As reported by the San Jose Police department, pedestrian accidents are on the rise, with 24 pedestrians suffering fatal injuries in a recent year.

A report by KTVU reveals that statistically, there is a greater risk of death as a pedestrian or driver than by homicide. If you or someone you love has been injured as a pedestrian, you need the assistance of an attorney to help you pursue fair compensation for all damages. Your future health and the ability to rebuild your life will, in large part, be the direct result of the actions taken by your attorney. Don’t risk your future. Connect with us at The Swanson Law Group.

Why you need a lawyer in a pedestrian accident case

It may appear obvious that the at-fault driver’s insurance should offer a fair settlement after a pedestrian accident case. Unfortunately, these companies are not humanitarian groups. They are for-profit organizations that answer to their stockholders, and they will engage in a range of tactics to try and reduce the value of legitimate claims. Insurance companies make their money at the expense of injured people. They delay or deny claims for mysterious reasons, demand unreasonable amounts of paperwork, and pressure victims to take lowball settlements. For them, it’s all in a day’s work.

However, insurance companies also know which car accident lawyers they can push around and which ones they’ll have to pay. At The Swanson Law Group, we put in the work to build a strong case that shows how the accident happened, why you were injured, and how much compensation you are entitled to receive by law.

When the insurance company sees the case we’ve built, knowing our track record of results, they usually come to us ready to pay up. If not, we’re prepared to fight for you in court.

How we work: A no-compromise approach

At The Swanson Law Group, we are very familiar with the strategies that are used by insurance companies. We also know how to apply maximum pressure to achieve results. Our no-compromise approach has led to many significant victories. Here are just a few:

  • $3,600,000 Verdict: Wrongful death
  • $600,000: Pedestrian accident (back and knee injuries) 
  • $325,000: Pedestrian accident 

No lawyer can promise you similar case results, but at The Swanson Law Group, we do everything legally possible to achieve full and fair compensation — or, as trial lawyers, we gladly take the case to a jury to decide. The last thing insurance companies want is to go to trial, and they are often willing to overpay our clients so they can avoid embarrassment in front of a jury. Our founder, Ben Swanson, has spent the past 10+ years making insurance companies aware that they will lose every time.

What is a pedestrian accident case worth?

The value of a pedestrian accident claim will reflect the injuries sustained and the long-term impact on the life of the injured person. The types of damages sought in a claim or lawsuit include:

  • Economic damages: These damages are paid to cover the financial losses associated with medical and hospital care, nursing care, rehabilitation, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and other economic losses.
  • Non-economic damages: This portion of a settlement may be the largest. The impact on the life and future of the individual can last a lifetime. These damages include pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, loss of consortium, and other very personal and significant changes in life experience.

Our firm will perform a comprehensive evaluation of a pedestrian accident case. Every type of damage will be assessed and given a dollar value. We assist our clients to achieve justice and the compensation they deserve, and we are known for our unrelenting quest for justice and our no-compromise approach when dealing with an insurance company. We really are a law firm with a difference. When you want uncommon results, you need a unique lawyer.

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Causes of pedestrian accidents in San Jose

A vehicle operator may hit a pedestrian because of negligent driving behaviors, including:

  • Distracted driving (texting, phone, eating, etc.)
  • Speeding and rushing through intersection
  • Aggressive driving
  • Traffic violations such as running red lights or stop signs
  • Drunk driving 
  • Drug-intoxicated driving

Types of injuries in pedestrian accident cases

A pedestrian, whether a child or an adult, is almost guaranteed to be seriously injured when hit by a vehicle. The types of injuries sustained vary in degree, but are often very serious or catastrophic. According to a research study published by the National Library of Medicine, the following injuries are common (in order of frequency):

  • Lower extremity injuries (leg, ankle, foot)
  • Head injuries
  • Face and neck injuries
  • Upper extremity injuries (arm, wrist, hand)
  • Pelvis injuries
  • Spine injuries
  • Thorax injuries (upper chest region)
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Free case consultation

At The Swanson Law Group, we offer a free case consultation and deliver legal support in both English and Spanish. Our mission is to help people who are hurt in accidents get their health back and recover top compensation for their injuries. Call today for honest answers to your questions about your case. When we take on a pedestrian injury case, we charge no legal fees unless we win.

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