Pedestrian Accident & Injury Lawyer

pedestrians crossing streetRepresenting victims of pedestrian accidents in the San Diego and North County communities.

As residents of southern California, we are fortunate to have great weather year round. Many of us take advantage of the weather by spending time outdoors. Maybe you enjoy walking your dog or training for a marathon. Here at Berman & Riedel, LLP, we encourage everyone to always be aware of their surroundings, but we also recognize that unfortunately, pedestrian accidents occur. If you or a loved one is the victim of a pedestrian accident, contact our experienced attorneys today. We can help you file a claim and begin the road to recovery.

What qualifies as a pedestrian accident?

Pedestrian accidents can occur virtually anywhere individuals and motor vehicles are present, such as parking lots, intersections, or even on sidewalks. If you’ve been hit, sideswiped, or otherwise injured by a vehicle, you may have a claim. Berman & Riedel, LLP, can help. We offer a free case evaluation by phone at (858) 350­ 8855, or you can fill out our inquiry form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

Legal Rights of Pedestrians in California

According to the California Uniform Vehicle Code Section 467, a pedestrian is "a person who is afoot or who is using any of the following: 1) A means of conveyance propelled by human power other than a bicycle; 2) An electric personal assistive mobility device. Pedestrian includes a person who is operating a self-­propelled wheelchair, motorized tricycle, or motorized quadricycle and, by reason of physically disability, is otherwise unable to move about as a pedestrian."

All of us at some point qualify as a pedestrian. While it is important to follow traffic regulations, the damage caused by the negligence of others is out of our hands. If you or a loved one is the victim of a pedestrian accident, it is important to contact one of our skilled attorneys as close to the event as possible. Seeking legal advice early can help preserve evidence and witness testimony, and ultimately strengthen your case.

Holding Negligent Persons Responsible

Regardless of where the pedestrian was at the time of the accident, drivers have a duty to exercise due care. By holding negligent individuals responsible, we can encourage drivers to be more cautions in the future, and help prevent additional pedestrian accidents. Our attorneys can help you pursue your case, and make our communities safer.

Attorney-­Recommended Safety Tips to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

  • Always use the appropriate cross walks.
  • Follow traffic signs.
  • Look before you cross.
  • Wear clothing with reflectors when it’s dark.
  • Respect the speed limit.
  • Slow down at cross walks.
  • Always keep your eyes on the road.

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If you are concerned about pedestrian access and safety in your area, report it to the San Diego police department: (619) 531­-2000 or (858) 484-­3154

If you or someone dear to you has been in a pedestrian accident, contact us today for a free consultation. Our skilled attorneys can provide you with better insight regarding your claims and rights, and help get you started on your path to recovery.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions people have about personal injury cases and working with a lawyer. During your initial consultation, we will be happy to answer questions that are particular to your case.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

The attorneys at Berman & Riedel, LLP, accept cases on a contingency-fee basis. This type of agreement means you do not pay any attorneys’ fees out-of-pocket for legal representation. Attorneys’ fees are also contingent on the outcome of your case.

You benefit from legal representation in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of a settlement or jury award. We will only recover a fee if you recover compensation.

Can You Tell Me How Much My Case Is Worth?

There is no way to determine the exact value of a personal injury case, especially early in your case. However, an experienced attorney can give you an estimated range based on their experience with similar cases.

There are many factors that may influence the value of your case, such as:

  • Your total financial or economic damages
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The impact of your injuries on your daily life
  • The strength of your case
  • Whether you share fault for your accident
  • Insurance policy limits 

Some damages are easy to calculate, such as lost wages and medical bills. Calculating the value of diminished earnings for the rest of your life or future medical needs; however, may require the help of experts. Non-economic damages like pain and suffering have no intrinsic financial value. These damages are challenging to calculate. 

If your case goes before a jury, you may potentially be able to recover more than you could through a settlement. However, this introduces a new element of risk: the jury. The circumstances of your accident and even how sympathetic you or the defendant are can influence the outcome.

During your consultation, and throughout your case, we will help you understand how these factors influence your case. We will also work tirelessly to document the value of all your damages and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

The vast majority of cases are resolved by reaching a settlement agreement outside of court. Very few personal injury cases actually go to trial, but it is more likely if the facts in your case are in dispute, a legal issue is being contested, or you have a high-value case.

An experienced lawyer will build your case as if it will go to trial from the beginning. The stronger your case and evidence, the more likely a fair settlement will be reached.

How Do I Know If I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If your case involves mostly property damage or minor injuries, you likely do not need a lawyer to handle a claim with the insurance company. The more serious your injuries, or the more complex your case, the more important it becomes to seek experienced legal counsel.

Remember that the insurance company is not on your side, even if the insurance adjuster seems sympathetic and you receive a settlement offer. If you are being blamed for your accident or sustained serious injury, a lawyer will help you protect your rights and build the strongest case possible. This includes calculating the full value of your current and future losses.

Legal representation is also vital if your case involves a complex area of law such as elder abuse or neglect, premises liability, commercial vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, or serious work-related accidents. Determining liability, navigating decades of legal precedence, and interpreting specific statutes in these cases is best done with years of relevant legal experience.

Do You Accept Cases Outside of San Diego?

While our law office is located in San Diego, Berman & Riedel, LLP, accepts cases throughout the state of California.


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