As pedestrians are not equipped with any protection against impact, catastrophic injuries are often sustained when a vehicle strikes a person who happens to be nearby. As your body is so fragile, compared to a car, SUV, or other vehicles, even a seemingly minor collision can result in life-changing, or even life-limiting, injuries. Although severe injuries can be inflicted even at low speeds, generally, the risk of being seriously or fatally injured increases greatly as speeds increase. Add in a driver who is not paying sufficient attention to the road and their surroundings, and you have the perfect circumstances for a devastating pedestrian accident.
In a busy city like San Diego, pedestrian accidents can happen all too often, inflicting injuries on innocent bystanders. If you, or a loved one, have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, you should seek expert legal representation from an outstanding San Diego attorney immediately. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle , LLP we can also recover damages in respect of your loved one’s wrongful death due to a San Diego pedestrian accident.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen in San Diego, California?
Pedestrian accidents, like any kind of auto accident in San Diego or elsewhere in California, can occur for a myriad of reasons. Most of these reasons are due to some form of negligence, or deliberate wrongdoing, on the part of one or more of the motorists involved, although this is not always the case. As our San Diego pedestrian accident attorneys can attest, the most common causes of these accidents tend to include:
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving, including using a cellphone or GPS while on the road
- Driving at excessive speeds
- Reckless or aggressive driving, including road rage
- Defective car or other vehicle parts
- Poor road conditions
- Poor weather conditions
In terms of scenarios specific to pedestrian accidents, some examples of those we have successfully recovered damages for include:
- A pedestrian being hit by a car or other vehicle after disembarking from a bus, unbeknownst to the motorist
- Pedestrians being struck by a vehicle while crossing at a designated cross walk
- Pedestrian accidents due to a motorist mounting the sidewalk, or otherwise leaving the road
However your accident occurred, a San Diego attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle , LLP has the experience necessary to pursue compensation on your behalf.
Why Do I Need a San Diego Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
While there is no reason why you cannot choose to seek compensation alone, there are several reasons why opting to instruct a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney may be the sensible route to take. For one, without relevant legal knowledge, you could find it difficult, if not impossible, to successfully recover the full amount of compensation due to you. Additionally, enabling a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney to shoulder the burden of proving liability and pursuing compensation means you are free to take the time you need to recover from your injuries.