Riverside becomes more pedestrian-friendly every year as more locals head outside to walk pets, run, and stretch their legs. While the area is getting more pedestrian-friendly, it also supports a constant flow of motor traffic. A distracted driver, a traffic stop mistake, or a drunk driving incident can easily turn into a deadly pedestrian accident.
At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, our Riverside pedestrian accident attorneys represent those injured in preventable pedestrian-related accidents. We understand the factors that give rise to these incidents and the responsibilities of motorists. When motorists strike law-abiding pedestrians, we use every resource at our disposal to help the injured individual recover. Our attorneys can’t turn back the clock, but we can make sure the person or persons responsible pay. Allow us to help you achieve financial stability and attain a sense of closure after a devastating pedestrian accident.
Some people mistakenly believe pedestrian accidents only happen when pedestrians step outside of a sidewalk or make judgment errors when crossing the street. While these types of accidents do occur, they most commonly occur when drivers fail to pay attention to their surroundings. Pedestrian incidents frequently happen around:
The statistics speak for themselves. In Riverside County during 2014, the most recent data available from the California Office of Traffic Safety, 436 pedestrians were either injured or killed in traffic collisions. Sixty-nine were under the age of 15, and 41 were over the age of 65. Around 347 people died in pedestrian accidents across the state in 2015. Also in 2015, 26 states across the country reported fatality increases over the previous year.
In California, both drivers and pedestrians have a duty of care when they enter public spaces. Motorists, however, hold a higher duty of care in most cases. According to state laws, motorists must:
Pedestrians in California may not legally jaywalk, linger in a crosswalk, or step unexpectedly into a crosswalk in such a way that prevents a vehicle from reasonably avoiding an accident. In addition to these traffic laws, drivers and pedestrians must consider what constitutes an act of negligence. Criminal and civil wrongdoings often overlap but are not always the same. A driver or pedestrian may face civil liability even if he or she did not commit a traffic offense.
After a pedestrian accident, injured individuals often need professional legal representation. Attorneys do more than initiate lawsuits. At Estey & Bomberger, LLC, we will act as your legal advocate at every step. We can help you find appropriate medical care, represent you in front of bill collectors, negotiate with insurance adjustors, and help you develop a strategy for recovery.
Our dedicated attorneys have access to state-of-the-art resources we can use to reconstruct the accident, determine liability, and create a fair request for compensation on your behalf. Pedestrian accidents often lead to serious life-long injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis. Allow us to act as your legal representatives, and we will relentlessly fight for your future. You won’t owe us any fees unless and until we reach a successful outcome.
Estey & Bomberger, LLC will not accept a settlement lower than you deserve. If necessary, we will pursue your case to trial to obtain a satisfactory verdict. Our competent attorneys can help you recover damages for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Don’t wait to schedule your free initial consultation. If you accept an early settlement or fail to realize the full extent of your injuries, you could lose your right to a fair recovery. Come to our attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP as soon as possible to protect your rights and begin the recovery process. To make an informed decision about your pedestrian accident case, reach out to our Riverside office at 951-543-9020.
If you are hesitant to contact us about your claim, it may help you to gain an understanding of what personal injury law is, and what is is not. We are ready to help you. Whether you prefer talking on the phone, coming into our office in Riverside, or you need us to come to where you are, give us a call at 951-543-9020 to schedule an appointment.