For many Redlands residents, having the opportunity to browse local shops and malls is a favorite Saturday afternoon pastime. However, sometimes an enjoyable Saturday can turn into a nightmare when they are involved in an accident. Pedestrian accidents can happen at any time of the day and are most commonly linked to car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Sometimes these accidents are caused by pedestrian negligence, such as instances of jay-walking or attempting to cross busy traffic lanes; in which case, the pedestrian has no real rights of compensation.
However, most often the accidents are caused by DUI infractions, texting and distracted driving, or the driver simply not paying attention. Whatever the reason, should an accident occur where the driver is at fault, residents may want to contact a Redlands pedestrian accident lawyer to help them understand their rights under California law.
Here are just a few of the ways that a Redlands pedestrian accident lawyer can help you.
1. File Timely Claims
When an accident happens, it necessary for a claim to be timely filed with the police as well as the driver’s insurance company. However, in many accidents, the victim sustains severe injuries that require immediate and long-term hospitalization and recovery, and the victim may not have the ability to file the claim themselves. This is where having a pedestrian accident lawyer can help. The lawyer can explain your rights and filing obligations under California law and can ensure that all processes are completed timely.
2. Investigate the Driver
When in the case of a pedestrian accident in relation to the driver of commercially owned vehicle, the lawyer can request driving records to see if the driver has a history of accidents and poor driving habits. If the company knew of the drivers ‘poor driving history, then the attorney can help you navigate claims of negligence.
3. Negotiate With Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are not necessarily out to help the victim. While it is true that they may offer financial compensation, they are usually out to do it for the cheapest amount possible. A person attempting to negotiate themselves may find that they keep receiving offers that are too low or that there are constant ribbons of red tape to cut. Having a knowledgeable attorney can help ensure that you as a victim receive the compensation to which the law entitles you based factors like the severity of your injuries, loss of income, pain and suffering and even death of a loved one.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, call a Redlands pedestrian injury attorney today to understand your rights, obligations, and to help you and your family receive the compensation that you deserve.