Newport Beach Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

NEWPORT BEACH PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER

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Beach Accident Attorneys specializes in defending the rights of victims who have been injured and affected by the negligence of others. With our 99% success rate, an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer from our law firm can help you recover maximum compensation for your personal injury case–with ZERO upfront legal fees. Learn how we can assist by scheduling a free consultation today.

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HOW PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS IMPROVE SUCCESS RATE

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When wronged by a reckless individual, it’s understandable to presume that the at-fault party’s insurance company would cover medical treatment and other damages suffered as a result of the pedestrian accident.

Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and victims are sometimes mistreated.

Personal injury attorneys are vital in protecting the rights of injured victims, ensuring a fair settlement, and preventing insurance companies from taking advantage of them. This can be accomplished by allowing a legal team to proceed with the following:

 

  • Identifying fault and proving liability
  • Conducting a thorough investigation to collect evidence and witness testimonials
  • Aggressively negotiating for maximum compensation
  • Court representation if the case goes to litigation

In addition to improving the success rate, working with our law firm also promotes client confidence, ensuring all pedestrian accident cases are handled by the top legal representation in Orange County. Schedule a free consultation to begin discussing your case today.

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FEATURED NEWPORT BEACH PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER

After graduating from the San Fernando Valley College of Law in Woodland Hills, CA, Mr. Joseph Ryan became a member of the State Bar of California in 1982. He has dedicated his legal career of over 40 years to fighting for his clients' rights and interests. As an expert in personal injury and workers' compensation cases, Mr. Ryan knows how to negotiate and litigate effectively.

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Award-Winning Pedestrian Accident Attorneys with a 99% Success Rate and Millions Recovered.

DAMAGES WE CAN RECOVER IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT CASE

Contrary to what the insurance company may say, victims are entitled to damages other than medical treatment. This includes compensatory damages and punitive damages. Examples consist of the following.

Economic Damages

This form of compensatory damages accounts for financial losses, such as lost income, loss of future earnings, medical expenses, property damage, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Receipts, medical bills, invoices, or other financial documents can support these types of damages.

Non-Economic Damages

Unlike economic losses, this form of compensatory damages has no monetary value. Instead, it accounts for other ways victims can be affected by a personal injury accident.

This can range from being permanently disfigured to losing a positive outlook on life to developing trauma or undergoing pain and suffering (mentally and/or physically). These types of damages are more difficult to prove, often requiring a sound pedestrian accident case strategy from a seasoned legal team.

Punitive Damages

In limited circumstances, pedestrian accident victims may be eligible for punitive damages. These damages serve a dual purpose: to punish the driver for egregious misconduct and to discourage similar actions from occurring again.

Common examples of personal injury cases that warrant this type of punishment involve pedestrian fatalities that resulted from drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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HOW OUR NEWPORT BEACH PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEY PROVES FAULT

Data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) indicated a 21% annual increase in fatal Newport Beach pedestrian accidents. In a heavily congested city like Newport Beach, where many pedestrians are present, traffic accidents become more inevitable.

Sometimes, establishing liability for most pedestrian accidents can be complicated. To prove fault, it must be demonstrated that the other party’s actions were “negligent.” Proving negligence involves the following four factors:

  1. The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff to behave in a considerably reasonable manner.
  2. However, there was a breach of duty by the defendant, who failed to meet a reasonable level of care.
  3. By breaching the duty of care, the defendant directly caused the personal injury accident.
  4. As a result of the accident, damages like injuries and pain and suffering were sustained.

Our efforts prepare the pedestrian accident claim for success. Additionally, by allowing our pedestrian accident lawyers to obtain sufficient evidence, such as the police report, medical records, and witness statements, you can focus on your recovery.

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WHY PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN + THE COMMON LIABLE PARTIES

Personal injury cases can sometimes be complex, with fault spanning from unlikely or multiple parties. The following can generally be found liable for pedestrian accident cases.

Drivers and other Motorists

Pedestrians are inherently more vulnerable to collisions than vehicle drivers and passengers. As a result, these incidents often result in serious injuries. Driver negligence is often at the root of car accidents and other types of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians.

Driver negligence can include failing to yield at a crosswalk, speeding, or disregarding traffic signals. Newport Beach pedestrian accidents are common in busy intersections along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and around Balboa Peninsula.

The City or Local Governments

Government entities are legally responsible for upholding pedestrian safety by ensuring well-maintained public areas. This includes providing clearly marked pathways, maintaining proper signage and traffic lights, and other measures to minimize pedestrian danger.

This duty applies throughout Orange County, including municipalities like Santa Ana and Tustin. Failing to uphold this responsibility can place government entities at fault.

Even Pedestrians–but Compensation Is Still a Possibility

While pedestrian negligence, such as walking in a roadway instead of a sidewalk, jaywalking, or intoxication, can influence accident liability, California's comparative negligence laws still allow financial recovery, even if partially at fault.

This applies to cases where victims may be unsure about their rights, as insurance companies may downplay their potential pedestrian accident claims. This means compensation may be reduced but not entirely barred.  

Our pedestrian accident law firm offers free consultations to discuss comparative negligence, pedestrian accident details, potential legal options, and more.

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WHY BEACH ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS?

As one of the top-rated Orange County personal injury law firms, each pedestrian accident attorney from our firm knows how to achieve maximum results, reducing the stress and burden that an injured pedestrian would have to endure otherwise. Our standard is to provide top-tier services, which consists of:

Strategic Case Preparation

Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys thoroughly investigate the circumstances of every case. This includes gathering all available evidence that supports the pedestrian accident claim and building a strong legal foundation.

Depending on the severity of your injuries, this may involve delaying legal proceedings until reaching maximum medical recovery, ensuring a complete picture of damages and losses are clearly exemplified.

Our efforts also entail anticipating the defense's tactics to reduce compensation by denying fault or undermining the seriousness of pedestrian accidents. However, our legal team prepares for such matters, proactively ready to counter them.

Fight for the Maximum Settlement

Through our seasoned negotiation skills and steadfast commitment to achieving an optimal outcome on behalf of our clients, our pedestrian accident lawyers make every effort to recover maximum compensation.

Our legal team manages all communication with the defendant's insurance company and legal representatives. This includes navigating disputes over liability and damages. This is vital because insurance companies prefer to speak directly to victims instead of a pedestrian accident attorney, as the goal is to convince the victim to accept a smaller payout.

In hit-and-run pedestrian accidents, where the at-fault driver is unidentified, we explore alternative avenues of compensation. This may entail going through your own motorist coverage. Even as a pedestrian, auto insurance can be used in personal injury claims like these if uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is part of the policy.

By leading settlement negotiations, our pedestrian accident lawyer can secure a fair and full settlement that covers the full impact of damages.

Court Representation, if Necessary

Should negotiations not reach a satisfactory resolution, our pedestrian accident attorneys will litigate the case in court.

Our experienced legal team guides clients through the trial proceedings, always advocating on their behalves. Our knowledge and resources allow us to present a compelling case and pursue a favorable outcome.

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VARIOUS PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INJURIES THAT CAN BE COMPENSATED

Because pedestrians are so vulnerable in a crash, they are more prone to suffering severe injuries, affecting various parts of the body. The most common pedestrian accident injuries sustained from a crash may include (but are not limited to) the following:

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  • Broken bones
  • Facial fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Lacerations
  • Wrongful death

A pedestrian accident lawyer at our law firm can assist and offer guidance. Our legal team has helped numerous clients recover the damages they are entitled to. Regardless of how common an injury may be, you deserve compensation if you were injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a reckless party. 

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT FOR FILING A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM IN CALIFORNIA?

Yes, and this timeframe can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. Therefore, consult an experienced Newport Beach pedestrian accident lawyer immediately. Failure to meet the deadline will result in losing the right to pursue compensation. 

Generally, California victims of pedestrian accidents have 2 years from the date of sustaining injury to file a personal injury claim under the state’s statute of limitation laws. However, when a government entity is involved, the filing period is reduced to just 180 days or 6 months. 

To avoid missing the opportunity to recover damages, contact a pedestrian accident attorney from our firm to discuss your case.

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WHAT TO DO AFTER A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Similar to other personal injury accidents, there is a standard list of recommendations that should be followed to preserve health and overall well-being. Here is what to know.

1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Doctor is using a stethoscope listen to the heartbeat of a patient.Injuries caused by a pedestrian accident can range from minor to serious. Regardless of apparent severity, seek medical treatment, either through emergency services or by requesting assistance from a family member or friend.

Some pedestrian injuries are not as apparent as others, such as internal bleeding or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). To prevent a serious injury from becoming fatal, it's always recommended to see a doctor.

 

2. Document the Accident and Injuries

If physically able, document the pedestrian accident scene by taking photos of injuries, tire skid marks, and roadways. Additionally, speak to any present witness and collect their statements and contact information.

Obtain the driver's contact and insurance information, as well. However, exercise caution and do not engage in further conversation. This prevents jeopardizing the case, as anything said can be used against the victim during the claims process.

3. Contact the Police

Highway Patrol cars at the scene of a car accident in Newport BeachPolice reports are valuable evidence. Therefore, call 911, report the car accident, and request an officer's presence.

The responding offers can also assist in logging accident details, interviewing witnesses, and potentially determining which party was at fault. They will compile an accident report, which can later be obtained and used when the pedestrian accident claim is filed.

 

4. Consult with a Newport Beach Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Pedestrians involved in accidents with motor vehicles are more likely to sustain serious injuries. These injuries can encompass physical, emotional, and financial hardships, significantly impacting the victim's life. To ensure fair compensation for these damages, consider legal assistance.

Securing legal representation significantly increases the chances of recouping the full spectrum of losses. Even if hiring is still uncertain, it's beneficial to consult with a local pedestrian accident lawyer for professional legal insight.

At Beach Accident Attorneys, our initial case evaluation is free and confidential.

SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION

After an accident, don’t hesitate to contact one of our pedestrian accident attorneys in Newport Beach, CA. At Beach Accident Attorneys, we work on a contingency fee basis, so clients never pay for our legal services if we cannot deliver a case win. Additionally, our pedestrian accident lawyers offer a 100% fee consultation to discuss the accident details and expectations regarding the case.

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