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Pedestrian Accident FAQs

Being involved in a pedestrian accident in San Francisco is a very scary thing. You are likely suffering from serious injuries and have a lot of questions about the accident and what you should do next. Below are some of the most common questions about pedestrian accidents, and the answers to them. If you cannot find the answer to your question, speak to a San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer today for help.

Are Drivers Always at Fault for a Pedestrian Accident?

No. Motorists do have to yield the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk, but they have no way of knowing if a pedestrian is going to jump out into the street. Even when pedestrians do share some blame for a crash, they can still file a claim against the at-fault driver, though that claim may be reduced. A San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer can help evaluate your claim and devise a plan of action for your case..

What is a Motorist’s Duty to Me?

Drivers and pedestrians alike have a duty of care to keep everyone safe. However, due to the fact that drivers are more capable of inflicting injury or death, motorists have a greater duty of care. Motorists must ensure that they operate their vehicles in such a way that pedestrians are not harmed.

What Duties do I Have as a Pedestrian?

Although drivers have a higher duty of care, pedestrians still have some responsibilities under California law. Pedestrians must take reasonable measures to ensure streets are safe to cross before entering a roadway, and must not proceed if a vehicle is approaching.

What Damages can I Recover in a Pedestrian Accident Claim?

Personal injury claims are meant to compensate accident victims for any losses, or damages, they incurred as a result of the accident. To obtain compensation, accident victims must file a claim against the negligent driver. If the claim is successful, pedestrian accident victims can claim medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and, if the driver’s actions were particularly reckless, even punitive damages. A pedestrian accident attorney in San Francisco can help accident victims claim compensation for both current and future expenses.

Will I Need to Go to Court?

Maybe, but it is unlikely. Most pedestrian accident cases are settled out of court, with either the insurance company or the at-fault driver. However, when a fair settlement cannot be reached, an experienced attorney is not afraid to take the case to court to get those injured the full amount of compensation they deserve.

Have You Been Hurt?

If you have been hurt in an accident, do not wait to call a pedestrian accident attorney in San Francisco at Willoughby Brod, LLP. You may have a claim, but in California, you only have two years to file it. We will get to work quickly on your case, gathering evidence to prove your damages, and negotiating effectively with the insurance company. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 for your free consultation to learn more about how we can help with your case.

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