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Pedestrian Accident in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Fighting for the Rights of Injured Pedestrians

When most people think of auto accidents, they generally don't think of individuals walking on foot. But a Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer will tell you that common collisions don't just involve two or more vehicles. A decent percentage of auto accidents only involve one driver. Furthermore, these types of accidents can commonly cause substantial damage and horrendous injuries. This is particularly accurate when the collision involves a pedestrian.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorneys at Tim D. Wright know that you are experiencing a difficult time. Medical expenses are piling up, you're off of work, and you're hurt and in pain. Additionally, you might be receiving calls from an auto insurance company and you do not know what to do.

The good news is that we are here to help. The attorneys at Tim D. Wright have been taking on pedestrian accident claims for many years with great success. If you have a case, we are ready and willing to fight for you.

What Are Common Causes of Bakersfield Pedestrian Accidents in Bakersfield?

Motorists have a duty of care while operating their cars that includes more than just other vehicles. Motorists must also keep a lookout for the more vulnerable people on the roads, such as motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Here are the main causes:

If a driver does not pay close enough attention-- or their driving is impaired for some other reason-- they might seriously injure or kill a pedestrian accidentally.

In order to fully comprehend how significant pedestrian accidents are and how to prevent them, we also have to know what leads to pedestrian accidents.

Some leading causes of accidents involving pedestrians include:

  • Turning and merging accidents
  • Exiting a parking lot or driveway
  • Failing to yield
  • Speeding
  • DUI
  • Bad weather
  • Delivery truck accidents
  • Loading and unloading bus and rail travelers
  • Distracted driving

How Can I Avoid Pedestrian Accidents?

Although it is impossible to account for the actions of those around you, there are several things you can do to help avoid becoming the victim of a pedestrian accident.

Listed here are many precautions to take to avoid getting hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian:

  • Cross the street in designated crosswalks
  • Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right
  • At stop light intersections, only cross when you have a walk signal
  • When crossing the street, be defensive and assume the motorist doesn't see you
  • Try to make eye contact with the driver so that you know for sure that they see you
  • Never cross midblock, particularly when walking on busy city streets or roads with multiple lanes
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are accessible
  • Stay alert at all times. Try to minimize distractions on your phone
  • Only use one earbud at a time so you do not lose all sense of hearing
  • Do not try to beat traffic. If you think that you need to jog or speed up, you are cutting it too close
  • Wear bright and reflective clothing after dark
  • Look for vehicles entering or leaving driveways and parking garages or reversing in parking lots

What Should I Do If I'm Hurt in a Bakersfield Pedestrian Accident?

Knowing what to do after you are hit by a car while on foot is necessary to make sure that you can preserve your rights and legal options in case you are seriously injured or have other damages.

  • Call the police and make a report
  • Take down witness information at the scene
  • Take pictures and video of the accident scene
  • Collect as much of your own evidence as possible, including names, police reports, etc
  • Get medical attention right away
  • Call a pedestrian accident attorney
  • Do not speak with an auto insurance company before you've had a meeting with an attorney

As a growing number of people turn to either public transportation or walking as an alternative to commuting by car, more pedestrians end up on the public roads. This is especially true in metropolitan locations like Bakersfield, where people commonly walk from bus stops, "L" stops, or rail stations to their homes or places of employment.

Too often, pedestrians are struck by drivers that are too distracted to notice them crossing the street or walking behind a car. And when this happens, it will be the pedestrian, not the motorist, that pays the price.

The pedestrian injury attorneys at Tim D. Wright have comprehensive experience working with those that are injured in this kind of accident. We can pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf, or a wrongful death suit on behalf of a loved one that has been killed in a pedestrian accident in Bakersfield or any other of the surrounding neighborhoods.

What kinds of compensation can I obtain if I prevail in a Bakersfield pedestrian accident case?

If you achieve a settlement or the court rules in your favor, you can get compensation for losses related to your pedestrian accident and injuries, including:

  • Medical treatment expenses
  • Lost income
  • Estimated future medical treatment expenses
  • Estimated future lost wages
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Decreased quality of life
  • And more

A Bakersfield pedestrian accident is a life-altering occurrence when victims sustain major injuries. Contact a skilled Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer today that can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Contact the Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Tim D. Wright

If you or somebody close to you has experienced an accident as a pedestrian, visit our firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. These can be very challenging cases, and hiring a law firm familiar with the issues associated with pedestrian accidents in the Bakersfield area is your best choice for obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Our Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorneys have a proven history of success in litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of clients and loved ones living with the tragedy of a serious or fatal accident.

I am very satisfied and thankful with Attorney Tim Wright and his whole team for taking care and handling my fathers personal injuries case. Thank you all very much your staff is amazing, very helpful.
Abraham Ortega
The Law Offices of Tim D. Wright were awesome. They were professional, they kept an open communication with me through out the process.  Big shout out to Sergio and Mercedes for being very helpful with my settlement.
Frank Medina

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