In California, pedestrians have the right of way while using a crosswalk. Unfortunately, not all motorists stop or yield to pedestrians at these crossings, leading to severe collisions and serious injuries. If you are injured at a crosswalk, you may be eligible for a settlement—and the attorneys at Freedman Law can help. Our Fresno pedestrian crosswalk accident lawyers can represent your insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver and help secure the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Our Pedestrian Injury Attorneys?
In over two decades of service, we’ve become recognized as one of the Central Valley’s highest-rated personal injury firms. We strive to provide the best level of service to our clients as possible.
Over our years of operation, our legal team has successfully recovered more than $1.25 billion in settlements and jury verdicts.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a pedestrian-related accident, you may have the right to be compensated by the motorist. In many cases, irresponsible motorists can cause extremely serious injuries/fatal injuries. Pedestrian accidents normally occur in residential/densely-populated neighborhoods where drivers don’t take caution. Some causes of pedestrian accidents include:
Speeding: Excessive speeding is a major hazard on pedestrian streets. When drivers speed, and are busy texting/on the phone, this is a recipe for a fatal and life altering injury.
Ignoring surroundings: If a driver is not careful you might miss important details while driving – like children in the vicinity, especially if they aren’t under the direct supervision of adults. In many cases, careless drivers cause accidents when they ignore their surroundings and don’t see children in the area.
Ignoring stop signs: These stop signs are in place to help protect pedestrians, and when drivers disregard basic safety issues – this can lead to fatal pedestrian accidents.
Legal Options for Fresno Crosswalk Accident Victims
Like most states, California follows a fault-based system when determining liability for car accidents. Fresno drivers have a duty to follow all applicable traffic laws and operate their vehicles safely. If they breach this duty and cause an accident, these drivers would be financially responsible for the victims’ damages.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians who enter or use a crosswalk. The crosswalk can be marked by lines or lights, or unmarked. Drivers must slow down and allow pedestrians to cross safely in these locations.
If a driver breaks this law and causes an accident at a crosswalk, he or she will be liable for the losses that the victim suffered. As a result, the pedestrian will have the right to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the driver to recover a settlement.
In these situations, it is important to consult with a Fresno car accident attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can evaluate your case and identify whether or not you qualify for legal action. After learning more about your case, your attorney can help strategize your next steps.
What Damages Are Available to Injured Fresno Pedestrians?
Through an insurance claim or lawsuit, you can hold an at-fault driver accountable for the economic and non-economic damages that you experienced. Economic damages involve the financial damages that you endured. On the other hand, non-economic damages involve the physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Common damages available in Fresno crosswalk accident claims include the following.
Loss of future earnings
Home or vehicle modifications
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Depression and anxiety
It can be difficult to know which damages you can claim in a pedestrian accident case. In these situations, your Fresno personal injury attorney from Freedman Law can help. He or she work closely to identify all possible avenues to compensation and calculate your estimated settlement, maximizing your potential award.
Speak to a Freedman Law Attorney Today
Drivers who injure pedestrians at crosswalks must pay for their damages. If you are involved in a collision while walking in Fresno, the attorneys at Freedman Law can help. Fill out our online form or call us at 559-447-9000 to discuss your legal options with a pedestrian crosswalk accident lawyer.