On June 25, 2019, a man was crossing the street at an unmarked intersection when he was struck by a vehicle
. The incident occurred as the man was crossing near the intersections of San Pedro and 36th streets
. The man was hit by a blue Ford Taurus (2014 model)
before noon on Monday. The man, who remains unidentified, was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition. According to the incident report, the driver of the vehicle began hitting the brakes when he saw the pedestrian
– but it was too late to avoid the crash. The victim, who continues to fight for his life, is described as a Hispanic male with a height of approximately 5 feet, 5 inches and weighing approximately 140 to 150 pounds.
This unfortunate incident has resurfaced many other pedestrian incidents in the past
– incidents that have severely injured people and have killed others. This incident has also resurfaced many questions. Who is at fault for pedestrian accidents?
Will the driver always be liable? Can the pedestrian be liable for his or her own accident? If you have any of these questions after you or a member of your family was harmed in a pedestrian accident, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Depending on the details of the pedestrian accident that you suffered, you might be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim
– or even a wrongful death claim
. For legal assistance to learn more about your right to take legal action after you or a member of your family suffered a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group. When you contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group, you can be certain that there will always be someone aggressively fighting for your right to sue and receive compensation. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our experts as soon as possible.
Understanding the Harm Associated with Pedestrian Accidents
As mentioned above, the pedestrian accident resulted in harm so severe that the victim remains in critical condition – even a week after the accident. Although there are no details available about the specific injuries caused by the accident, the injuries were severe enough that he continues to fight for his life. The injuries resulting from pedestrian accident vary significantly. In general, pedestrian accidents could result in head injuries, brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, shoulder injuries, hip injuries, knee injuries, organ damage, lacerations, broken ribs, fractured bones, severed limbs, sprains, strains, ligament damage, nerve damage, internal bleeding, and many other sorts of injuries. Regardless of the type and severity of the injuries suffered, victims and their families will likely see their lives affected in many different ways. If you would like to learn more about your right to sue based on the harm that you suffered, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm as soon as possible.
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Liability for Pedestrian Accidents
In many cases, it is complex to establish liability for pedestrian accidents. In general, claimants must remember the following: parties owe other parties a specific duty of care; if they breach their duty of care, they will be held accountable for the harm suffered by victims. In general, liability for pedestrian accidents depends on the specific details of the accident. Consider the following points:
- When driver negligence caused the accident – most pedestrian accidents are caused by the negligence of drivers. Drivers owe all pedestrians a duty of care to drive with caution to avoid any accidents that could result in injuries or death. When drivers exercise recklessness while behind the wheel, they create a risk to pedestrians. When recklessness or negligence results in drivers causing pedestrian accidents, they will likely be liable for the harm suffered.
- When pedestrian negligence caused the accident – many pedestrian accidents are caused directly by the negligent actions of pedestrians themselves. Pedestrians have the duty to care for themselves and keep themselves out of harm’s way to the best of their abilities. However, pedestrians often put themselves in danger by exercising recklessness, such as entering busy intersections and running into the street when it is not safe to do so. When the actions of pedestrians contribute to the accident and injuries suffered, they will likely be liable.
- When third-party negligence caused the accident – some pedestrian accidents are caused by parties/entities other than drivers and pedestrians. In many cases, pedestrian accidents are caused by things that are completely out of the control of both drivers and pedestrians, such as poor road conditions, blind intersections, and poorly lit crosswalks, for example. These specific causes are associated with the failures of entities, such as traffic agencies and county agencies, for instance. When pedestrian accidents are caused by these failures, these agencies could be liable.
It is also easy to assume that pedestrian accidents are only caused by one reason – meaning that only one party can be liable. However, multiple parties could be found liable for the same pedestrian accident. For instance, if a driver was speeding and a pedestrian ran into the road, liability will likely be shared. If you would like to learn more about liability for pedestrian accidents, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
The Right to Pursue a Pedestrian Accident Claim
If the pedestrian accident that you suffered was a direct result of a party’s negligence, you will likely have grounds to pursue a claim. Surviving family members could also pursue a claim for the wrongful death of the victim. What if the pedestrian accident was partly your fault? Would you still have the right to pursue a claim? Unfortunately, many people decide to not pursue pedestrian claims because they are worried about being partly liable. Even if you have some liability for the accident, you will likely have the right to pursue a claim. For more information about your right to pursue a pedestrian accident claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts today.
The Right to Recover Compensation
You have the right to sue for the pedestrian accident that resulted in your injuries or the death of a member of your family. Depending on the specific details of your claim, you could likely be eligible to receive monetary compensation. How much monetary compensation might you be eligible to recover? What establishes your right to recover compensation? What type of compensation could you be eligible to receive? The compensation available for your claim depends on specific details.
Although every claim is different, claimants who pursue claims after pedestrian accidents will likely be eligible to receive some of the following types of compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Punitive damages
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For more information about the specific type and amount of compensation that you might be eligible to recover, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers will evaluate your claim, help you understand the compensation available for your claim, and aggressively fight for your right to receive the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. If you are ready to learn more about the compensation that you could recover after being affected by a pedestrian accident, contact our firm today.
Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accidents
If you are interested in pursuing a pedestrian accident claim, it is important that you have a thorough understanding of the statute of limitations that applies to your claim. All personal injury accidents are subject to a statute of limitations which establish how long claimants have to sue. Pedestrian accidents are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. In the case of death, wrongful death claims rising from pedestrian accidents are also subject to a two-year statute of limitations. Because failing to understand the statute of limitations that applies to your claim can result in losing the right to sue, it is essential that you seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible.
How Can We Help?
Did you suffer a pedestrian accident that left you dealing with any sort of injuries? Did a member of your family suffer a pedestrian accident that left him or her severely injured or dead? If the situation that you and your family experienced is similar to the unfortunate pedestrian accident described above, you might be interested in exploring the possibility of filing a claim against the party that caused your accident. If you would like to discuss your claim with experts of pedestrian accidents
, do not hesitate to contact Downtown L.A. Law Group
Downtown L.A. Law Group
is a personal injury law group
with many years of experience handling different types of personal injury claims – including pedestrian accident claims
. We believe that the parties affected by pedestrian accidents should have access to the representation necessary to pursue a claim. When you contact our firm, you will find that we offer free legal services, which include both free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all questions, address all concerns, and provide all the information necessary to file a claim. If you would like to benefit from these free legal services, contact us today. Regardless of the harm that you or your family suffered, we can provide you with the guidance that you need.
Our free legal services are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee. What does our Zero-Fee guarantee do for you? Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that you will never have to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our services. Our law firm is also based on contingency; therefore, our clients will not have to pay anything until after reaching a positive claim outcome. If you are ready to discuss your claim with our experts, contact us
at your earliest convenience.