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Being a pedestrian in California is dangerous. On average, a pedestrian in California is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes. If you live in Los Angeles, you’re at even more risk. It has been named the most dangerous place in the US for pedestrians. And if you or someone you love have been injured, you have the right to a remedy.
In most cases of personal injuries that involved pedestrian accidents in California, these remedies come in the form of damages.
What to Do If You Were in a Pedestrian Accident in California
If you’ve been in a pedestrian accident in California, it’s best to consult an attorney that specializes in this accident type.
Our experts at EFS Law Center have won over 98% of their cases, and you don’t have to pay anything unless they win and get the best results for you and your family. They’ll introduce you to the process of filing a lawsuit for damages in a pedestrian accident. Typically, this includes:
1. Filing the paperwork in time
California has a statutory period of two years for you to file your claim. However, the law grants exceptions, especially if you were a minor at the time of the accident, or if you were so badly injured that it was impossible for you to make the deadline in time.
Our attorneys can help you assemble the lawsuits and aggregate all the necessary paperwork, even if you’ve been temporarily or permanently disabled as a result of the accident.
2. Gathering the proof
Proof is crucial for determining the fault and the subsequent damages. Any photographs from the scene of the crime, as well as police reports and your medical bills can help you get the reimbursement you need.
Since California uses the pure comparative negligence model, you could be at fault even as a pedestrian. And if you take any part in liability, your compensation will be reduced. You can avoid this by booking a free consultation with our attorneys.They’ll assess your case and make sure you have all the proof that clears you of blame.
If you were in a hit and run accident, it can be hard to determine who the driver was. In that case, you should always try to remember or take a picture of the license plate. If that was impossible, you can still file a claim with your insurance company.
3. Negotiating a settlement
After filing a lawsuit and providing proof, you’ll reach the phase where you have to negotiate a settlement with the other party and their insurance company.
It’s extremely important to have seasoned lawyers experienced at resolving pedestrian accidents in California. They know the ins and outs of personal injury cases, and they can help you get fairly compensated.
Typically, you can get reimbursement for the following damages:
- Physical injury
- Emotional pain
- Lost wages
In some cases, you can also sue for punitive damages. However, you would have to prove that the party at fault acted with extreme (intentional) negligence.
4. Representing you in court
If your pedestrian accident case goes to trial, our attorneys will be there to make sure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Contact EFS Law Center Today!
Being injured in a pedestrian accident in California isn’t simple. You may have exercised the necessary caution, but the parties at fault hadn’t. And instead of worrying about medical bills, lost income, and your family, you can recover in peace. Contact the EFS Law Center and get the justice you deserve.
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