Orange County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian Accident Attorney Serving Irvine and Surrounding Communities
We live in a beautiful place. The weather is perfect on most days of the year, and the scenery is nearly unmatched anywhere in the world, almost regardless of where in California you happen to be at any given time. This is a state that was made for walkers. Given the beauty of California and the health benefits associated with walking, it should come as no surprise that the number of pedestrians walking both in California and across the United States is increasing. This trend has been reported by the California Department of Health, but unfortunately, this also means that a lot of people are also injured or worse in pedestrian accidents.
If this includes you or someone you love, you need to understand that you are far from alone. You should also know that there could be a way for you to eliminate all of those phone calls and letters coming your way from insurance companies. There could be a way for you to put your growing financial stress into its proper context, and there could be a way for you to focus solely on your physical and emotional recovery from your pedestrian accident. You need to be able to do this given all that you’ve been through already. Contact a California pedestrian accident lawyer at Montevideo Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.
The Terrifying Realities of a California Pedestrian Accident
If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in a crash with a vehicle or you’ve lost someone you’ve been through a terrifying ordeal that likely isn’t over yet. There are certain realities present with most pedestrian accidents that cannot be avoided, including:
- Pedestrians are basically defenseless when colliding with vehicles or bicycles.
- Almost all pedestrian accidents occur on concrete or asphalt.
- There are more injuries and fatalities resulting from pedestrian accidents than there are pedestrian accidents.
- Children and seniors are particularly susceptible to injuries or worse because of pedestrian accidents.
- The aftermath of pedestrian accidents is quite confusing for those without a legal background.
You’re in pain, you’re unable to work, medical bills are mounting, people are calling, sending letters and emails or even coming to your home, and you’re not sure what to do next. You’re dealing with all of this while enduring excruciating physical pain and tangible psychological scars. You just want all of this to go away, and you’d do anything to be able to get back on your feet, to recover what you’ve lost financially and to put all of this in the past as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way in most cases. There are parties out there that are actively working not only in their own interests, but in many circumstances simultaneously working against your needs. The party that at fault for your pedestrian accident would like to avoid potential financial liability, as would any insurance company that’s involved with cleaning up this situation. Everywhere you turn, you find someone who isn’t putting you first. You need to bring in an ally who will fight for you and your family. A pedestrian accident lawyer at Montevideo Law will do just that.
Orange County Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The University of California, Berkeley has published what is known as its Transportation Injury Mapping System, or TIMS. According to that body of data, 2016 was a difficult year for Orange County pedestrian accidents. To wit:
- 830 Orange County pedestrian accidents occurred in 2016 alone.
- 59 people died in these crashes, or more than one person every week.
- 831 people overall were injured.
- The most common cause of crashes that year was a mistake regarding the pedestrian’s right-of-way.
Every single day, people are injured in Orange County pedestrian accidents. Every single week, at least one person is killed. This is a serious public safety problem.
What Can You Recover?
Fortunately, you do have legal rights in California with regards to your pedestrian accident. You can pursue a recovery of financial compensation from the party or parties responsible for your losses. It should be noted that your losses could not only be substantial, but there could be many different forms of them. Examples of types of damages that the attorneys at Montevideo Law have recovered following a pedestrian accident include:
- Emergency medical treatment costs
- Surgery costs
- Physical therapy costs
- Psychological therapy costs
- Costs for ongoing medical care and equipment
- The loss of income
- The future loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
Every case is different and every client that Montevideo Law helps is different. Your specific types of losses may not be at all similar to someone else’s, even if the circumstances of the two pedestrian accidents are largely similar.
You Need a California Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
As mentioned above, you’re likely hearing from different people who have responsibilities of one type or another that relate to your accident. For most of them, their job is to limit the amount of recovery you ultimately realize. That’s one of the reasons that the situation can seem so confusing and stressful. Insurance company professionals and defense attorneys are highly skilled people who understand how to protect their employers and clients.
For the most part, people who are injured in Orange County pedestrian accidents are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to professional knowledge and experience regarding what they can recover and how they should go about recovering it. The temptation to simply “get it over with” can become intense as bills pile up and stress levels increase. That’s why you need to level the playing field immediately with the help of an experienced California pedestrian accident lawyer. He or she will immediately take over all communications with insurance company representatives and the party or parties responsible for the crash. Your attorney will gather all the necessary evidence and help you pursue the highest amount of recovery possible. If you’re ready to put a large portion of this difficult situation behind you, contact Montevideo Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.