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With its beautiful weather, dramatic ocean bluffs of Fletcher Cove, miles of sandy beaches, and eclectic shopping in the Cedro Design District, Solana Beach attracts its fair share of visitors. Many of them get around town on foot, crowding sidewalks and, sometimes, streets. When pedestrians and motorists share the same streets in Solana Beach, however, accidents can happen.
If you suffered injuries as a pedestrian in a traffic accident in Solana Beach, then you may have legal rights to receive substantial compensation from the parties at fault. Contact our Solana Beach personal injury lawyers at the Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
We are a team of award-winning trial lawyers who represent victims of personal injury throughout Southern California. Our mission is to fight to recover compensation for our clients when they suffer injuries and losses because of someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentional conduct. We can serve you from our offices in Solana Beach.
A significant part of our law practice involves representing Southern Californians who have suffered injuries as pedestrians in traffic accidents. Our recent case results involving injuries to pedestrians in traffic accidents include a $4.5 million settlement for a client who sustained a brain injury, and a $1.7 million jury verdict for a client who suffered a back injury.
Of course, we cannot guarantee that a client will recover compensation in any particular case. However, we can promise to commit our firm’s talents and resources to make sure our clients receive skilled, personalized legal representation aimed at serving their interests above all others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a pedestrian dies in a traffic accident in the U.S. every 88 minutes. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die in a traffic-related crash than the occupants of any passenger vehicle.
California has seen a sharp increase in pedestrian accidents in recent years, with nearly 900 people killed and 14,000 injured each year by vehicles while walking. In fact, California has more pedestrian deaths than any other state in the nation, and a pedestrian fatality rate 25 percent higher than the national average.
Solana Beach pedestrian accidents frequently result from:
The most common time for a pedestrian accident to occur is at night, when darkness makes it even more difficult for a driver to see someone walking on the roadway. Additionally, pedestrian accidents are more common in urban areas where there tends to be more motorized and foot traffic and more obstacles such as parked cars that can prevent a driver from seeing a pedestrian.
No matter how a Solana Beach pedestrian accident occurs, the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys has the experience to help the victim obtain compensation.
Solana Beach pedestrians risk suffering severe injuries in a traffic accident. An impact with a vehicle, a roadside object, or the road surface itself can inflict trauma that ends or permanently alters a victim’s life.
Some common Solana Beach pedestrian accident injuries include:
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we help Solana Beach pedestrian accident victims recover compensation for any kind of injury they have suffered.
Although most Solana Beach pedestrian accidents involve a car or truck striking a pedestrian, that is not always the case.
Pedestrians can also suffer serious injuries on Solana Beach streets in:
The team at Gomez Trial Attorneys has experience representing pedestrians who suffered injuries in all types of Solana Beach accidents and incidents.
If you sustained injuries in a Solana Beach pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentional conduct, then you may have the right to recover substantial compensation through legal action. Every Solana Beach pedestrian accident has unique circumstances that determine the victim’s rights to receive money damages.
However, generally speaking, a pedestrian accident victim has legal rights to receive compensation from anyone who:
In a legal action against a person, company, or government agency that meets those criteria, the victim can often recover economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are out-of-pocket expenses that a victim incurs as a result of an injury, such as:
Non-economic damages account for the impact an injury has on a victim’s life, such as:
There is no guarantee that a Solana Beach pedestrian accident victim will recover compensation through legal action. Every case has its particular strengths and weaknesses that influence its outcome. However, the most reliable way to give yourself the best chance of obtaining maximum compensation for injuries you suffered as a pedestrian is to hire skilled, experienced legal counsel—like the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys—to represent you as soon as possible after the accident.
Solana Beach residents, workers, and visitors who suffer injuries in pedestrian accidents sometimes wonder if their injuries are their fault. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we believe that no one should ever suffer injuries as a pedestrian, and that when injuries do happen, it is virtually never the pedestrian victim’s fault.
If any of the following scenarios apply to the pedestrian accident in Solana Beach that injured you or a loved one, then chances are high that you have rights to receive substantial compensation:
When Solana Beach pedestrian accident victims reach out to Gomez Trial Attorneys, we aim to reassure them that what happened to them was not their fault. Cars are not supposed to hit pedestrians, ever. Pedestrians have a right to expect that areas designated as safe for them around a road are, in fact, safe. In our experience, pedestrian accidents virtually always happen because someone other than the pedestrian made a dangerous choice that put the pedestrian in harm’s way.
Walking in Solana Beach is an environmentally friendly way to get around town and a great form of exercise. However, in Solana Beach and throughout California, pedestrians are at more risk of being injured in a traffic-related accident than ever before. According to the state’s Office of Traffic Safety, more than 800 pedestrians die each year in traffic-related incidents, and another 14,000 suffer injuries. More pedestrians die in California annually than in any other state in the nation. California’s pedestrian fatality rate is 25 percent above the national average.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a Solana Beach pedestrian accident, no doubt you have lots of questions about your legal rights. Below we answer some common questions our Solana Beach clients ask about pedestrian accidents. For answers to specific questions about a Solana Beach pedestrian accident that injured you or a loved one, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
You probably can. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentionally-dangerous actions, then chances are you have legal rights to obtain compensation by taking legal action (or suing).
To get you money damages in a lawsuit, your lawyer usually must have evidence to prove that:
One of the most important jobs of a pedestrian accident injury lawyer is to examine the facts and circumstances of how a client suffered an injury so we can identify all of the parties that could meet the criteria above and face legal liability for damages.
Parties liable for causing a pedestrian accident in Solana Beach may include:
These are just a few examples. Speak with an experienced Solana Beach pedestrian crash injury attorney as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights to seek compensation from at-fault parties.
Not always, but usually.
California law imposes responsibilities on pedestrians to take basic steps to protect themselves when walking along or across a street. However, motorists and others also must take care to keep pedestrians safe from harm. No motorist, for example, ever has the right to ignore a pedestrian in the roadway or to drive aggressively near a pedestrian.
Never let the fact that you might have done more to keep yourself safe as a pedestrian keep you from consulting with an experienced pedestrian accident injury attorney in Solana Beach. As a pedestrian, you have every right to expect that other road users will do their part to keep you safe.
Every Solana Beach pedestrian accident case involves unique facts and circumstances that determine the types and amounts of damages an injured pedestrian might recover as compensation.
However, as a general proposition, California law allows for the recovery of both economic and non-economic damages in a Solana Beach pedestrian accident lawsuit.
Economic damages refer to the out-of-pocket expenses a victim incurs, such as:
Non-economic damages refer to the impact that an injury has on a victim’s life, such as:
An experienced pedestrian accident injury attorney can evaluate your claim to determine your eligibility for compensation after suffering injuries in a Solana Beach pedestrian accident.
Possibly. Talk to an experienced Solana Beach pedestrian accident injury lawyer.
Victims of hit-and-run pedestrian accidents may have the ability to claim compensation from their own insurance policies. They may also have the right to seek compensation from at-fault parties other than the hit-and-run driver.
Do not let the fact that you suffered pedestrian accident injuries in a Solana Beach hit-and-run keep you from consulting with an experienced lawyer about your rights to compensation.
An experienced lawyer can often help Solana Beach pedestrian accident victims work with people they owe money to while the legal process takes its course. Tell your lawyer about any financial considerations that have impacted your life in the aftermath of your pedestrian accident.
Possibly, depending upon your relationship with the deceased. In California, surviving spouses and family members of victims of fatal pedestrian accidents may have the right to take legal action seeking damages for the victim’s wrongful death.
The damages that you may have the right to recover can include:
Speak with an experienced lawyer right away if you have lost a loved one in a tragic Solana Beach pedestrian accident.
Possibly, but speak with an experienced lawyer right away. Typically, the statute of limitations in California for a Solana Beach pedestrian accident lawsuit is two years, which means after the victim must take legal action within that time period or risk losing the right to sue.
However, various factors can extend that time period, such as when:
Do not wait to speak with our Solana Beach pedestrian accident lawyers. You may have valuable legal rights, but you could lose them if you wait to take action.
There is no average compensation for Solana Beach pedestrian accident injuries, because every case is unique.
Factors affecting the amount of compensation a victim might receive include:
Of course, there is no guarantee that you will receive money for your injuries. However, the timeline for a successful case depends on the unique facts and circumstances of your accident and injuries. We have represented clients in matters that lasted just a month or two. We have also handled cases that lasted a year or more.
The factors that can affect the timeline for your claim are mostly beyond your control. They include:
One factor you can control is when you speak with an experienced attorney about your Solana Beach pedestrian accident injuries. The sooner you have a lawyer on your side, the sooner you can get started on resolving your claim.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, settlements and awards received through a personal injury claim are not considered income and are not taxable. However, if your award contained punitive damages—a type of damage not related to your expenses or impacts, but obtained solely to punish the defendant for particularly reckless behavior—that portion of the award is subject to tax. Additionally, if you claimed a deduction for your accident-related medical expenses, you would likely have to return the deducted amount on your taxes in the year of your settlement or award.
Always speak with an experienced attorney about any tax concerns you have.
An attorney with experience in pedestrian accident cases gives you the advantage of a thorough understanding of the laws that impact your rights, and of the damages that you should receive. The specific actions that a lawyer takes on your behalf will vary based on the unique facts of your case.
However, those services can often include:
Do not make the mistake of thinking you can represent yourself in a Solana Beach pedestrian accident injury claim. In our experience, that is a costly and damaging error.
The first meeting with an experienced Solana Beach pedestrian accident injury lawyer is always free. If you and the lawyer agree to work together, then the lawyer will also virtually always agree to represent you on contingency. You do not pay the lawyer any money up-front, and the lawyer does not bill you by the hour. Instead, you and the lawyer agree that the lawyer will get to keep a percentage of the money the lawyer’s efforts secure for you. In other words, your lawyer does not get paid unless you get paid.
If a Solana Beach pedestrian accident left you or a loved one struggling with serious injuries, you have rights. Contact a skilled pedestrian accident injury lawyer at Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluation.
Let the experienced Solana Beach pedestrian accident lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys help you to understand your legal options after you suffer injuries in a Solana Beach pedestrian accident.
For a free case evaluation, contact us online or by calling (619) 237-3490.
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