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San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

If you are a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, you are likely commuting on foot at least part of the time, as public transportation is a key part of life in Northern California. As a pedestrian, there is a risk of being knocked down by vehicles, bicycles, or even a dog running down the street. Even a minor accident can cause serious injuries to a pedestrian. Under California law, someone injured in a pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s negligence can file a lawsuit against whoever was responsible for the accident.

At Bogaards Law, we cannot heal the physical and emotional pain you have endured, but we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. With our knowledge and experience in the courtroom, we can provide the compassion and legal expertise you need. Our lawyers also have defense experience, which means we can anticipate what strategies the other side will use in order to reduce or deny your demand for damages.

Common Types of Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident

As a pedestrian, you are exposed and lack any real protection from an impact with a vehicle or other object. This is why injuries sustained in pedestrian versus vehicle accidents tend to be serious. Some common injuries in pedestrian losses can include:

  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Knee and leg injuries
  • Lacerations and severe cuts
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Scarring
  • Infection

The severity of these injuries will vary based on the circumstances of the accident, including how fast the vehicle was traveling, what the angle of impact was, what part of the body sustained the impact, and more.

Proving Liability in a California Pedestrian Accident

Gathering evidence to prove liability in a pedestrian accident is a key step in determining whether or not you are entitled to any compensation. In California, there are right-of-way laws that are designed to help keep pedestrians safe. Pedestrian accidents fall under the bigger scope of personal injury claims, and the same rules for negligence apply here. If you are a pedestrian seeking reimbursement for damages from an accident caused by a driver’s negligence, then you need to show that he or she was actually negligent. Examples of negligent actions by a driver include, but are not limited to:

  • Distracted driving — using a phone, texting, etc.
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Driver speeding for conditions, or exceeding the speed limit
  • Driver failing to observe posted traffic signs or signals
  • Driver falling asleep at the wheel
  • Reckless driving

Contact a San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Each pedestrian accident is unique. If you were a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle, contact Bogaards Law today for a free case consultation and evaluation.

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