Palm Desert, CA saw 93 traffic accidents involving pedestrians from 2011 through 2020, according to California Highway Patrol data. It is common for people to go for walks in sunny California. However, when those walks take pedestrians into areas near traffic, unfortunately, there is always a risk of pedestrian accident injuries occurring, since pedestrian safety is not always a guarantee.
If you have been struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, a pedestrian accident attorney at Nadrich & Cohen can file a personal injury claim on your behalf seeking financial compensation for your medical bills, pain, suffering, lost wages and more.
We don’t charge our clients any fees to handle their pedestrian accident cases until and unless we obtain compensation for our clients. This means that if you were a pedestrian injured in a car accident, we won’t charge you any money unless we win your personal injury case.
You won’t be charged any upfront fees or out of pocket fees by our personal injury attorneys. The only fee that we charge is a percentage of any compensation we obtain for our clients.
If you can’t afford treatment for your injuries, even if you have serious injuries, we can get you to doctors who will treat you on a lien, meaning you won’t be charged anything for treatment until your case is over.
Doctors are willing to do this for the pedestrian accident attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen because they know we obtain fantastic results for our clients.
Call us today for a free consultation, fill out the free case evaluation form on this page or text us from this page if you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley or Riverside County. We can file a pedestrian accident lawsuit on your behalf seeking compensation for your injuries.
It’s Easy To Work With A Pedestrian Accident Attorney At Nadrich & Cohen
When you sign with Nadrich & Cohen, we will immediately tell any insurance companies involved that all communications or negotiations will now go through us.
The process of working with us involves:
Free Case Evaluation
We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and 365 days per year. We will provide you with a free case review and let you know every single one of your options during your free consultation.
Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers
You won’t have to pay us a single penny until and unless we recover money to compensate you for your injuries.
Developing A Plan
Our legal team will develop a custom plan that’s tailored specifically to the individual circumstances of your case. We’ll send insurance companies letters indicating we represent you. We’ll perform thorough investigations. We’ll collect all evidence needed. We’ll recover police reports.
Receiving Medical Treatment
We’ll assist you with navigating the world of healthcare and your treatment. We work with some of the best doctors in California who can treat you, even if you don’t possess health insurance, without charging you until your case ends.
We’ve been negotiating with insurance companies for over 30 years. We know all the tricks in the book and we’re very good at it. We’ll negotiate for you to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and more.
Receiving A Settlement
Our objective is to get the insurance company to agree to a fair settlement so our clients receive fair, just compensation for their damages and injuries.
Litigating Your Case
Almost all of our cases settle out of court because insurance companies know about our reputation for success. However, in the rare event we fail to reach an agreeable settlement in your pedestrian accident claim, rest assured that your case will be in good hands with Nadrich & Cohen.
Our litigation department is prepared to take your case to court and win.
What Is My Case Worth?
It is difficult to predict how much a pedestrian accident case might be worth. This is because every injury and accident is unique.
However, numerous factors can have a significant impact on how much money an injury victim might receive in a judgment or settlement.
Injury severity is a large factor. Cases involving serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries will generally be worth more money.
In general, when it takes longer for victims to recover from injuries and when injuries prohibit or affect victims’ normal routines, these cases are worth more money.
When pedestrian injuries result in permanent disabilities, the compensation recovered can involve a lifetime of healthcare, medical equipment, and needs to consider victims’ loss of their ability to work or support themselves.
Another factor that impacts how much your case might be worth is how much insurance is covered by the at-fault driver. Unfortunately, some drivers only carry the bare minimum of insurance made necessary by the State of California.
When policy limits don’t come close to cover a victim’s lost wages and medical bills, an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer might explore different options in order to recover more compensation. This might include filing a claim with a victim’s own insurance using the victim’s uninsured/underinsured driver coverage.
Another factor which impacts the value of your case is the emotional trauma and physical pain that you and your family have endured because of your accident.
Damages for pain and suffering might include depression and anxiety that you experience while recovering from your injuries. Injuries can also strain family or spousal relationships, and this strain can be factored into a settlement or judgment as well.
What Compensation Is Available In My Personal Injury Claim?
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, you might qualify to be compensated for:
If you have been injured as a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover compensation for your medical expenses. This includes any medical bills you’ve already incurred as well as any medical bills which might be generated by treatment you will require in the future.
One reason many people hire the pedestrian accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen is because they’ve been hurt, they’re facing medical bills and they can’t work because they’ve been hurt. We help pedestrian accident victims recover compensation for any wages they’re unable to earn because of their accident. Whether you’ve simply been hurt too badly to work or you’ve had to take time off from work in order to have your injuries treated, we can recover the wages you weren’t able to earn while you had to miss work.
Loss Of Earning Capacity
When pedestrian accidents occur, the victims are often hurt so badly that they can never work again or they can never work in the same field again. When this occurs, a loss or reduction of earning capacity is the result. The pedestrian accident claims we file often include compensation for lost earning capacity.
Pain And Suffering
When pedestrian accidents happen, the resulting injuries often cause victims tremendous amounts of physical pain and mental suffering. We can help you recover compensation for the pain and suffering experienced after your pedestrian accident.
Unfortunately, pedestrian fatalities are sometimes the result of pedestrian accidents. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may qualify for compensation for your loved one’s medical expenses, pain, suffering, funeral bills and burial bills. You could also be eligible to be compensated for the loss of your loved one’s household services, income, love and companionship after losing them in a pedestrian accident.
Punitive damages are not always awarded in pedestrian accident cases. However, they are sometimes awarded when the at-fault driver’s conduct was particularly egregious, such as in cases of drunk driving. If you or a loved one was injured due to the reckless or intentional conduct of someone else, we will seek punitive damages on your behalf in order to maximize your recovery.
Who Is Liable For Pedestrian Accidents?
In the State of California, when pedestrians are hurt in accidents involving motorists or others, the person who caused the accident might be held financially liable for any damages.
This could be:
- The driver of a motor vehicle
- The owner of any property which might have contributed to an accident
- Government entities when dangerous roadway conditions contribute to an accident
- Pedestrians who cause or contribute to accidents via negligence
Multiple parties can be liable, such as drivers of vehicles that strike pedestrians or property owners whose negligence contribute to an accident.
Negligence can also be shared between multiple parties in California when it is deemed that multiple parties are at fault. The way this works is that if you are found 30 percent at fault for an accident, the money you are eligible to receive as compensation is simply reduced by 30 percent. What this means is that you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries even if you were partially at fault for your own pedestrian accident. For example, if you were struck by a vehicle while jaywalking, you could still be eligible for compensation if, as an example, the driver who struck you was distracted by a cellphone and speeding.
When assessing who is liable for a pedestrian accident, it’s vital to figure out what type of negligent actions may have happened such as vehicles not stopping at crosswalks or motorists driving through red lights.
Every situation will ultimately depend on its own unique circumstances so it’s vital for you to consult with experienced lawyers like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen if you want the best results when you seek compensation for your injuries.
What Should I Do After A Pedestrian Accident In Palm Desert?
California drivers are mandated by the state vehicle code to yield the right of way to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks. Drivers in California owe pedestrians a duty to slow down, use any precautions necessary, and yield the right of way to anyone in a crosswalk. So, if you’re injured as a pedestrian, you might be eligible to file a claim.
After your pedestrian accident, in order to protect your legal rights, you should:
Ensure your own safety: Your number one priority should be ensuring you’re safe. Move away from traffic and get to a safe place if possible.
Call the police: Call the police to make sure a detailed police report is created, and be sure to get a copy of the report, as this copy could prove vital in terms of recovering compensation for your injuries. Have somebody else call the police if you can’t.
Ask for emergency medical care: Call for medical care or ask somebody else to call for you. If you don’t require emergency medical care, be sure to receive medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. You may have an injury you’re not aware of or you may be hurt far worse than you realize. The longer you wait to have any injuries documented, the more likely an insurance company can claim something other than your pedestrian accident caused your injuries, meaning the insurance company won’t pay you for your injuries.
Exchange contact information: Get contact and insurance information from the at-fault driver. However, keep conversation to the bare minimum necessary to do this. Don’t say anything else. Especially don’t apologize or admit fault for the accident. If they won’t give you contact and insurance info, write down or keep in mind details which could help identify them. Get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident as well.
Collect evidence: Take photos and videos of the site of the accident with your smartphone. Do so from multiple angles. Be sure to photograph or videotape anything relevant, such as roadway conditions, street signs, traffic signals, etc.
Obtain legal representation: Once your condition is stable, call experienced pedestrian accident lawyers like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen.
Pedestrian accidents can lead to severe injuries and very costly losses. A pedestrian accident lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen can give you financial support, helping you receive compensation for missed wages, medical costs, pain and suffering. You and your lawyer will investigate the accident, collect proof and build a convincing case.
Experienced Pedestrian Accident Representation
We have been helping pedestrian accident victims in Palm Desert and throughout California recover compensation for their injuries since 1990. In that time, we have recovered over $400,000,000 for our clients.
We haven’t just been representing injury victims for over 30 years; representing injury victims has been our primary focus for over 30 years. We’ve spent over three decades finely honing the craft of proving that others’ negligence was responsible for our clients injuries and negotiating with insurance companies to recover the largest possible settlements for our clients.
Insurance companies don’t want to pay you for your injuries and they’ll do whatever they can to avoid paying you. They won’t hesitate to resort to dirty tactics like delay tactics or even trying to trick you into incriminating yourself. However, we know all of the insurance industry’s tricks and we won’t fall for them. We will handle all negotiations and communications with insurance companies for you so you can focus on recovering from your injuries and don’t have to worry about incriminating yourself on a recorded phone call with the insurance company.
Insurance companies fear seeing our name on representation letters because they know that when we represent injury victims, we will either force them to pay our clients what they deserve or we will take them to court and win.
Call us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was hurt in a pedestrian accident in Palm Desert, CA. Let us put our experience and expertise to work for you. Let us fight to recover the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us today.