Any time you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, your family’s loss is monumental. Sometimes, though, the facts surrounding your loved one’s death may be unclear or incomplete. When they are, you have no less need for compensation, but you may have a significantly more complex pathway to getting that compensation. Whether your case is straightforward or anything but, make sure you have a strong San Mateo injury attorney representing you to put forward the strongest possible case.
Anyone who’s watched enough crime shows or sat through first-year law school classes has probably heard the tale of the man who, extremely depressed, jumped off a building. Before he hit the ground, however, he was shot and killed instantly. The scenario is intended to probe the question, “Was this death a suicide or homicide?”
You might reasonably wonder what this fictional story has to do with your injury case. Much like this fictional circumstance, your injury case may involve unusual facts that make determining who was responsible particularly complicated and potentially unclear. A Contra Costa County accident reported by the East Bay Times presents an example of how this can happen and how it can complicate an injury case.
In the tragic accident, a pedestrian was walking along a road south of Pittsburg when a vehicle struck the pedestrian. Unfortunately, at least two more vehicles collided with the pedestrian before emergency responders arrived. In all, a pickup truck, an SUV, and a BMW sedan (and maybe others) hit the pedestrian. The pedestrian died at the scene.
In a pedestrian accident where you are injured (or a loved one is killed) after being hit by a single vehicle, the range of parties who are potentially liable is pretty narrow. You might need to look only at that driver and people connected to them (such as the driver’s employer and/or the vehicle’s owner.)
On the other hand, if you (or your loved one) were struck multiple times, the issue of liability becomes much more complex. Say that your loved one was fatally injured in a pedestrian accident after being hit by three people, one of whom was driving while distracted and the other two of whom were speeding. Under those facts, all three drivers may have some degree of liability. However, if the collision with the first vehicle killed your loved one almost immediately, then the second and third drivers might have little to no liability.
What all this shows is that proper investigation is essential to a successful personal injury case. The difference between getting the full recovery your family deserves and getting only a part (or nothing at all), can be correctly identifying who was responsible and ensuring they are named in your lawsuit. This means being certain you’ve done everything necessary to discover who did what when… and how.
That’s where having the right legal team comes into play. With the right legal representation on your side, you can be confident that your side is doing the timely and thorough investigation necessary to uncover all the facts. That investigation can help you determine who was responsible for the harm, and to what extent each was liable. This can help you to present the strongest possible case in your complaint and, later, at trial.
Whether your injury accident was something very straightforward or a complex jumble of drivers, vehicles, and collisions, you need strong legal counsel to put on the best possible presentation and get the compensation you deserve. Look to the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos to provide the smart, zealous and effective advocacy your case demands. To set up a free consultation with one of our helpful attorneys, contact us at 650-345-8484 or through our website.