Orange County Pedestrian Accidents Attorneys

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With the hectic amount of vehicles on the road in Southern California, pedestrian accidents have become all too common. These accidents are usually completely avoidable, but they often result in serious injuries or fatalities.  

At the Law Offices of Steven Zwick, our experienced personal injury lawyers understand the devastating impact a pedestrian accident can have on victims and their families. If you've been affected and are now dealing with unmanageable medical bills, expenses, and trauma, please know that you have the right to seek compensation.  

The dedicated attorneys at our firm will meticulously investigate your case, working to prove negligence on the part of the driver and ensuring that you receive the compensation you're entitled to. This can include coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and compensation for pain and suffering.  

In tragic instances where pedestrian accidents lead to fatalities, families may also pursue wrongful death claims. No matter the reality of your situation, we're here to help. Contact our Southern California personal injury law firm today to schedule a free consultation.  

Common Settings and Causes of Pedestrian Accidents 

Pedestrian accidents can occur in various settings: at crosswalks, sidewalks, parking lots, or while walking along roadways. They can also occur due to numerous reasons, but these are some of the most common: 

  • Distracted Driving: This includes any activities that divert the driver's attention from the road, such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, or interacting with other passengers. 

  • Speeding: Driving above the speed limit or too fast for the conditions can reduce a driver's ability to stop or react in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian. 

  • Failing to Yield Right of Way: Pedestrians often have the right of way in crosswalks and intersections, but drivers who neglect this rule can cause serious accidents. 

  • Poor Visibility: Accidents are more likely to occur at night or in conditions such as fog, rain, or snow, which impair a driver's visibility. 

  • Driving Under the Influence: Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs are less likely to observe traffic signals or notice pedestrians, leading to a higher risk of accidents. 

  • Ignoring Traffic Signs and Signals: Running red lights or stop signs can be particularly dangerous at intersections where pedestrians might be crossing. 

  • Turning Vehicles: Drivers making turns, especially right on red, may not notice pedestrians crossing the road, leading to collisions. 

  • Back-Over Accidents: These occur when drivers are reversing their vehicles and fail to notice a pedestrian walking behind them. 

What to Do After You've Been Hit by a Vehicle 

If you've been hit by a vehicle, the first and most critical step is to ensure your safety and health. Call 911 or ask someone nearby to do so, ensuring that you receive immediate medical attention. Even if injuries seem minor, an official medical evaluation is important as some injuries may not be immediately apparent. 

After addressing immediate medical needs, try to document the accident scene if you are able. Take photographs of your injuries, the vehicle that hit you, and the surrounding area, including any relevant road signs or signals. If there are witnesses, gather their contact information. Their accounts could be invaluable in your case. 

Lastly, reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer with experience in pedestrian accidents can offer reliable guidance, help you understand your rights, and represent you in seeking compensation.  

At the Law Offices of Steven Zwick, we have a proven track record of successfully representing pedestrian accident victims in Southern California. Our team is dedicated to fighting for justice on your behalf and helping you recover from this traumatic experience. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you secure the settlement you deserve.


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California’s Pedestrian Rights and Safety Laws 

Familiarity with these laws is helpful for developing a strong legal case, and our attorneys are well-versed in these regulations, providing sound guidance for our clients. It's also important to understand how these laws could factor into any fault determination in your case. Some key laws to understand include:  

  • Right of Way at Crosswalks: Under California law, pedestrians have the right of way in both marked and unmarked crosswalks. Drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing the road within any crosswalk. 

  • Jaywalking: California has recently decriminalized jaywalking. Jaywalkers are free to cross roads as long as they are not impeding traffic and do so safely. 

  • Pedestrian Signals: Pedestrians must obey traffic signals designed for them, such as "Walk" and "Don't Walk" signs. Crossing against these signals can result in fines and is dangerous. 

  • Sidewalks and Roadway Walking: When sidewalks are available, pedestrians should use them. If no sidewalks are present, pedestrians should walk facing oncoming traffic on the left side of the road. 

  • School Zones: Special laws apply within school zones, including reduced speed limits when children are present and specific rules about stopping for school buses. 

What if the Pedestrian Shares Fault in the Accident? 

In California, the concept of comparative negligence allows for the possibility that both the driver and the pedestrian can share fault in an accident. This means that if a pedestrian accident occurs, and it's determined that the pedestrian was partially at fault—perhaps ignoring traffic signals, jaywalking when it's unsafe to do so, or being distracted (e.g., using a phone while crossing the road)—the compensation they can receive may be reduced based on their percentage of fault. 

Our legal team at the Law Offices of Steven Zwick will carefully analyze every detail of your case to accurately assess and argue the degree of fault on both sides. Understanding that comparative negligence can significantly impact the outcome of your case, we strive to maximize your compensation by presenting a comprehensive and compelling argument that highlights the responsibility of the driver while addressing any potential claims of negligence on your part. 

Why Choose the Law Offices of Steven Zwick? 

With experienced knowledge in pedestrian accident cases and a compassionate approach to legal representation, the Law Offices of Steven Zwick stands out as a leading choice for victims seeking justice in Southern California. Our dedication to our clients goes beyond the courtroom; we strive to provide support and advocacy every step of the way, ensuring that you feel heard and your case receives the attention it deserves.  

We work with clients across the communities of Anaheim, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Santa Ana, and more. Our expansive reach demonstrates our limitless commitment to securing justice for California injury victims.  

Southern California's Premier Pedestrian Accident Attorneys 

Led by Steven Zwick and James Alquist, our team offers personalized and aggressive legal representation for individuals affected by pedestrian accidents. Leveraging our legal experience and genuine care for our clients’ well-being, we aim to secure the best possible outcomes for those we represent. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Together, we'll work toward the justice and compensation you deserve. 

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