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San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Helping Victims Every Step of the Way

Pedestrians in San Francisco are among the city's most vulnerable road users. According to San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency, pedestrians and bicyclists account for half of all traffic fatalities. In order to respond to these shocking statistics, the city has launched a pedestrian strategy project named WalkFirst. The program aims to increase the safety of San Francisco neighborhoods and decrease the number of severe and fatal pedestrian accidents.

Despite major funding efforts, city planning decisions, and engineering innovations, serious accidents still happen frequently. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one, consult our San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys. At The Matiasic Firm, we know which legal remedies may be available to you. It is our personal mission to help you obtain the financial compensation that is needed to receive proper medical treatment for your recovery. Take a moment to learn more about how we can help you with any of the topics described below.

Our Firm Handles a Variety of Cases Involving Injuries to Pedestrians

  • Bicycle Accidents - Compared to all of these vehicles, bicyclists have the least amount of protection and are most susceptible to serious injury.
  • Causes of Pedestrian Accidents - Establishing that someone else's negligence was the cause of your accident can be a key element to maximizing your financial compensation.
  • Dangerous Premises - Dangerous premises are hazardous environments; this can include debris on the road, uneven sidewalks, cracked parking lots, or inadequate lighting.
  • Pedestrians & Public Transportation - If you were injured by a bus, taxi, transit vehicle, train, subway, cable car, or other type of public transportation operator, call our firm.
  • Pedestrians Hit by Cars - In this age of technology, many motorists are doing everything but actually paying attention to the road. If you have been struck by a motorist, you may be eligible for compensation.
  • Tourists - Unlike city natives, tourists are not familiar with the flow of traffic or are likely unfamiliar with the public transportation system.
  • Unsafe Intersections - Due to congested roads packed with vehicles and pedestrians, accidents can happen in unsafe intersections at any time.
  • Wrongful Death - Losing a loved one is hard enough, but if your loved one's life was cut short because of someone else's negligent behavior, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

Can a Pedestrian Share Fault in an Accident?

According to California law, pedestrians have the right of way in nearly all situations. However, pedestrians have a duty of reasonable care to others on the road, just like motorists.

Pedestrians must follow these rules of the road:

  • Obey traffic control signals and signs
  • Walk on the sidewalk
  • Use the closest crosswalk, bridge or tunnel
  • Do not jaywalk

While motor vehicles are mostly liable in many car-pedestrian accidents, there are many other instances when the pedestrian was either partially at fault or completely at fault. For instance, let’s say a pedestrian crosses a street against the red hand of the traffic light, then a motorist who was texting while driving hits the pedestrian. Since both parties breached their duty of reasonable care, how is fault divided?

California is a comparative negligence state, which means the plaintiff's damages are reduced by their percentage of their own negligence that contributed to the collision. The judge or jury decides what percentage of liability is given to the plaintiff’s own negligence. That percentage will reduce the plaintiff’s total award for monetary damages.

Referring to the previous example, let’s say the jury awards the pedestrian $60,000 in damages. However, because the pedestrian was at 20 percent at fault, only $48,000 is awarded.

Representing the Injured in San Francisco, California

Our San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, making us a results-driven and trusted name in the personal injury legal field. We understand what it takes to obtain the best outcome possible. Let us handle the legal process while you make a full recovery from your injuries.

If you wish to learn more about how our firm can help you with your claim, contact The Matiasic Firm today for your free and confidential case consultation.

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