Pedestrian & Crosswalk Injuries
Injured in Santa Rosa? Call Today for a Free Consultation.
Pedestrian accidents are an all-too-common occurrence. Federal government data show that, on average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every eight minutes, and the Los Angeles Times reported in 2015 that California consistently leads the nation in pedestrian fatalities. In Santa Rosa alone, we see scores of injurious and fatal pedestrian accidents every year.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, we want to help you stand up for your legal rights. Our injury lawyers are passionate about helping accident victims and their families, and we believe that drivers who harm innocent pedestrians deserve to be held accountable. In California, the law entitles you to full and fair compensation for your accident-related losses. Let us use our extensive trial background and decades of personal injury law experience to help you win the compensation that you deserve.
About Michael Henderson, Santa Rosa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Attorney Michael Henderson is the founder of Henderson Law. For more than 20 years, he has dedicated his legal practice to representing individuals and families in times of crisis. Being injured in a pedestrian accident is a very serious matter that can affect your life for years to come, and your choice of legal representation matters. As a top graduate of California’s prestigious McGeorge School of Law and a member of The National Trial Lawyers’ list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Michael has the skill, commitment, and track record required in order to maximize your financial recovery.
“I was hesitant to seek legal help, but Michael’s professionalism, straightforward approach, and honesty put me at ease through the process. . . . The case settled for the maximum amount with minimal stress on me. I’m very happy I chose Henderson Law and would recommend it to anyone else seeking legal assistance. You have a strong, reliable, respectful advocate in Michael Henderson.”
Understanding Your Claim for Financial Compensation
In California, the basic principle in accident cases is simple: If someone else made a mistake that caused you harm, you are entitled to financial compensation. This includes compensation not only for your physical harm (i.e., coverage for your medical expenses), but also for your emotional harm and any other financial costs resulting from the accident. The total losses from an accident can be substantial; at Henderson Law, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients, including several awards in excess of $1 million. Of course, each case is different – to find out how much your case is worth, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys.
What types of mistakes can support claims for compensation after pedestrian accidents? The list is almost endless. Some of the most common issues in pedestrian accident cases include:
- Alcohol or drug impairment
- Distracted driving (i.e., talking on the phone or texting behind the wheel)
- Driving on the shoulder of the road
- Failure to stop at traffic signals
- Failure to yield at crosswalks
- Other forms of driver negligence
California Pedestrian & Crosswalk Accident FAQs
Q: Are pedestrian accidents covered by auto insurance?
Yes. It is standard for auto insurance policies to cover accidents involving pedestrians. If you or a loved one was hit as a pedestrian, your case will likely involve a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage under your policy, this may provide you with an additional source of compensation, as well.
Q: Can I file a claim if I wasn’t in a crosswalk when I got hit?
Yes. While crosswalks create additional obligations for drivers to respect pedestrians’ right of way, drivers still must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians in other locations. Even if you were jaywalking when you got hit, you should still speak with an injury attorney about filing a claim for financial compensation.
Q: Where do most pedestrian accidents occur?
Many people are surprised to learn that only a relatively small portion of pedestrian accidents occur at intersections. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only about a quarter of fatal pedestrian accidents involve intersections. IIHS data also indicate that:
- Most pedestrian accidents occur in urban settings.
- While less pedestrian accidents occur in rural settings, accidents in rural areas are more likely to be fatal.
- The most common scenario in pedestrian accidents is a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle traveling straight on a road with a speed limit below 40 mph.
Contact Henderson Law for a Free Consultation
For more information about your legal rights after a pedestrian accident in Santa Rosa, contact us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. Start your road to recovery – call (707) 843-3743 or tell us about your situation online today.