California Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
In a city as large as Los Angeles, pedestrian accidents are an unfortunately common event. When a person who is on foot is struck by a car, truck, or motorcycle, the results can be devastating.
If you have been hurt in a traffic accident while you were walking, you need to do everything you can to protect your rights, which starts with retaining an injury attorney as soon as you can.
Pedestrians are constantly having to deal with the dangers of passing vehicles. That danger has only increased with more and more distracted drivers on the road.
From drivers talking on their cell phones to texting to changing the radio station to eating in their vehicles, far too many drivers are failing to pay proper attention to the road and their surroundings.
Numerous other factors can increase the likelihood of a vehicle collision with a pedestrian, from time of day to the tiredness of the driver, to insufficient or inadequate street signs, lighting, or crosswalks.
If you were involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you need to consult with an experienced accident attorney immediately! At Injury Justice Law Firm, we will evaluate your claim at no cost to you and let you know whether we believe that you have a claim. If you choose to retain us to represent you, we will not collect any legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
Pedestrian Accidents Can Cause Extremely Serious Injuries
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, it's important to know what the common likely effects are. It can be very easy, in the shock of the moment, to not realize what's going on or how badly injured you are.
Some injuries can be disabling; others can be life-threatening. Always get checked out by a doctor, even if you think that you are okay.
In adults, most collisions will impact around the legs or hips, depending on the height and shape of the vehicle. This can lead to impact damage, up to and including broken bones, in the hips and legs. A powerful enough impact can lead to the pedestrian going over the hood of the car onto the windshield or being flung away from the car.
Also, neck injuries are a possibility in any scenario where the body is flung around. Some of the specific accidents that people who are involved in pedestrian accidents can sustain include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Serious soft tissue injuries
- Accidental amputations
- Nerve damage
- Wrongful death
When Can Victims Recover Compensation?
To recover compensation after a wreck, victims need to be able to show that their accident was the result of someone else's negligence – typically the driver of the vehicle that struck them. In this context, negligence occurs when a driver fails to operate his or her vehicle in a reasonably safe manner in light of the circumstances.
This can include both actions that break the law, and actions that don't rise to that level but still don't live up to the standard of “due care” required from drivers. A driver might be considered negligent if they:
- Run a red light or a stop sign
- Swerve to pass a car in the road without slowing
- Are distracted by a cell phone or other device
- Fail to obey other rules of the road
Showing that a driver is negligent can require proof, including statements from witnesses, photographs, video, or any other evidence available. As a result, victims should be certain to retain legal counsel as soon as possible, as waiting to begin an investigation can result in the loss or destruction of evidence.
What Can a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Do for Me?
If you are injured by a negligent driver, you can be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, depending on the nature of the injury. But successfully recovering in a pedestrian accident case can mean navigating the complex web of proving negligence – and showing, in turn, that you weren't negligent.
An attorney can help make sure you have the proof you need to make your case and help you recover everything to which you are entitled.
In addition, even if the insurance company is offering you a settlement, it is important to keep in mind that by not retaining an attorney, you run the risk of accepting an amount that is far less than the actual value of your case. For this reason, you should always talk to a lawyer before accepting a settlement offer.
Moreover, a vehicle collision with a pedestrian carries a strong possibility that the accident will cause a serious injury or death. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you know that the emotional nightmare of the accident is only compounded by having to deal with overwhelming expenses.
While we cannot undo the damage inflicted on you or your family by the inattentiveness or negligence of the driver, our firm will competently and aggressively advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum possible recovery.
Importance Of Recovering Physical Evidence At The Scene
Physical evidence at the accident scene such as blood, skid marks, broken glass, and other debris begin to disappear within hours after the accident. Weather and vehicular traffic along the same stretch of the road will quickly destroy the most graphic and material information.
We have an excellent team of experts available to immediately intervene to make sure all evidence is collected and preserved. Leaving no stone unturned, we will go out to the scene of the accident, talk to the witnesses, research all potential parties who may be liable for your damages, and tenaciously fight to protect your rights.
When you've been injured by someone else's negligent driving, you shouldn't have to worry about how to pay your medical bills. Hire an attorney with the experience you need to make sure you have peace of mind.
We are committed to helping victims and will not hesitate to take your case to trial if justice demands it. Our attorneys are available 24/7 for prompt intervention and analysis of your case. We will determine what losses you are entitled to be compensated for, from medical expenses to loss of earnings to pain and suffering.
Our firm will guide you through the process to make sure you and your family receive the maximum possible compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Please call our law firm at 310-734-7974 or use the contact form for your free case evaluation. Serving the greater Los Angeles area.