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Common Causes of Pedestrian Injuries


A vulnerable human body is no match for a car, SUV, or truck. So, if you were a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle and received serious injuries or a loved one was killed, the pedestrian accident attorneys at Callaway & Wolf is prepared to vigorously fight for justice and the maximum compensation available for your injuries.

When a San Francisco or Bay Area pedestrian is hit or run over by a reckless or just careless driver, you have the right to file a civil lawsuit so you can be financially compensated for the damage you’ve endured, including if a family member was killed as a result.

Even when you’ve escaped death, the medical treatment and recovery costs for serious bodily injuries can be high.  The largest part of almost all claims, though is the compensation for pain and suffering—the harm to the person. If you lost time from your job or still can’t work, bills may be mounting and you’re probably afraid and stressed. How are you going to keep a roof over your head, keep the lights on and buy food, much less pay the exorbitant fees the emergency room, hospital, and rehabilitation center has billed you?

As human beings, we all make mistakes, and sometimes accidents happen. However, when a pedestrian is seriously injured or killed because a driver is engaging in negligent or illegal conduct while operating a vehicle, the legal team of Callaway & Wolf believes the driver’s irresponsible conduct is unconscionable and far more than just an “accident”, When a driver is texting, talking on their cell, drunk or high, speeding or runs a stop sign or light, it’s a choice that puts the public at risk. In these cases, the driver should be held responsible and held to the maximum available settlement, even if it means that driver has to contribute personally to the settlement.

Award-Winning Callaway & Wolf Lawyers Will Vigorously Fight for Injured Pedestrians and Hold Irresponsible San Francisco Drivers Accountable for the Damage They’ve Caused

As an apparent direct result of mobile technology, pedestrian accidents have significantly increased, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Not only is crossing a California street more dangerous, but simply walking on a sidewalk is risky with distracted drivers running over curbs. The GHSA reports that with mobile technology firmly entrenched in our society, pedestrian accidents have increased as a direct result. Nationwide, GHSA reported that 5,376 pedestrians died because they were run over by a motor vehicle.

The GHSA also reported that throughout the U.S., pedestrian fatalities have increased by nearly 20 percent with some states reporting double the pedestrian fatalities of previous years. In recent years, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has grown substantially faster than all other traffic deaths.

Common Causes of San Francisco Pedestrian Accidents

▪Trying to beat a red light
▪Failure to stop at signs and lights
▪Not checking crosswalks for pedestrians, especially during left turns
▪Making turns without checking surroundings
▪Driving under the influence of substances
▪Texting and driving
▪Talking on a cell phone, including hands-free
▪GPS programming
▪Music adjustments
▪Eating and drinking
▪Putting on makeup or shaving
▪Child distractions
▪Pet distractions

When a pedestrian is hit by a car or truck, it’s not surprising that the injuries sustained will require substantial medical care and rehabilitative treatment. But to prove the vehicle driver was at fault requires the specific skills, knowledge and financial resources of a respected, experienced pedestrian accident attorney.

Callaway & Wolf and their legal support staff know the complex investigative methods necessary to prove fault, interview witnesses, develop a strong case and file a lawsuit if necessary.

As experienced attorneys, we are technologically well-equipped to investigate whether the driver was using their cell phone or texting when the offense occurred by subpoenaing phone records.

 When you’ve been seriously injured crossing the street or walking on a sidewalk, the experienced attorneys of Callaway & Wolf will ensure you’ll receive the highest level of skilled representation so you receive the monetary compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our attorneys will be dedicated to an aggressive fight for your rights against powerful insurance companies and their attorneys. When the injuring party or their insurance company won’t agree to a fair settlement, Callaway & Wolf will devote all our skills, experience, knowledge, and resources to file a personal injury or wrongful death civil lawsuit. 

20 Years’ Experience As Effective, Successful Litigators: We Will Aggressively, Vigorously Fight for Our Injured Clients’ Rights

 To ensure you receive the highest level of skilled representation, San Francisco Callaway & Wolf attorneys will dedicate themselves to protecting your rights. With our many multi-million-dollar wins for our injured clients, you can be assured that we’ll do everything necessary to negotiate and litigate a just win on your behalf. And with our record of success, we are taken seriously by insurance companies, defendants’ attorneys, and the civil courts.

Call for A Free Consultation with A Seasoned Bay Area Personal Injury Attorney

Callaway & Wolf lawyers and our legal team work passionately to ensure that pedestrian accident victims win the monetary settlements they need to heal financially, physically, and emotionally. When you’ve been physically traumatized because of another person or company’s neglect or recklessness, you may also be suffering emotional distress. In some cases, it’s possible that you won’t ever fully recover. Even when you do recover over time for the suffering unfairly inflicted on you, those responsible should pay for both your physical injuries and your emotional pain and suffering. The best way to make sure this happens is to have a highly qualified San Francisco injury attorney on your side.

No Up-Front, Out of Pocket Costs for Our Injured Pedestrian Clients

Like most injury attorneys, we work on a contingency basis. That means you’ll never pay a penny to us up-front. Only when we win your financial verdict or settlement will we be paid.  If your case does not succeed, you will not owe us anything.

Personal Injury Statutes of Limitation Are Strict – Call Us Today Before It’s Too Late

The California states of limitations on personal injury claims is generally 2 years, but the longer you wait the harder it is to pursue compensation. Some cases have a six-month time limit, when an governmental entity is involved.  Call us today at 415-541-0300 to schedule a personal meeting in our San Francisco office with Callaway & Wolf’s legal team. Or if you prefer, send us a confidential message on our contact form.

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