Pedestrian Accidents

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How We Can Help People Involved in Public Transportation Accidents

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Injury attorney Trevor Quirk has recovered millions of dollars for his clients against public entities. He recently recovered 1.6 million dollars for a client who slipped and fell at a public school and 3.5 million dollars from a public entity on his clients’ behalf.

Being injured in an auto accident involving a type of public transportation can raise questions about liability and getting paid for damages. If you have been involved in this type of accident in Ventura County, our experienced public transportation accident lawyers at the Quirk Law Firm, LLP want to meet with you. Here’s how we can help you if you have been involved in a public transportation accident–

Investigating the Accident

We investigate the cause of a public transportation accident to determine who should be held liable for the accident and exactly what happened. This is true whether you were involved in a bus, train, taxi, limousine, trolley, cab accident, or an accident involving any other type of vehicle.

It is important that you contact us as soon as possible after your crash so that we can open the investigation while evidence is still intact. In addition to visiting the scene of the accident and gathering important data ourselves, we also hire experts, such as accident reconstruction experts, who can assist in building your claim.

Filing Your Claim

Filing a claim against a government entity after a public transportation accident, such as a city bus accident, has its challenges. For example, the time limit for filing your claim is different than it would be if you were filing a claim against a private party – when you file a claim against a public entity, you must do so with within six months from the date of your injury (see: How to File a Claim published by the state of California).

Negotiating Your Claim

It’s not just enough to make sure that your claim is filed on time and that you have the appropriate amount of evidence necessary to prove negligence and damages; you may also need to negotiate for a fair settlement amount. Claimants are not always offered the compensation that they deserve, in hopes that they will accept any offer that is made. Our Ventura personal injury law firm determines exactly how much your claim is worth and the extent of damages that you have suffered, and then advocates for you during the settlement process. If a settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to take your claim to trial.

Contact Our Law Offices Today

Injury attorney Trevor Quirk knows how scary accidents can be. He also knows that filing a claim against a government entity after an accident involving public transportation can be intimidating. Throughout the entire process, he will competently guide you through how to file your claim and how to maximize your settlement amount. He has the experience and compassion for his clients that our claim deserves.

If you are injured in a public transportation accident in Ventura, Oxnard or any other surrounding area and want to learn more about your rights and options, please contact our law firm today. We are reachable online or by phone 805-650-7778, and a consultation with our lawyers is always free.

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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What To Do If You’re A Pedestrian Involved In A Hit & Run Accident

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If you are a pedestrian victim of a hit and run accident, we can help you. Unlike a traditional car accident or truck accident, hit and run accidents make it more difficult to recover compensation. If you are an injured pedestrian, the attorneys at our hit and run law firm located in Ventura can guide you through your recovery options. Here are some steps to take after your hit and run:

  1. Gather as Much Evidence as Possible

Gathering as much evidence as possible about the accident will be a critical part of recovering compensation you are owed. This is because in California, most pedestrian accident claims are paid by the liability insurance of the at-fault driver. However, if a driver flees the accident scene, we may still recover compensation for you.

You should talk to witnesses, and ask any nearby businesses or parties if they recorded the accident on video. Report the accident to the police and provide all information that you remember about the accident. Working with an injured pedestrian attorney and accident reconstruction experts may be helpful in gathering clues to track down the at-fault driver.

  1. Understand Options for Recovering Compensation for Your Injuries

After a hit and run accident, finding the at-fault driver may be a critical part of recovering the money that you need to pay for your injuries and losses. If the driver is found, you can file a claim with the driver’s insurance, or file a lawsuit directly against the driver. If the driver is not found, some alternative ways of recovering compensation might include:

  • Your car insurance policy;
  • Your family member’s car insurance policy;
  • Your homeowner’s insurance policy;
  • The premises owner’s liability insurance policy;
  • Your health insurance company; and
  • Workers’ compensation insurance if your accident occurred while on-the-job or performing work-related duties; and

Contact our Pedestrian Injury Lawyers at the Quirk Law Firm

Pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles happen far more frequently than they should. If you are involved in an accident with a hit and run driver, our experienced injury lawyers at the Quirk Law Firm want to help you. Accident attorney Trevor Quirk knows what it takes to open an investigation into an accident and work with the appropriate parties to track down a negligent driver, and will diligently explore all option for recovering compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free case consultation 805-650-7778 or

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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Pedestrian Accidents In Ventura County

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Some of the most frequently overlooked victims of car accidents are pedestrian victims. Pedestrian victims are often struck or killed by a vehicle in urban areas where there is poor lighting or no good place to cross the road (i.e., no nearby intersection, crosswalk or pedestrian overpass). However, many pedestrians are also hit by cars in crosswalks and on sidewalks as well.

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries In Ventura

When pedestrians are hit by moving vehicles, the injuries that are sustained can be very serious. While a person who is driving a vehicle has the car that surrounds them to protect them in an accident, pedestrians have little to no protection from the impact of a car. Pedestrians who are struck by cars suffer a wide array of injuries, including but not limited to:

  • – Impact injuries to the legs and lower body when a vehicle runs into them;
  • – Contusions, scratches, bruises and other impact-related injuries;
  • – Broken bones, fractures, and internal organ damage due to sudden impact from a vehicle;
  • – Head, neck and spinal injuries, often associated with being hit by a car or thrown by a car; and/or
  • – In the worst cases, pedestrian victims die due to the injuries suffered from the car crashing into them.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in Oxnard or Ventura County, contact a Ventura car accident attorney immediately, as there are number of issues that need to be handled quickly. While you focus on getting the medical care you need to make a recovery, your pedestrian accident attorney can get to work gathering evidence and building your personal injury case.

Insightful Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Taking a look at pedestrian accident statistics for California demonstrates just how frequently pedestrians are involved in accidents.

  • – California overall. California is one of the top 10 states for pedestrian fatalities according to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual Traffic Safety Facts report for 2013 (the most recent published data). There were 701 pedestrian fatalities that year, which is an increase from the previous year’s total of 612 pedestrian fatalities, according to the 2012 NHTSA report.
  • – Ventura County. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety regarding pedestrian accident data for Ventura County, in 2012 there were 256 accidents involving pedestrians across Ventura County, 52 accidents involving pedestrians under the age of 15 years old, and 37 accidents involving pedestrians over the age of 65.
  • – According to the California Office of Traffic Safety regarding Oxnard pedestrian accident data, in 2012 there were 85 accidents involving pedestrians in Oxnard, 23 accidents involving pedestrians under the age of 15 years old, and 8 accidents involving pedestrians over the age of 65.

Contact A Pedestrian Accident Attorney In Ventura

If you or someone you love was involved in a car crash as an injured pedestrian, you need to consult with a pedestrian accident attorney in Ventura straight away. The pedestrian lawyers of the Quirk Law Firm, LLP have handled many Ventura car crash cases and cases related to personal injury in Ventura and we are ready and available to assist you with your pedestrian accident case if possible. Contact us today at 805-650-7778.

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Progressive Settles With Accident Victim’s Family After Video Goes Viral

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By Julianne Pepitone @CNNMoneyTech August 17, 2012: 1:02 PM ET

Progressive Insurance graphicInsurance company Progressive felt the wrath of the Internet this week after the brother of a policyholder who died in a car crash posted a startling missive about how the family’s claim was handled. Progressive has now reached a financial settlement with the family.

Matt Fisher detailed his family’s nightmare in a Tumblr post on Monday with a shocking title: “My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court.”

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