Even if you sustained serious injuries, there are challenges to recovering the full compensation you deserve if you were a pedestrian struck by a car. The driver and the insurance company blame the pedestrian victim. Police reports offer few or limited details. Witnesses don't exist or become difficult to locate. If you or a family member were hit by a car, truck, bus, train or any other motor vehicle in the Bay Area call (650) 345-8484 or contact us online to speak to a San Mateo pedestrian accident lawyer.
More often than not, vehicle versus pedestrian accidents are the result of distracted, inattentive, or careless driving. With so many attractive distractions at a driver's fingertips in today's world, it is unfortunately not at all unusual for drivers to take their eyes off of the roadways. Even a split second of inattentiveness by a driver can have devastating results if a pedestrian is in the immediate vicinity.
The attorneys of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, have helped many victims of pedestrian accidents, including those injured while crossing intersections, recover damages. We aggressively investigate and work with all necessary experts to gather evidence to prove that a careless driver caused - and is liable for - your injuries or a loved one's death. We will negotiate tirelessly with insurance companies to obtain the maximum settlement, or take the case to trial if it is in our client's best interest.Don't Assume Your Case is Too Small
Many people think their injuries are not severe enough to hire a San Mateo pedestrian accident attorney. Our vast experience in representing injured pedestrians tells us, however, that even a seemingly minor injury may be more serious than you think. The damage may worsen over time or may continue for months as chronic or disabling pain.
We have recovered countless settlements for the most common catastrophic injuries in pedestrian versus vehicle accidents - spinal cord damage, head trauma, multiple broken bones, and internal organ injuries. We invite you, however, to a free case evaluation in situations where injuries you sustained as a pedestrian were more minor, but nonetheless resulted in you seeking medical treatment. For assistance on your case contact us by calling (650) 345-8484 or email us today.Determining Fault in a Pedestrian Accident
Other people fail to consult an attorney because they think getting injured was their fault - jaywalking, jogging at night, their child darting out into the street. The fact that you - as a pedestrian - were partially at fault in causing an accident does not mean that you do not have a viable case. For example, our firm handled the case of a woman who was hit by a car as she jaywalked across four lanes of traffic. Although she was not in a crosswalk, the pedestrian accident attorneys at our San Mateo firm were able to successfully represent our client's case such that the insurance company paid over $1,600,000 in compensation. Consider the following:
- Drivers have a duty to watch out for pedestrians. The victim's comparative fault can reduce compensation, but it doesn't automatically let the driver off the hook.
- Our investigation often reveals driver negligence: distracted by a cell phone, speeding or making an illegal turn, pulled out without looking, failed to stop or yield at an intersection.
- We have sued municipalities for bad lighting, obscured road signs and other hazards that contributed to a pedestrian accident.
Witnesses are important to a pedestrian injury case, but we need to find them while the incident is fresh. We also need to preserve evidence - photos of skid marks, blood, damage to the hood, and the surrounding scene should all be evaluated. Our attorneys have vast experience in working with witnesses and evidence and we will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve.Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in San Mateo Today!
Call us night or day at (650) 345-8484 or contact our lawyers online to arrange a free initial consultation. Our experienced lawyers take pedestrian injury cases throughout San Mateo County and the entire San Francisco Bay Area.