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Pedestrian Injury Occurs in Sacramento Motor Vehicle Accident

Injured Pedestrian on Kiefer Boulevard Transported to Hospital

A pedestrian injury happened in Sacramento on January 16 after a collision with a vehicle. The accident happened on Kiefer Boulevard between Tallyho and South Port drives around 7:14 in the evening. Officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) were called to the accident scene after a call came in reporting someone lying in the roadway. According to a witness, a motorist in a blue Toyota Prius caused the accident. It was not stated whether that driver remained at the accident scene or fled. The injured pedestrian was transported to UC Davis by medics with the Sacramento Fire Department with undetermined injuries. 

Pedestrian Injury Accidents

Because pedestrians are vulnerable to severe injuries when struck by a motor vehicle, they are often subject to lengthy hospitalization and lost wages. When this happens, the pedestrian can file a claim to recover compensation. Among the areas where compensation can be recovered are:

  • Medical expenses that arise as a result of the pedestrian injury can be recovered. This includes all expenses from the ambulance service to hospitalization, prescriptions, doctors’ fees, surgeries, testing, and rehabilitative care. If the injury should continue into the future, those costs are covered too.
  • Wages that are lost due to the inability to work because of the pedestrian injury are recoverable. Lost wages include bonuses, tips, and other monies that the worker received on the job. If the trauma from the pedestrian injury is ongoing, that cost can be factored into the settlement.
  • Pain and suffering for your physical injuries are recoverable. However, so is the emotional and psychological pain if professional treatment is required to treat it. Post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t uncommon after a pedestrian injury accident and may include anxiety, reliving the trauma, sleeplessness, nightmares, and more. 

Investigating a Pedestrian Injury Accident

Just as with other accidents, a pedestrian injury must be investigated to gather the evidence that supports a client’s claim for compensation. The investigators begin by going to the site of the collision to collect that evidence, including:

  • The area is scoured for evidence such as paint chips and dropped metal pieces from the vehicle. These can be used to positively identify the make and model of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian.
  • An investigation is conducted on the police report to verify its accuracy. Errors may prevent the client from submitting a claim.
  • In order to determine if the pedestrian injury accident was captured on video, we examine the traffic surveillance cameras in the area. The film can be subpoenaed to provide strong evidence on the cause of the collision.
  • Interviews are conducted with any witnesses to the pedestrian accident. In some cases, a witness recorded the accident with their cell phone.
  • Accident reconstruction is performed, which shows how the collision occurred. This type of evidence is used both in civil court cases and by insurance companies.

Compiling Evidence Into a Claim

Once the evidence has been gathered, our injury lawyer team takes over. They use the gathered evidence to build a strong case that supports our client’s claim for compensation. Although placing a claim for compensation won’t help your pain and suffering, it does give you financial security so you can concentrate on getting well without any added stress.

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. When you have been injured by a negligent driver, you may want to discover whether you can file a claim to recover compensation. We have free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or at (800) 404-5400. An online form to connect with us is available also. We can set up a free virtual or in-person consultation in which you can get the answers to any questions you might have and find out what options are open for you to collect damages. 

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