When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, it’s pretty clear who will suffer most. Pedestrians sustain major injuries on busy Palmdale Lancaster roads. Most of these injuries turn out to be life-altering. Crosswalks and street signs protect pedestrians, and our roads are generally more organized and professionally managed than ever before yet pedestrians are continuing to get hit by motorists, daily.
New developments, road conditions, and new technology does not always translate to higher degrees of safety. In recent years, pedestrian fatalities in California have actually been increasing by a rate of more than 20%. It seems clear that even with the latest developments in traffic safety and new safety regulations, pedestrian injuries are apparently unavoidable.
Pedestrian injuries may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that they’re acceptable. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you deserve the right to take legal action against those responsible. Filing a claim and/or a lawsuit gives you the opportunity to receive proper compensation in the form of a financial settlement. This settlement can provide you with the necessary funds to cover medical expenses, missed wages (and future wages), and other damages.
If you wish to file an injury claim, you should get in touch with a qualified Palmdale Lancaster Pedestrian attorney as soon as possible. You will be glad you did. You will not owe a penny until your case is settled.
Why You Need To Act Quickly
So why is it so important to act quickly if you or a loved one has been involved in a recent accident in California? Basically, you will lose your ability to file a claim or lawsuit if you don’t move fast enough. This is due to California’s statute of limitations.
This is a legal time limit placed upon injury victims to bring or file their claims. In California, the statute of limitations for a general personal injury claim is 2 years. In some cases, your time to file may ONLY be six (6) months from the date the injury occurred. As such, it is critical that you do not wait long before filing your claim.
The clock starts ticking as soon as you become aware of your injury, and not necessarily when the injury itself occurred. This information can be an important distinction since victims may have suffered injuries that they only become aware of years after the accident.
You might be asking yourself how someone could fail to notice a serious injury. Well, the victim may have:
- Gone into a coma after their pedestrian accident.
- Suffered brain damage that left them mentally incapacitated, and they failed to act quickly because of a decline in cognitive ability.
- Symptoms associated with the sustained may have been delayed.
There are many reasons why someone might become aware of their injuries immediately after the crash.
Even with these factors in mind, it’s always a good idea to act as quickly as possible after an accident. You should start searching for a qualified attorney as soon as possible after your accident. In some cases, it might take months to find a lawyer that you feel you can work with effectively. You may also struggle to find the time to connect with a lawyer while undergoing medical treatments.
Finally, critical evidence may be more difficult to collect and compile as time goes by. Witnesses of the accident may move out of state. Police officers and other first responders may retire or relocate. The reliability of certain evidence may decline over time. This all means that connecting with an attorney as soon as possible is extremely important.
Filing A Wrongful Death Claim For A Pedestrian Accident
Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents result in people losing their lives. This leaves surviving family members in a very precarious situation, especially if they are left with unpaid medical bills, funeral costs, and other expenses. In addition, the family may have lost a major wage earner. A surviving spouse may be asking themselves how they can raise their children with such a major source of income gone.
Fortunately, surviving family members can file personal injury lawsuits on behalf of their deceased loved ones, and these are generally referred to as “wrongful death claims.” Along with a range of damages, family members can receive compensation for “loss of future income.”
Enlist The Help Of A Qualified Attorney Today
If you’ve been searching the California area for a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney, look no further than Oaks Law Firm. We have considerable experience with a wide range of traffic injury claims, including those involving pedestrian accidents. We understand how severe pedestrian injuries can be, and we’re committed to helping victims receive the necessary settlement to get their lives back on track.
A settlement makes it easier to get the treatment you need and recover in the most efficient way possible. After such a traumatic life event, you deserve the opportunity to heal fully or to recover damages as the sole heir of the injured victim. Book your zero-obligation consultation today. You will be glad you did.