Reseda Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Reseda and many other Southern California cities are excellent places for pedestrians. Whether it’s just wanting to escape sitting in traffic, taking advantage of weather, avoiding the cost of car ownership, or a desire to be healthier, walking is a popular, everyday activity for many residents – that is, until you’re struck and injured in an accident. From the moment you hire us, the experienced Reseda pedestrian accident attorneys at the Walch Law Group will start fighting for you to get the money you deserve as soon as possible. Robert and Gary Walch understand you want to get your life back on track quickly, so we make sure there are never unnecessary delays. Call us today to see why having our team in your corner is the right choice.Pedestrian Accident Risks in Reseda
A bustling city near metropolitan Los Angeles, Reseda is a walkable city where most errands can be accomplished around on foot downtown by pedestrians trying to be eco-friendly, get exercise, or save money on transportation. However, walking in this busy city in Ventura County doesn’t come without risk of accidents, injury, or even death. Earlier this year, a woman was killed on Hart Street after she was hit by not one, but two cars when crossing the street.How Do I Win My Case?
After a pedestrian accident, most victims file a personal injury lawsuit claiming that someone’s negligent behavior caused their injury. Usually, a defendant is liable if you can prove they:
- Had a legal duty of care to you
- Breached it by a wrongful act or failing to act when needed
- The breach caused you harm
Victim in Reseda can also create the presumption of negligence if they demonstrate the defendant was breaking a law, rule, or regulation meant to protect people when the injury-causing accident occurred. This could include traffic laws against speeding or texting while driving.What Compensation Can I Recover?
Because pedestrians don’t have the same protection that motorists and their passengers get from being inside a vehicle, when accidents do happen it’s not uncommon to see catastrophic injuries and massive medical expenses result. If a victim can show they were negligently injured by someone else, a court may award them damages for harms such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement, disability, or scarring
- Loss of consortium
Even if you were partially responsible for the accident, you may still recover damages in California. Under the principle of comparative fault, the judge or jury will examine the facts of your case and assign each party involved a percentage of fault for their role in the accident. The amount you can recover is reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. So, if you were awarded $100,000 but were found 50% at fault, you would still receive $50,000 compensation.What Do I Do After an Accident?
Though it may seem overwhelming so soon after an accident, gathering a few important pieces of information and taking a few simple steps could greatly help with your chances of recovery – both physically and financially. Getting medical attention and treatment immediately after your accident not only helps you physically recover; it establishes a record of the date, nature, and severity of your injuries as well as the treatment cost. It may also save your life. Some injuries such as brain injuries don’t present symptoms immediately but can be fatal if left untreated.
In addition to medical records, contact information for any eyewitnesses and photos of the accident scene immediately after the crash can be helpful. You should also notify law enforcement after an accident and cooperate with responding officers to help generate an accident report. Get a copy of the completed report from the police or your insurance company. Save any receipts or paystubs showing money you have spent related to your injuries or income you have lost due to an injury-related inability to work.
To make sure you don’t derail your case by saying the wrong thing, make sure you never:
- Admit fault
- Say you are “ok”, “fine”, or are not injured
- Speculate or guess about the answers to any questions, or
- Agree to provide a recorded statement to anyone – even your own insurance company – without first consulting with a Reseda pedestrian accident attorney.
After being injured, you may be wondering what to do and where to start. However, you’ve already taken the first step and found the experienced Reseda pedestrian lawyers at The Walch Group! As soon as you hire us, we’ll begin fighting for you to get the most money possible. We understand the stress unnecessary delays can cause when you need your money now, so we avoid unnecessary delays and will get you paid as quickly as possible. Call us today to learn why Robert and Gary are the attorneys you want in your corner.