If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a car accident as a pedestrian, a Richmond pedestrian accident attorney at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, wrongful death and more.
The City of Richmond saw 382 traffic accidents involving pedestrians from 2012 through 2021, according to California Highway Patrol data. These accidents involved 30 deaths and 381 injuries. Sunny California sees a lot of pedestrians alongside its roads. However, unfortunately, sometimes vehicles collide with these pedestrians, leading to serious injuries like spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries.
Victims of pedestrian accidents are often left with big medical bills that they can’t pay because they’re hurt too badly to work. Pedestrian accident injuries can also cause a lot of pain and suffering, making their lives even worse. If this situation sounds familiar to you, the personal injury lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen can help you with your situation by handling every step of your case for you while you focus on recovering from your injuries. We’ll identify all liable parties and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries, pain and suffering.
We don’t charge clients a fee to handle their pedestrian accident cases until and unless our personal injury attorneys recover financial compensation for them. This means you won’t owe us any upfront fee for us to represent you in connection with your personal injury claim. You won’t owe us any out of pocket fees for us to represent you in connection with your personal injury case. The only fee we’ll charge you for handling your pedestrian accident lawsuit or pedestrian accident claim is a percentage of whatever compensation we end up recovering from you. If we don’t recover any money for you, you owe our pedestrian accident attorneys nothing.
Sometimes our clients tell us they can’t afford to have their pedestrian injuries treated. If you can’t afford to get your injuries treated by a doctor, we’ll get you to some of the best doctors in California who will treat your pedestrian accident injuries on a lien, which means they won’t charge you any fees until the end of your case. Doctors do this for our clients because they know the experienced personal injury attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen get great results for clients.
Call an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a pedestrian accident in Richmond. We will fight to protect your legal rights and make sure the insurance company pays you what you deserve for your injuries. You can also text us from this page or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page.
What Compensation Can A Richmond Pedestrian Accident Attorney At Nadrich & Cohen Help Me Recover?
Unfortunately, pedestrian safety is not guaranteed on the roads and sidewalks of California. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, the Richmond pedestrian accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover financial compensation for:
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian, you’re likely already facing significant medical expenses. In addition, you might have suffered severe injuries which will need future treatment. When we handle your pedestrian accident case, we can help you recover compensation for any past or future medical bills related to your accident.
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Pedestrian accident victims in Richmond are sometimes hurt so badly that they can’t work for a while. Victims might also have to take off from work in order to get treatment for their injuries. When pedestrian accidents occur, we help their victims recover compensation for any wages the accidents cause them to be unable to earn.
Loss Of Earning Capacity
When pedestrian accidents happen, their victims are sometimes injured so severely they can’t ever work again, or can’t ever work again in the same field. When we handle pedestrian accident claims, we help victims recover compensation for any loss or reduction of their earning capacity caused by their accident.
Pain And Suffering
When pedestrians are involved in car accidents, they can end up suffering a tremendous amount of physical pain and mental suffering. If you’ve suffered a serious injury that has caused you pain and suffering, a personal injury attorney at Nadrich & Cohen can place an accurate value on your pain and suffering and make sure you get fairly compensated for it.
When pedestrian fatalities occur, unfortunately, financial compensation can’t bring back those lost. However, if you’ve lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident, compensation can make sure you don’t suffer financially because of it. Our pedestrian accident law firm can help you recover compensation for your loved one’s medical bills, pain, suffering, burial costs and funeral costs, as well as for the loss of your loved one’s income, household services, companionship and love.
Common Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents In Richmond
Richmond pedestrian accidents happen often when a driver is reckless or negligent. While drivers aren’t always to blame, common scenarios in pedestrian accidents include:
Not Giving Pedestrians The Right Of Way
Accidents like these typically occur when pedestrians are in crosswalks. A lot of drivers wrongly think pedestrians have an obligation to yield, yet this is usually not the case. California law obligates drivers to yield to passengers in crosswalks. When drivers don’t do this, they’re liable for injuries and damages that they cause.
Driving While Distracted
It’s increasingly common for drivers to drive while distracted. This is largely due to the popularity of smartphones and similar devices that drivers inappropriately use. Unfortunately, when drivers are distracted, it exponentially increases accident risk. Distracted drivers typically overestimate the ability they have to drive safely. Evidence demonstrates that drivers who use devices, text, or otherwise become distracted are the most likely drivers to be in accidents which cause injuries.
Driving While Drunk, Drugged Or Fatigued
Drivers who drive while unrested or under the influence of alcohol or drugs put pedestrians and others at risk for accidents, as well as for injuries and death. It is not a coincidence that a lot of pedestrian accidents occur at night – fatigued driving as well as driving while drunk or drugged is most common at night.
Not Using Turn Signals
Drivers who don’t communicate their intention to make a turn can cause pedestrians to think it’s safe to cross roads at intersections when it actually isn’t. Drivers should not assume that pedestrians are aware of what they will do. This is why pedestrians are given the right of way.
Reckless Driving And Speeding
A driver who exceeds speed limits or drives recklessly, especially in an urban area, doesn’t give themself enough time in order to slow down for pedestrians in their path.
Sometimes pedestrian accidents occur even when drivers aren’t negligent. This can happen when cars malfunction because of defective components like brakes or tires. When drivers lose control because of defective parts, the retailer, distributor and manufacturer of the product can be held liable for any injuries which result.
Poor Road Maintenance Or Design
Everyone who uses roads relies on government agencies and contractors to maintain and design roads which are safe for pedestrians and others. When crosswalks are placed in unexpected locations, visual obstructions prevent drivers from seeing pedestrians, or shoulders and sidewalks aren’t adequately maintained, the result can be pedestrian accidents.
What Should I Do After A Pedestrian Accident In Richmond?
If you got involved in an accident as a pedestrian in Richmond, we recommend you:
You may have suffered serious injuries in your pedestrian accident. If you are able to, call 911 immediately to make sure emergency responders arrive as quickly as possible. This will also make sure police arrive in order to control traffic, investigate the accident and produce a police report.
Get the driver’s name, insurance information and contact information. If you were struck by a vehicle, as the driver if they were working when they struck you. If they were, get the information of their employer. You’ll need this info in order to pursue a claim.
Use your smartphone to take video and pictures of the accident scene and of your injuries. Take pictures from multiple angles. Take pictures of anything at the scene which may be relevant, including roadway conditions, traffic signs and traffic signals. These pictures and videos can end up being important evidence in a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Get Witness Information
If any witnesses to the accident have stayed in order to help, get their names as well as their contact info. Your lawyer might contact them in order to get statements later on.
Receive Medical Attention As Soon As Possible
It is very important to be seen by a doctor as soon as you can, even if you don’t think you’re injured. It’s very common for those injured in accidents to not realize they’re hurt. What you don’t want to happen is to wait too long to get your injuries documented by a doctor, because then insurance companies can claim you can’t prove your injuries were caused by your accident.
Call Nadrich & Cohen
Before you talk with any insurance company, call our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers. Insurance companies will try to trick you into saying the wrong things, like things that imply you’re partially at fault for your accident, or things that imply you’re not hurt as badly as you claim. If you accidentally say the wrong thing to an insurance company, it can severely damage the value of your claim. Let our lawyers deal with the insurance companies for you while you focus on recovering from your pedestrian accident injuries.
Do I Need A Lawyer To Handle My Personal Injury Claim In Richmond?
Studies show that injury victims who hire attorneys recover way more money for their injuries than injury victims who don’t hire attorneys, even after attorney fees are considered. So, while it’s not a technical requirement that you have a lawyer handle your pedestrian accident claim, you’re going to want a lawyer if you want to recover the most money possible.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, the way for you to recover compensation for your injuries is probably going to be through the at-fault party’s insurance company. This insurance company simply will not offer you what you actually deserve for your injuries if you don’t have a lawyer. This is because the insurance company knows the only way you can make them offer you what you’re entitled to is by suing them over a low ball offer and winning the lawsuit. They know you can’t do this without a lawyer, so if you don’t have a lawyer, don’t expect a fair settlement offer.
However, Nadrich & Cohen has been handling pedestrian accident cases since 1990. We have recovered over $400,000,000 for our clients. Insurance companies know all about Nadrich & Cohen and our reputation for success. They know that when we represent clients in court, we win. They know that if we’re representing you, they have two choices:
- Offer you what you deserve for your injuries
- Go to court against us, lose, and have to pay you what you deserve for your injuries and expensive legal fees
Virtually every single one of our pedestrian accident cases ends up settling out of court because of this.
Calling us today for a free consultation gives you the best chance of recovering fair compensation for your pedestrian accident injuries.
Is There A Time Limit For Filing Pedestrian Accident Claims In Richmond?
Yes. Pedestrian accident injury claims are a form of personal injury claim. The time limit for filing personal injury claims in California is usually two years from the date of the accident.
However, important exceptions to this rule exist. The most important exception is when government entities like local governments or Caltrans are involved. An example of when this might occur is when pedestrian accidents are caused by dangerous roadway conditions. When government entities are liable for damages, you only have six months from the accident date to file a claim.
Call us today for a free consultation if you were hurt in a pedestrian accident. Calling us today gives us the most time possible to build a convincing pedestrian accident case on your behalf and make sure your claim is filed on time. Don’t hesitate – call us today. Time is of the essence.