The Modesto Police Department (Modesto PD) reported a major injury pedestrian crash on the afternoon of Monday, April 4, 2022. The crash took place shortly after 4:05 p.m., close to the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard and La Loma Avenue.
A woman was crossing the road when she was struck by a brown sedan, according to Modesto PD. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver involved in the incident remained at the scene and was reported to be cooperative with investigators.
Authorities shut down Yosemite Boulevard between Santa Cruz Avenue and La Loma Avenue for a few hours for the traffic unit to investigate. Information on how the car vs. pedestrian accident took place or the types of injuries involved was not immediately available.
A pedestrian accident may result in some of the most severe injuries on the spectrum. That is because those on foot do not have the same level of protection as those in motor vehicles have, like seatbelts and airbags. With no physical protection, a pedestrian is likely to suffer traumatic injuries such as bone fractures, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, internal trauma, and more. Any of these injuries may lead to a never-ending pile of medical expenses followed by time away from work for recovery. This situation may put an injured party and their family in a financial predicament. Fortunately, they may have the right to take legal action against the at-fault driver through a bodily injury claim. This type of case is generally brought against the insurance company representing the negligent motorist.
There may be some circumstances where uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage may be utilized in a pedestrian accident case. When a driver crashes into someone walking and does not have auto insurance, UM coverage may be utilized to pay for losses up to the limits of the plan. Conversely, if the at-fault party had insurance at the time of the incident but not enough bodily injury liability coverage to pay for the pedestrian’s losses, UIM coverage may apply. If the injured party did not have a car insurance policy of their own with UM and UIM protection but lived in a household with someone who does, a claim may be brought under that plan under specific circumstances. This includes not being listed as an excluded member.
The negotiations process with the insurance company may be stressful and overwhelming, to say the least. That is because insurers often make lowball settlements that are not enough to cover damages quickly. For reasons such as these, it is essential to retain legal counsel that can communicate effectively with insurance carriers on your behalf to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries and losses. An accident attorney will know the best way to proceed with building a strong case, including working with experts in the field to prove and calculate the extent of damages incurred. When you have suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, it pays to work with a lawyer that has the experience, skills, and resources to handle your case. For information on how to find a top local lawyer to represent you, watch this video.
Remember that California imposes strict filing criteria and deadlines on injury cases. Claimants have up to two years to file in civil court if a settlement agreement is not reached with the other side. For this reason, it is crucial to work with a skilled injury lawyer to ensure that all aspects of your case are handled accordingly. Discuss your case in detail with one of our experienced Modesto pedestrian accident attorneys and learn how we can help you.
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury lawyer. A car vs. pedestrian accident often results in some of the most serious injuries. If you have been hit by a motor vehicle while walking in Modesto, contact our law firm to receive free, friendly case advice at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.
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