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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. If you or a loved one were the victim of a pedestrian accident, the Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Clark can help you understand your 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.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation today! Or, if you prefer, you can always visit us in Bakersfield, CA.

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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 may be invaluable. 

A reckless driver can cause irreparable harm to a pedestrian. Rehabilitation can be expensive. Filing a Bakersfield pedestrian accident claim can help you get the financial compensation you need to meet the cost of your recovery. 

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

What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?

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

Many pedestrian accidents are the direct result of:

  • Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving while drowsy or falling asleep 
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Illegal turns or not yielding the right of way to pedestrians
  • Poor visibility because of darkness or glare from the sun

Distracted driving is particularly dangerous and—unfortunately—common. Changing radio stations, talking on the phone, eating, and texting while driving are all forms of distracted driving. Anything that diverts a driver’s attention from driving can cause a distracted driving accident.

Other factors in pedestrian accidents that may not be the driver’s fault include:

  • Inclement weather
  • Road hazards
  • Poor visibility 
  • Vehicle defects or mechanical failures
  • Damaged sidewalks

A Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer at Chain | Cohn | Clark can investigate the circumstances of your accident. Determining the cause of an accident is one of the first steps in building a strong case, so call us right away to discuss your accident. 

What Should I Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Kern County?

Pedestrian accidents are particularly dangerous because pedestrians have no physical protection. California is one of the most dangerous places in the country for pedestrians, with more pedestrian deaths than any other state in the nation. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian deaths have increased by 58% since 2009, and there were more pedestrian deaths in 2020 than in any year since 1989.

Pedestrian accidents can lead to serious injuries or death. Other burdens that may be the direct result of a pedestrian accident include:

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

If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Why Should I Call a Pedestrian Accident Attorney?

The Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Clark 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 drivers and pedestrians. 

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

  • Inform you of your rights as a pedestrian.
  • Use our extensive resources and Kern County connections to determine fault and build a case against the liable driver.
  • Speak with insurance companies.
  • Seek justice and maximize the compensation you can recover.

We know how to respond to aggressive defense attorneys, who can muddy the waters of even a seemingly simple case. When you work with the Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyers from Chain | Cohn | Clark, we’re with you every step of the way

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What Kinds of Compensation Are Available for Pedestrian Accidents?

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

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident in Bakersfield, the pedestrian accident lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Clark can ensure that you receive justice. We will fight to maximize the compensation for your injuries and hardships, holding the liable driver accountable. 

We can help you seek compensation for pedestrian accident injuries, including:

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

Physical injuries are only one part of the equation when it comes to pedestrian accidents. You may also be enduring mental, emotional, and financial hardships. You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Lost wages and income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost quality of life
  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy

Although it may seem obvious that the driver was at fault, aggressive defenses and convoluted circumstances can quickly complicate a case. In addition, insurance companies typically seek to pay the absolute minimum and may pressure you to accept a lowball offer. 

To obtain full and fair compensation, it’s essential to contact a trusted Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorney at Chain | Cohn | Clark

Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries

According to the National Institutes of Health, adults and children suffer differently from pedestrian accidents. Children most commonly experience head and neck injuries (34.6%) and musculoskeletal injuries (22.2%). Adults suffer more musculoskeletal injuries (41.1%) than head and neck injuries (26.7%).

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Other types of injuries in pedestrian accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
  • External injuries, such as burns, cuts, and scrapes
  • Internal injuries like internal bleeding
  • Broken bones and sprains

Many pedestrian accident injuries can lead to more severe health problems or even death. Be sure to keep all medical documents and doctors’ notes for use as evidence in building your case. 

Pedestrian accidents are tragic and usually the result of distracted or reckless driving. The physical injuries sustained during a pedestrian accident can be life-altering. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, we want to make sure you receive the justice you deserve. 

Who Is Liable for My Injuries After a Pedestrian Accident?

When we build your pedestrian accident legal case, we first need to establish who is liable. There are many factors at play, so determining the at-fault party right away is of the utmost importance.

  • A negligent driver can be the liable party, no matter what kind of vehicle they are operating.
  • The liable party may be a corporation rather than an individual person. For example, in some instances, a vehicle is defective. Consequently, the manufacturer may be to blame.
  • Sometimes a pedestrian accident is the fault of another pedestrian!

Potential liable parties in pedestrian accidents include:

  • The driver of any type of motorized vehicle 
  • A bicyclist
  • Another pedestrian
  • 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 outcomes for our clients.

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Pedestrian Accident FAQs

Below are some questions we often hear from clients who have suffered injuries in pedestrian accidents. 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?

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, a concussion, or another injury. Your post-accident medical records can be used as documentary evidence for your case.

Next, call your Chain | Cohn | Clark Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer. If you were hit while traversing a crosswalk, we 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?

Should I Accept the Insurance Company's Settlement Offer?

First and foremost, talk to a 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?

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

Although many pedestrian accident cases are settled out of court, other cases need to go 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 for you to receive full and fair compensation. 

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

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

In California, the statute of limitations for initiating a claim following a pedestrian accident is two years. In other words, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, if your claim is against the government, you only have six months to make a claim.

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

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

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

It is rare for an injured pedestrian to be at fault in a pedestrian accident, but your Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer at Chain | Cohn | Clark will walk you through the 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 because it helps establish your case. The circumstances of a collision may be affected by the rules governing pathways. The experienced Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Clark can navigate those issues.

Often, a pedestrian accident becomes a personal injury case. Chain | Cohn | Clark is Kern County’s leading personal 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 law protects pedestrians against the actions of aggressive drivers, and our lawyers in Bakersfield pursue every legal avenue available to protect the rights of pedestrians who have been hit by a car, whether on a crosswalk or in a roadway. 

Time is an important factor in every legal case, so always keep our number handy. When it comes to professional 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 can represent you and help you through the entire process. 

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