If you were struck by a car while walking, you could be facing extensive medical bills, significant physical pain, and long-lasting limitations on your future earnings. However, you may be able to address some of these hardships through a personal injury lawsuit.
The prospect of suing the driver who struck you might seem daunting, but you do not have to navigate the legal system on your own. A Long Beach pedestrian accident attorney can help you build a winning case and pursue the compensation you deserve. Consider discussing your options with a Long Beach personal injury lawyer. At Salamati Law, we specialize in results-focused advocacy for our clients.
Pedestrians often have the right of way
The law is clear when it comes to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Drivers must always stop and yield to them. However, pedestrians must also behave responsibly. The law requires them to stay on the sidewalk and only cross the street at designated crosswalks, especially at busy intersections. Despite this requirement, most accidents occur due to driver error. As noted above, a pedestrian accident attorney in Long Beach can help you pursue legal action in these cases.
Pedestrian accident injuries can be serious
Unlike passengers in car accidents, pedestrians have little in the way of protection from the impact of a motor vehicle collision. In some cases, it could even result in a wrongful death lawsuit. However, the impact from the collision is often enough to cause life-altering injuries. Some of the most common include:
- Broken bones
- Strains and sprains
- Internal bleeding
- Road rash
- Severe burns
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal damage
A pedestrian accident lawyer in Long Beach will begin to build your case by evaluating your injuries and how they have impacted your life.
The deadline to file a lawsuit
There are limits on the amount of time you have to file your lawsuit, commonly referred to as the statute of limitations. It differs not only from state to state but even across different types of lawsuits across California. For personal injury lawsuits, the statute of limitations expires two years from the date of your accident.
If you wait to file your lawsuit until after the statute has expired, you could lose your opportunity to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. A judge will usually dismiss your case with prejudice—no matter how strong your claim for negligence might be—if you violate the statute of limitations. A pedestrian accident lawyer in Long Beach will help you meet this and other critical legal deadlines.
Contact a Long Beach, CA pedestrian accident attorney for a free consultation
At Salamati Law, we will fight for fair compensation. We will also advocate on your behalf to ensure you have the opportunity to maximize your compensation. Call right away for your free consultation. Because we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees.