Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 12:36 am    

Drivers and passengers are not the only victims of traffic accidents in Sacramento. Pedestrians can suffer severe injuries when a vehicle strikes them. When a vehicle injures a pedestrian, the pedestrian may be entitled to compensation from the driver. A Sacramento pedestrian accident attorney typically prepares a pedestrian accident demand letter when the person has completed medical treatment, and the claim is ready to be settled. A strong pedestrian accident demand letter can help you settle your claim quickly and for a fair amount.

Seeking Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident

When a pedestrian is injured, he has two options for recovering compensation for his injuries and damages. First, he can file an insurance claim with the driver’s insurance company. Second, he can file a civil lawsuit against the driver. In most cases, we begin by filing an insurance claim with the automobile insurance company. Most cases are settled without filing a personal injury lawsuit.

As the person is receiving treatment for his injuries, our legal team works to build a case for fault and liability. We gather evidence and research applicable laws and cases to build the legal case against the driver. We also gather evidence of damages, including proof of lost wages, medical bills, and evidence of other financial losses. This information is used to prepare the pedestrian accident demand letter.

Preparing a Pedestrian Accident Demand Letter

Once the individual completes treatment and is released by the physician, we are ready to begin negotiations with the insurance company. Sending the pedestrian accident demand letter is the first step in the negotiations.

The demand letter sets forth the allegations of fault and liability against the driver. We include a summary of the evidence that supports our allegations that the driver had a duty to act in a certain way to prevent injuries to pedestrians and owed a duty of care to the pedestrian. The driver breached the duty of care, thereby causing the accident and injuring the pedestrian.

A summary of damages is also included in the pedestrian accident demand letter. The letter includes a detailed accounting of the financial losses incurred because of the accident and injuries. It also includes a demand for compensation for non-economic damages. The non-economic damages include the physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering endured by the pedestrian. G

A Good Starting Point to Negotiate

In short, a pedestrian accident demand letter is intended to convince the insurance company that the pedestrian has a valid legal claim and is entitled to full compensation of all damages. The amount of compensation demanded in the letter is usually on the higher end of the range that we believe the claim would be worth if we took the case to court. It is a starting point for negotiations.

Settling a Pedestrian Accident Claim

The demand letter gives us a beginning point to negotiate with the insurance company. In most cases, our lawyers and the insurance company negotiate a settlement that compensates the pedestrian fairly for his injuries and damages. When deciding whether to accept a settlement, we consider several factors, including the strength of the case, the availability of insurance coverage, and the time and cost of a lawsuit. Of course, it is always the client’s choice whether to accept an offer based on our legal counsel.

Contact a Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Attorney for More Information

If a negligent driver injured you, we want to help. For a free legal consultation, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000.

Client Testimonials

Jennifer T. Testimonial

I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

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Here's the thing... Nobody really thinks much about lawyers until they need one.  Well, we needed one!  The Tieman Law Firm came through for us in a big way. They were professional, courteous, thorough, and had excellent staff as well.  Highly recommended...

Jereme S. Testimonial

No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial

From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!

Matt H. Testimonial

I was in a car accident a while back where I was injured and had to miss work for an extended period of time.  After nearly a year of fighting with the insurance company with no results and no progress, I met with Jelena Tiemann.  I couldn't have asked for a more responsive and supportive advocate.  We quickly reached a settlement and I finally was able to move from the stress and burden of feuding with my insurance.  I highly recommending meeting with Jelena if you're in need of a lawyer.