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Modesto Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Pedestrian accidents often result in catastrophic injuries. While trying to recover from a car accident, you may also be dealing with multiple doctor appointments, mounting medical bills, and missing work. In other words, a pedestrian accident turns your life upside down. No one should have to go through that alone. Our Modesto pedestrian accident attorneys at Silva Injury Law, Inc. have the experience and knowledge to handle every aspect of your case. When a driver causes your injuries, you deserve to recover compensation. A lawyer can help you get what you need to move forward after such a devastating experience.

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Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident

A pedestrian crosswalk in Modesto prone to accident.While most people don’t expect to be hit by a car when out for a walk, everyone should be vigilant of their surroundings. Unfortunately, as people enjoy walking for exercise, transportation, and leisure, the risk of a pedestrian accident increases. If you are struck by a vehicle, there are steps you can take to protect your rights, including:

Call the Police

The reporting officer must create an accident report detailing your pedestrian accident. Accident reports prepared by reporting officers provide valuable and unbiased information regarding the event. In addition, some officers may even identify the at-fault party. Your attorney carefully reviews the information in the accident report to assist in building a solid case on your behalf.

Seek Medical Attention

As soon as possible, obtain a medical evaluation by a physician. Pedestrian accidents often cause devastating injuries, such as lacerations, contusions, broken bones, internal bleeding, and brain damage, so getting medical care may be an apparent pressing need. But even if you believe you escaped the accident unscathed, some injuries may present in the hours, days, and weeks following an accident. Maintaining a careful medical record connects your injuries with the pedestrian accident and your claim for compensation.

Obtain Contact Information

Obtain the name, insurance details, and contact information of the driver that hit you in the accident. Be sure to get the names and contact information of any witnesses to your accident. You may suffer injuries that prevent you from obtaining this information at the scene. However, law enforcement officers also gather this information in their accident reports.

Document the Scene

If physically able, take photographs of the accident scene, including your injuries. Promptly take notes of any accident-related details. Memories fade quickly, even of traumatic events. Maintaining a record of your accident may help refresh your memory and assist your lawyer when you file your lawsuit. Evidence gathered helps support the burden of proof required to establish the driver’s fault.

Consult an Attorney

Modesto pedestrian accident lawyers assist injured victims after traumatic accidents. Personal injury cases represent a complex area of law requiring the expertise of a qualified attorney. Failing to obtain legal representation could make a drastic difference in getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents qualify as personal injury cases. California’s Code of Civil Procedure sets a two-year deadline for filing a personal injury case. There is a difference between whether the accident resulted in injury or death in personal injury cases. For example, if someone suffered injuries in a pedestrian crash, they must file their lawsuit within two years of the accident. However, if someone dies after a pedestrian accident and their family files a wrongful death lawsuit, the statute of limitations does not begin running until the loved one’s date of passing.

A qualified pedestrian injury lawyer ensures you never miss crucial deadlines, including the statute of limitations for filing your lawsuit. Failure to file your lawsuit promptly could result in the court refusing to consider your case. Although California allows certain exceptions that pause the statute of limitations from running, courts rarely grant these exceptions.

How Can a Modesto Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help Me?

Modesto pedestrian accident attorneys offer valuable legal representation to injured victims in their time of need. Your attorney can assist you in resolving common issues arising after pedestrian accidents, including:

  • Establishing liability,
  • Communicating with insurance companies,
  • Gathering evidence,
  • Negotiating settlement offers,
  • Preparing for trial.

As you take the time to heal from your injuries, your pedestrian injury legal practitioner works to secure your deserved compensation. While various factors affect an average settlement for pedestrian accidents, filing a successful pedestrian accident claim could mean getting the money you need to move forward or getting nothing for your injuries.

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A lawyer handling a pedestrian case in Modesto.At Silva Injury Law, Inc., we promote healing through compassionate advocacy. Our team looks out for our client’s best interests with a commitment to achieving the best possible result for you. We tirelessly advocate for the injured throughout California from our offices in Turlock, Modesto, Merced, and Monterey. We offer free in-person or remote consultations to review the facts of your case. If we accept your matter, you don’t pay a penny until we collect compensation for you.

Our experienced lawyers also handle other types of injury cases, including:

Contact our Modesto pedestrian accident lawyer today to find out how we can help you move forward after a devastating pedestrian accident.

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