The most common type of pedestrian accident in San Bernardino happens when a person is hit by a car, truck, or motorcycle.
Pedestrian accidents occur frequently in California because of the large number of motor vehicles and people who like to walk or run in the nice weather.
Pedestrian accident injuries often result in severe injuries, as they involve a car or heavy truck, which may be traveling at high speed, hitting an unprotected pedestrian.
For this reason, many pedestrian accidents result in deaths caused from negligence and other catastrophic injuries.
According to police reports, some of the most common places for pedestrian accidents in San Bernardino are the following:
- Base Line and Belle Street
- Foothill Boulevard
- College Avenue and University Parkway
- North Macy and West Mesa Streets
- Baseline Street and Crestview Avenue
Top Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in San Bernardino, CA
Always be careful when walking down the street.
Crossing the street is not as simple as the advice we were told by mom and dad of “look both ways before crossing”.
A car can run you over from any direction.
For example, if you do not realize that you have a car behind you, you may get run over and may be injured as a result of the pedestrian accident.
With so many distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and drivers under the influence of drugs in the streets of San Bernardino, pedestrian accidents are too common.
There are three main causes of a pedestrian accident in San Bernardino:
- The driver did not give the right of way to the pedestrian at a crosswalk
- Hit & run accidents
- The driver did not stop completely at a stop sign
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a pedestrian accident you should consider consulting with a lawyer with experience and knowledge in pedestrian accidents.
Common Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents in San Bernardino, CA
Each traffic accident is unique and this also applies to run-overs in pedestrian accidents
In any case, there are a number of injuries that occur more frequently than others.
When a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle it often leads the victim to suffer serious brain injuries or broken bones.
The consequences of these injuries, can usually go from permanent incapacitation all the way to death of the victim.
Fractures of the limbs, pelvis, and ribs are also very common in pedestrian accidents.
When referring to pelvic fractures, it should be noted that the frequency of these varies according to the age of the victim, so older people are more likely to suffer a pelvic fracture than children.
And, in general terms, the bones most commonly fractured in pedestrian accidents are the femur, tibia, and fibula.
Hospital Bills in Pedestrian Accidents
Your insurance company will require frequent updates of your injuries and condition.
A specialist knows this, and will make these reports in your name.
To improve your injury claim, your doctor must provide detailed reports of your wounds and medical treatment.
A medical specialist knows which information he has to present to the insurance company in order to properly document your injuries and treatments.
Your injuries and treatments must be documented correctly, both for your insurance company, and your pedestrian accident claim.
Your medical bills can be paid by your insurance, another insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid, or another medical service.
A lawyer who deals with pedestrian accidents will know who should receive the bills for your treatment.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, call Maryam Parman to receive legal advice during a free initial consultation.
With 20 years of experience and $ Millions recovered, Maryam is here to help.
What is My Pedestrian Accident Claim Worth?
Our attorneys strive to obtain the medical care and compensation our injured clients deserve, including all damages under Californian law for all injuries from the pedestrian accident including:
- All past and future medical expenses, hospital bills, physical therapy, psychological, cosmetic, and dental charges
- All past and future income losses and also all the time lost on the job
- Loss of enjoyment of life and activities lost
- All past and future pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Any and all other appropriate damages allowed under Californian law
Let someone with experience in handling these issues help you.
Call our offices for a free consultation with Maryam Parman or any member of our legal team.
How Long do I Have to Take Legal Action?
There is a statute of limitations in personal injury cases in California.
The state imposes a limitation of two years.
This means that you must file your case within two calendar years from the time of the accident.
For this reason, it is of utmost importance that you call Maryam Parman as soon as possible.
Pedestrian Accident Checklist – What To Do After an Accident
- Get medical attention as fast as you can.
Seeking medical care may seem obvious, particularly in situations where injuries are clearly severe and require emergency medical attention.
However, in some cases, injuries may be less obvious, and an injured pedestrian may avoid going to the hospital as such.
- Call the police
Again, regardless of the severity of the accident, if a car hits you and you are injured, you need to call the police immediately.
You and the driver of the vehicle that hit you must stop at the scene of the accident, call 911, and wait for the police to arrive and file a report.
While you wait, record everything you can remember about how the accident happened and exchange information with the driver.
You must obtain the driver’s car insurance information, name, vehicle model and registration information, and license number.
- Talk to witnesses about your pedestrian accident
When you are filing a claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit, testimonies from witnesses who saw the accident first hand may prove essential to determine the fault and get the amount of compensation you deserve.
Talk to any witnesses at the scene of the accident, record their statements, and be sure to get their names and contact information.
- Record and detail your recovery process
Keep a diary of events after the pedestrian accident, ranging from your experience with different doctors and their treatment, to your emotions and mood.
Write down and record if you are able to go to work, and all your limitations, both physical as well as emotional.
The more you write about how the accident has affected you, the more convincing your argument will be when seeking compensation for your medical expenses.
Lost wages, loss of enjoyment, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages.