Citrus Heights Pedestrian Accident Lawyer


Walking can become a dangerous feat when vehicles are involved. In fact, pedestrian fatalities account for a large percentage of all auto accident fatalities in Citrus Heights. Most of these pedestrian accidents are hit and runs. A hit and run accident usually is caused by a car hitting a pedestrian due to carelessness or inattention before driving off without reporting the accident, accepting responsibility, or helping the injured victim. Hit and runs are especially dangerous because they increase the time elapse between the accident and rendering emergency medical attention to injury victims.

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident or hit and run in Citrus Heights, you need to seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer immediately. We recognize that you want to know as much as possible about an attorney before selecting your lawyer.  We invite you to read further, look at other sections of our website, such as our verdicts and settlements page, and contact us for free and no-hassle advice about your pedestrian accident case. Call us at 916.921.6400 for a free consultation.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Citrus Heights

Pedestrian accidents can be caused by cars, SUVs, big rigs, motorcycles, and even bicycles. While occasionally Citrus Heights pedestrian accidents are caused by pedestrian negligence, the vast majority of collisions are caused by careless driving, which includes:

  • Failing to stop at a crosswalk
  • Failing to obey speed limits
  • Failing to exercise care in child play areas
  • Disobeying crossing guards
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Not using headlights in the dark
  • Failing to look both ways
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians

Careless or distracted driving is known as negligence in the legal field. A driver is negligent when they fail to exercise reasonable care to avoid running into a pedestrian. Drivers owe a duty of care to pedestrians walking on nearby sidewalks or crossing the street. When a driver is careless or violates driving laws, pedestrians’ lives are at risk.

Watch the following video for tips on pedestrian safety.

Our law firm has pursued compensation for countless Citrus Heights victims injured by car accidents. Our team of dedicated personal injury lawyers, paralegals, investigators, experts, and support staff work as one cohesive unit to thoroughly evaluate, investigate, and litigate your case. Together for the past 20 years, we have become a family, and we welcome each and every client into this family. We provide our clients with individual attention. While we are compassionate and understanding with our clients, we zealously and diligently advocate for your right to compensation in the courtroom.

The Consequences of Catastrophic Pedestrian Accidents

We have served the residents of Citrus Heights and have worked closely with local clients who have suffered an injury in devastating pedestrian accidents since 1982. Clients and even their families have suffered greatly. Common injuries include physical, financial, and emotional trauma.

We often see the following injuries after pedestrian accidents:

  • Death
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Nerve injuries
  • Chest and abdomen injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Loss of functioning
  • Amputations
  • Lacerations, road rash, and abrasions
  • Broken bones

Pedestrian accidents cause physical, financial, and emotional harm to victims.  These physical injuries can cause years of pain and disability. Many of my clients have undergone intense physical therapy, surgery, and medical procedures to overcome their injuries.  Pedestrian accidents also cause severe financial hardships when victims cannot return to work to provide for their families. These accidents are also extremely traumatic and cause stress and anxiety for the victim in the form of emotional distress and pain, and suffering.

A pedestrian accident lawsuit can assist you with seeking compensation for your monetary and non-monetary damages.

Citrus Heights Pedestrian Accident FAQ

How much can I recover from my pedestrian injury accident case?

The answer is not always straightforward because each case differs. Many factors like the severity of your injuries, your potential medical treatments, and how the accident has impacted your life are considered in a pedestrian injury accident case. It is difficult to determine the exact amount, especially when damages such as loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering are involved. The best way to find out what your pedestrian accident case is worth is to consult with an experienced injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. The attorney will review your case to provide you an estimated settlement range. The lawyer can assist you in receiving the maximum amount of compensation for your injury claim.

Can I file a pedestrian accident claim without an attorney?

You can file a lawsuit without a lawyer if your accident is minor. However, if you have sustained severe injuries, it is best to work with an experienced lawyer to successfully recover fair compensation for your damages. It is vital to have a skilled attorney guide you through the legal process. If the insurance company offers a low ball settlement, your lawyer will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve and take your case to court if necessary.

How will I afford a personal injury attorney?

Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don't pay any upfront fees. The lawyer only gets paid if they successfully win your case and take a small fee percentage of the settlement they recover for you. This arrangement allows you to work with the best personal injury attorneys without worrying about paying huge legal fees. 

Citrus Heights Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of another, please call our experienced Citrus Heights pedestrian accident lawyers at 916-921-6400 or 800-404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

See our client reviews on AvvoGoogle, and Yelp and our past cases on our Verdicts and Settlements page.

Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 5.5.22]

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