Costa Mesa CA Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Count on attorney Daniel C. Carlton after your accident
Injured in a pedestrian accident caused by an aggressive driver in Southern California? Not sure what to do next? Don't wait to take legal action. What might seem like a straightforward case could turn out to be far more complicated. That's why it's important to have an experienced pedestrian accident attorney on your side.
When it comes to car accidents involving pedestrians, people who are run over while crossing the street or walking alongside the road often suffer serious injuries. A pedestrian hit by a car can be thrown a long distance and end up with a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. If a child is hit by a car after darting into the road, the result could be a car crash fatality.
We understand how serious pedestrian accidents can be for everyone involved. That's why we want to help. At the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton in Costa Mesa, our legal team can thoroughly investigate your accident. We know what to do because we've been doing this work for more than 40 years in Southern California. We know what legal challenges can come up and what needs to be done to make them right.
Run over by a car in Costa Mesa, CA? Count on us
Pedestrian accidents can cover a wide range. Common situations we often deal with and encounter include:
- Kids walking to school or on their way home from school
- A jogger on the shoulder of a road with no sidewalks
- An elderly person walking slowly across an intersection
- People in shopping mall parking lots
- Movie-goers coming out of theaters at night
- Students on college campus roads
- Hit by car on a crosswalk
Pedestrian-vehicle accidents are all-too common in busy cities like Costa Mesa and Irvine. Pedestrian dangers are everywhere-a person can be run over by a car even in pedestrian crosswalks and when people on foot have the right-of-way due to a "Pedestrian Crossing" sign or a green light. Drivers who are texting behind the wheel may run a red light and kill a pedestrian instantly upon impact or crash into someone who is jaywalking. Sadly, an irresponsible driver may also be an uninsured motorist or a driver without enough insurance to cover the often steep medical expenses required in the case of pedestrian injuries. That means the hurt pedestrian must pursue compensation through his or her own "Uninsured Motorist Coverage," which can be a legal nightmare.
Whatever the circumstances of your pedestrian accident, attorney Daniel C. Carlton wants to help you hold the driver accountable for his or her actions. Remember, you didn't do anything wrong. You shouldn't have to pay for someone else's mistakes. Contact our Costa Mesa law firm and schedule an appointment today.
Frequently asked questions about pedestrian accidents in Costa Mesa
You're legally crossing a street in Irvine. Or perhaps you're walking alongside the shoulder of a road in Costa Mesa. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a speeding car crashes into you. You're knocked over. You can't stand up. You've just become a pedestrian accident victim, and you likely have a lot of questions.
If you're looking for information about pedestrian accidents, click on the links below. If you have a specific question that's not listed here, call us right away and schedule your free case evaluation. We'd be happy to help you, free of charge.
- Are pedestrian accidents common in California?
- Why are there so many pedestrian accidents in California?
- What are the common causes of pedestrian accidents in California?
- What should I do if I'm involved in a pedestrian accident in California?
- What should I do if I'm a victim of a pedestrian hit-and-run accident in California?
- Should I call a lawyer after my California pedestrian accident?
California, Texas and Florida account for one-third of all pedestrian fatalities nationwide, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). And nearly every year for the past decade, the number of pedestrian fatalities has increased each year in California, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Pedestrian accidents happen for many different reasons in California. Many experts point out there are simply more people walking in California, but it's more than just the sheer number of people crossing streets or walking alongside roads. Many drivers simply aren't aware of pedestrians while they're driving.
There are many reasons why pedestrian accidents happen in California. Some of the most common causes include:
First, call 911, ask for emergency medical help and ask them to send a police officer to the scene. You or someone else at the scene of the accident should call for help even if you do not appear to be injured. A police officer can investigate your accident while a doctor or EMT examines you. Pedestrian accident injuries might not be apparent right away. That doesn't mean you might not have a serious, life-threatening internal injury. Don't put your health at risk. Have a doctor, EMT or another medical professional examine you immediately.
Immediately call the police. Try to remember as much information as you can. Every detail matters. Was the driver a man or a woman? Young or old? What kind of car were they driving? What color was it? Did the car have California license plates? Or were they from another state? The more information you have, the better.
Yes! A pedestrian accident attorney in California can help you after your accident. A lawyer can fill out accident forms for you, investigate your accident and negotiate directly with insurance companies. While your insurance company might seem friendly after your accident, it's important to remember that most insurance companies only care about one thing: paying injury victims as little as possible. That's not right. That's why you need an aggressive California pedestrian accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton on your side, fighting for your rights. Call (949) 757-0707 to schedule a free case evaluation.