that leaves them little room to stop.
- Can I file a claim if I was jaywalking?
Although the law prohibits jaywalking, you may still be able to recover compensation if you were injured. Drivers are still required to exercise caution when operating a vehicle, and that includes being aware of pedestrians crossing an unmarked crosswalk. Both the pedestrian and the driver can share liability in such cases.
- Can you recover compensation if the pedestrian is at fault?
California's comparative negligence allows the injured individual to recover damages in proportion to their established fault. For example, if the pedestrian was found to be 50% at fault for the accident, their compensation can be reduced by 50%.
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If you hit by a negligent driver while on foot, our San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer is ready to help you recover the monetary damages necessary to cover medical costs, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering. Whether we reach a settlement inside or outside the courtroom, we are ready to fight tirelessly for you.
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