In some pedestrian accident cases - for example, if you were injured in a crosswalk - the driver of the motor vehicle was clearly at fault. In other cases, you might need the help of an experienced lawyer to prove liability.
Even if the accident seems to be the fault of the pedestrian, the driver of the car may be responsible. For example, a person driving in a school zone, near parks, or in other areas where children congregate or play should be watchful for a child darting out into the street.
California law is friendly to injured pedestrians. However, the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you or your family member will almost always fight back and try to minimize any financial compensation after the accident.
UM/UIM coverage is insurance coverage you carry to protect yourself and your family against uninsured or underinsured motorists. Most drivers in California who have insurance also have UM/UIM coverage.
If you file a UM or UIM claim, it means that you, as the claimant, file a claim against your own insurance company. However, your insurance company then steps into the shoes of the other driver's insurance company and defends the driver at fault. There are many ways your insurance company can avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. To protect your rights, you should consult an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
When you present an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim to your own insurance company, they have an obligation, both contractually and statutorily, to be fair, just, and reasonable in responding to your claim. If your insurance company is not fair, just or reasonable, attorney Tom Reinecke can pursue what is called a "bad faith" claim against your insurance company.
If you are contacted by a representative of the at-fault driver's insurance company, you should not make any recorded statements or try to diagram the accident. Anything you say to an insurance company representative could be used against you in an attempt to damage your case.
As your attorney, Tom Reinecke will handle all communications with the driver's insurance company so you can concentrate on getting your health and your life back.
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