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Bakersfield Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

It seems like every week we hear about accidents involving pedestrians on the streets of Kern County. The Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Clark can help pedestrian accident victims who may not understand their rights. 

Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Bakersfield are well-versed in this area of the law. We can protect your rights even when you are unable to fight on your own behalf. 

So don’t hesitate to give us a call at (661) 616-9829 to schedule a consultation today! Or, if you prefer, you can always visit us at 1731 Chester Ave., Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5220.

Reliable and affordable, the Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Clark are always just a quick phone call or a few clicks away. Give us a call or fill out the form on our Contact Us page to schedule a consultation today!

Contact Our Bakersfield Pedestrian Accident Law Firm

Pedestrians are often hit near railroad tracks where traffic flows are irregular. If you or someone you know was hit by a car, the services of an experienced Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorney can be invaluable. 

A reckless driver can cause irreparable harm to pedestrians. Rehabilitation can be expensive. But filing a Bakersfield pedestrian accident claim can help you get the financial resources you need to cover these costs. 

Our track record for advocacy is consistent, and we would be honored to help you or your family member during these trying times.

What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?

Walking on a crosswalk safely does not always mean that the drivers around you are also acting in a safe manner. Drivers in cities like Bakersfield are at fault in a majority of pedestrian accident cases for a number of reasons. 

Many pedestrian accidents are the direct result of:

  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Distracted driving
  • Defensive or aggressive driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Illegal turning
  • Speeding 
  • Driving while fatigued, or even falling asleep 
  • Not yielding at pedestrian right of ways 
  • Driving at a time of day that results in darkness or glare

Distracted driving is dangerous and unfortunately frequent. Changing the radio, talking on the phone, eating, and especially texting while driving are all forms of distracted driving. Any action or thought that puts the driver’s attention on anything but driving on the road is distracted driving.

There are other determining factors of pedestrian accidents that may not be the driver’s fault, including:

  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Hazardous driving conditions
  • Low visibility 
  • Defective vehicle or parts out of the driver’s control 
  • Damaged sidewalks

Talk to your Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer at Chain | Cohn | Clark so that we can investigate and review your accident. Determining the cause of the accident is one of the first steps to building a strong case. Call us right away to discuss your accident. 

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Kern County?

Pedestrian accidents are particularly dangerous because there is no physical protection for the pedestrian. California is one of the most dangerous places in the country for pedestrians, with more pedestrian deaths than any other state in the nation. In fact, in just the four years between 2014 and 2018, the pedestrian death rate rose 26%.

Pedestrian accidents can lead to serious injuries and, in some cases, death. Other burdens that can be the direct result of a pedestrian accident include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Transportation costs
  • Physical therapy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 

If you are hit in a pedestrian accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

And remember that the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Clark will make sure that you get justice. We will provide you with the information you need to know your rights as a pedestrian. 

Why Should I Call a Pedestrian Accident Attorney?

The Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorneys at our law firm are extremely knowledgeable about California’s pedestrian laws. This is important because there are entire sections in the California Vehicle Code outlining crosswalk laws for both drivers and pedestrians. 

As Kern County’s leading accident and injury law firm, Chain | Cohn | Clark will:

  • Provide you with the information you need to fully understand your rights as a pedestrian
  • Use our extensive resources and Kern County connections to help determine fault and build a case against the liable driver
  • Speak with insurance companies 
  • Seek justice and maximize the compensation you can recover

Aggressive defense attorneys will build cases that can complicate a seemingly simple case. When you work with a Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer from Chain | Cohn | Clark, we will be with you every step of the way

What Kinds of Compensation Are Available for Pedestrian Accidents?

In most pedestrian accidents, the driver is at fault. However, you must be able to prove the driver is liable for the accident in order to recover compensation.

When you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in Bakersfield, a pedestrian accident lawyer at Chain | Cohn | Clark is here to make sure that you get justice. We will fight to maximize your compensation for your injuries and hardships while holding the liable driver accountable. 

We can help you seek compensation for pedestrian accident injuries that include:

  • Spinal cord damage
  • Broken bones
  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Burns
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful deal

Physical injuries are just one part of the equation when it comes to pedestrian accidents. You may endure other types of suffering, such as mental, emotional, and financial hardships. You may be entitled to the following types of compensation:

  • Lost wages and income
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Transportation costs
  • Medical bills
  • Physical or physiological therapy 
  • And more

Although it may seem obvious to you that the driver was at fault, aggressive disputes and convoluted circumstances can make your case become complicated, fast. In addition, insurance companies want to pay the absolute minimum amount, and may use pressuring tactics to get you to accept a lowball offer. 

In order to obtain the full and fair compensation, it’s essential to contact your trusted Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Clark to help you seek compensation. 

Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries

According to the National Institutes of Health, adults and children suffer differently from pedestrian accidents. 

The most common injury children experience in pedestrian accidents are head and neck injuries, at 34.6%. Pediatric units report most collision responses are traumatic brain injuries and musculoskeletal injuries. Adults suffer more musculoskeletal injuries, at 41.1%. 

Other types of injuries that victims may suffer in pedestrian accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Superficial injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, and abrasions
  • Bone fractures
  • Bone breaks
  • Internal bleeding and other internal injuries
  • Burns
  • Sprains 
  • Paralysis 
  • Wrongful death

Some of the injuries on this list can lead to more severe injury or even death down the line. Be sure to keep all medical documents and doctors’ notes to use as evidence while building your case. 

The physical injuries sustained during a pedestrian accident can be life altering. Pedestrian accidents are tragic, and are usually the unfortunate result of distracted or reckless driving. Pedestrian accidents and the resulting pain can be avoided. When they do occur, we want to make sure that you get the justice you deserve. 

Who Is Liable for My Injuries After a Pedestrian Accident?

Any person who is breaking the law and is responsible for your pedestrian accident is liable for your injuries. A driver can be declared negligent and liable, no matter what kind of vehicle they are operating. 

When we build your pedestrian accident legal case, we first need to establish who is liable. It could be the case that the vehicle was defective, so the manufacturer is to blame. The liable party may not even be a person at all, but rather a company. 

Or, it could be the case that the pedestrian injury is the fault of another pedestrian! There are many factors at play, so determining the at-fault party right away is of the utmost importance.  

People who may be liable for pedestrian accidents can include:

  • A driver of a passenger vehicle
  • A motorcyclist
  • Any other motorized vehicle operator (scooter, moped) 
  • A bicyclist 
  • Another pedestrian  
  • A truck driver 
  • A transit company 
  • A manufacturer 
  • A government agency
  • A third party company/employer

The experienced Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Clark will review the details of your pedestrian accident and build a case against the liable party or parties. We continuously overcome the most challenging obstacles in the pursuit of the best possible outcome for our clients. 

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Pedestrian Accident FAQs

Below are some questions we often hear from clients who have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident. We hope these answer some of your questions too. 

Reach out to us if you have any other questions, or if you’d like these questions answered in greater detail. 

What Happens If You Get Hit at a Crosswalk?

If you are hit in a crosswalk, you may be very shaken up and stunned. If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately. Even if you do not show signs of injury, adrenaline may keep you from noticing pain right away. Check in with a medical professional to see if there is any internal bleeding, concussion, or other injury. Your post-accident medical records can also be used as documented evidence for your case.

Next, call your Chain | Cohn | Clark Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer. If you were hit while traversing a crosswalk, we will need to know right away so we can gather evidence to build your case. 

Typically, the driver is at fault in these types of pedestrian accidents. Contact us today if you’ve been hit at a crosswalk.  

Should I Accept the Insurance Company's Settlement Offer?

First and foremost, talk to your Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer at Chain | Cohn | Clark before you speak with an insurance adjuster. Insurance companies will try to minimize the payout you receive. Talk to us first so that we can maximize your compensation.

How Do I Know If I Need to Go to Trial?

Although many pedestrian accident cases are settled before going to court, there may be the need to take your case to trial. At Chain | Cohn | Clark, we will do what is necessary to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. 

The at-fault party needs to be held accountable and your Chain | Cohn | Clark Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorney will take your case all the way to trial if that’s what it takes to get you full and fair compensation. 

How Long Do I Have to Seek Compensation After a California Pedestrian Accident?

In California, the statute of limitations for a pedestrian accident is two years. That means you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. If your claim is against the government, you only have six months to make a claim.

Even though you have two years to make a claim, it’s important to contact your Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer right away. The sooner we can begin an investigation, the more evidence we will be able to obtain for your pedestrian accident claim. 

What If I'm Partially at Fault for the Pedestrian Accident?

It is rare for the injured pedestrian to be at fault in a pedestrian accident, but if you are partially at fault, your Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer at Chain | Cohn | Clark will walk you through next steps if you are found liable. 

You may not be able to receive full compensation, but may instead share fault in a comparative negligence scenario.

Let Us Help You With Your Bakersfield Pedestrian Accident Claim

​​Documentation is one of the most important aspects of Bakersfield pedestrian accident claims, as it helps you establish your case. Although the circumstances of the collision could be affected by the rules governing pathways, one of our experienced Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Clark can navigate those issues.

Oftentimes, a pedestrian accident becomes a personal injury case. Chain | Cohn | Clark is Kern County’s leading injury law firm. Contact the Bakersfield personal injury lawyers at our firm so we can build your case and get you the compensation you deserve.

Bakersfield Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

A reckless driver can do immense damage when they lose control of their vehicle for any reason. The laws protect pedestrians against the actions of aggressive drivers, and our lawyers in Bakersfield can pursue every legal avenue available to protect the rights of pedestrians who were hit by a car, whether on a crosswalk or roadway. 

Time is an important factor in every legal case, so always keep our number in a place that is easy to remember. When it comes to professional quality representation in a court of law, you can always rely on our team of Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyers.

In addition to being Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyers, we also serve Bakersfield and greater Kern County in other types of accidents. If you or a loved one is involved in a motor vehicle accident, we are here to represent you and help you through the entire process. 

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