San Jose Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Have you been injured as a pedestrian at the hands of a negligent party?
At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our San Jose pedestrian accident attorneys
can help you attain a favorable outcome. We can help you by:
- Accurately filing your claim before the statute of limitations expires
- Conducting a prompt investigation of the circumstances detailing the accident
- Fathering material evidence and witness testimony that supports your claim
- Negotiating a full and fair settlement or fighting aggressively for it in trial
To speak with one of our highly qualified legal staff now,
call our San Jose pedestrian accident attorney at (800) 900-0863.
Common Results of Pedestrian Accidents
Victims of pedestrian accidents commonly sustain catastrophic injuries such as:
- Bone fractures
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal organ damage
All of these could take weeks, months, even years to fully recover from.
Individuals more fortunate may only sustain lacerations, bruising, and
other so-called "minor" injuries, but they may also sustain
emotional and mental damages due to the traumatic nature of such incidents.
Whatever the case may be, pedestrian accident victims should seek legal
counsel to determine whether they are entitled to compensation which can
help them with their recovery.
Recent Pedestrian Accident Results
- $8,825,000 Recovered: School bus vs. pedestrian accident resulting in traumatic
- $1,475,000 Recovered: Auto vs. pedestrian accident involving leg crush injury
- $1,000,000 Recovered: Auto vs. pedestrian case resulting in permanent closed
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (
NHTSA), there were a total of 4,743 pedestrian fatalities in addition to 76,000
pedestrian injuries reported in the United States in 2012. There has been
a downward trend in these incidents over the past two decades; however,
many pedestrian accident injuries go unreported, so the numbers are not
quite exact and may not reflect the reality of the situation. As for demographics,
the majority (69%) of the pedestrians killed in 2012 were men. The hours
between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. proved to be most dangerous. Besides time,
the presence of alcohol in the bloodstream was another significant factor
(0.08 g/dL or higher).
Why do drivers collide with pedestrians?
All pedestrians can lower their risk of getting involved in a
collision with a motor vehicle by following the laws of the road and engaging in safe behavior. However,
they may not, through their own actions, completely reduce their chances
of being in an accident; motorists also share responsibility in keeping
them safe. Unfortunately, many drivers do not uphold the standard of care
that is expected of them and commit negligent and / or reckless actions
that put pedestrians in harm's way.
The common ways in which wrongful motorists cause pedestrian accidents
include the following:
Speeding: At high speeds, motorists have less time to react to their surroundings
and a higher chance to lose control of their vehicles. For example, a
driver may round a curve at exceedingly high speeds and fail to stop at
an intersection around the bend in time to avoid a collision with a pedestrian.
Distracted driving: Behaviors such as eating, putting on makeup, texting, and talking should
not be performed while driving. Any reduction in focus can have disastrous
results. For example, a motorist may not realize there's a stop sign
coming up because he or she is preoccupied with a text. A pedestrian,
having the right of way, may be crossing at the exact wrong moment and
get hit as a result.
Drunk driving: The effects of alcohol on the brain are not compatible with such a potentially
dangerous activity like driving. Delayed reaction time, fatigue, memory
loss – these can all lead to devastating accidents when they're
affecting someone who is behind the wheel.
If you have sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident
and you believe the offending motorist exhibited one or more of the behaviors
above, get in touch with a qualified attorney right away. You may be entitled
to a more than adequate settlement.
What are common types of injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident?
Some of the pedestrian accident injuries that our law firm has seen are:
Brain injury - the results of a brain injury are devastating. Brain injury occurs when
the head is struck suddenly and violently and comes in contact with an
object that may or may not pierce the skull. People who receive injuries
to the brain are likely to develop numerous physical, emotional, and mental
side effects. These may include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Personality changes
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Weakness of arms and legs
- Mood swings
- Neurological disorders
Spinal cord damage - this type of injury always results in some level of paralysis and leaves
the victim with many physical, emotional, and mental side effects:
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of control over bowels and bladder
- Numbness in limbs
- Loss of respiratory functions
- Loss of digestive functions
- Loss of reproductive functions
- Nerve disorders
- Lifelong difficulties in coping with this devastating injury
Additional pedestrian injuries include broken or crushed bones, coma, and
A Reliable Legal Team – Call Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP at (800) 900-0863
San Jose personal injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP may be able to help you recover a settlement
that can cover your damages. Contact us today to learn more.
Call (800) 900-0863 for a complimentary case evaluation.
Our San Jose pedestrian accident lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde
LLP recovered a $234,097 verdict against a property owner for a broken
knee sustained by an 82-year-old disabled plaintiff when she was struck
by a car in a shopping mall parking lot that lacked handicapped crosswalks.
(Haney v. Sunnyvale Town Center).