Why Pedestrian Accidents HappenFor the most part, drivers are acutely aware of pedestrians and know how to best avoid them and give them the proper right of way. However, some drivers are extremely reckless and do not pay attention while driving. This causes them to put everyone in danger, including themselves and pedestrians. There are over 5,000 pedestrian fatalities per year, and many of those incidents happen because of the negligence of drivers. A few of the reasons that cars hit pedestrians include:
- Failure to yield at intersections
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Turning on red
- Turning in front of oncoming traffic
- Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs
- Exhausted driving
- Texting while driving or using the phone while behind the wheel
- Vehicle defects
- Road problems
- Broken or defective traffic lights
- Inadequate lighting
- Sudden turns and hidden driveways in the environment
Find out more about how we can help you. CHAT LIVE with a representative now.In some cases, pedestrian error contributes to crashes. Some of those on foot may simply walk out into the street or not look when they are crossing. Others choose to cross where there aren’t intersections and when it is dark out while wearing dark clothing. Pedestrians should act with more caution when walking, as they may not always be visible to vehicles. If you were hurt in a crash, contact our Burbank pedestrian accident lawyers for more help moving forward. We will do all we can to secure you the compensation you deserve and ensure that your various debts and expenses are fully paid off.
Injuries From A Pedestrian AccidentA pedestrian accident often results in many more injuries than any other crash. This is because pedestrians are not protected at all. While those in vehicles have seatbelts and airbags and those on bikes have helmets and pads, pedestrians are generally only wearing their normal clothes. This means that any impact is fully absorbed by the individual. As a result, there are many fatalities and severe injuries. Some of the common injuries we see in pedestrian accidents include:
- Brain damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Crushing injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Severed limbs and digits
What To Do After A Pedestrian AccidentGetting struck by a vehicle can lead to months of rehabilitation and mental trauma. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, it is extremely important that you get medical attention at once. You do not want to run the risk of having injuries not be identified and treated, and if you do plan to sue, you need to have proof of medical treatment. Your proof should include medical notes, receipts, and more.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.It is also wise to collect as much evidence at the scene of the accident as you can. You should have pictures of the environment, photos of your injuries, pictures of the driver and his vehicle, surveillance footage if available, dash cam video if available, and more. This can all show the circumstances of the event and prove your claim. You should get proof from other parties as well. This includes eyewitness statements and testimonies, a copy of the police report, a statement from the responsible driver, and more. You should be sure to write down the contact information and insurance details of the driver who hit you, too. You do not want to forget such a key detail, which could easily turn a case into a hit and run if he does not provide you with any identifying info. It is also in your best interest to hire a Burbank pedestrian accident lawyer who can take your case and win you the compensation you deserve. You should not try to go through the trouble of filing the lawsuit by yourself. You may not have the necessary legal knowledge and negotiation skills to get what you need, and the stress of the case could delay your recovery time. An attorney can complete the legwork for you and win your case.
How To Sue For DamagesIf you wish to file a lawsuit, you must show that the driver was negligent. Negligence requires four points to be proven; they are, in order, that you were owed a duty of care that was breached by the responsible party, and that the breach of duty led to an accident and subsequent physical injuries. Too often, individuals are not hurt and try to claim they are; if you weren’t injured, you won’t be able to file a personal injury claim. If even one of these points is shown to be false, the entire claim will be thrown out. Bear in mind that if you weren’t physically harmed, you could still pursue damages for property loss and missed income. You may not need an attorney for acquisition of these damages, as insurance agents are much more likely to negotiate when the costs are not high. However, for all other purposes, it is recommended that you hire a pedestrian accident attorney in Burbank for your case.
Compensation From Your LawsuitAs a victim of a pedestrian accident, you could receive total coverage for your injuries and damages. The responsible driver can pay the numerous bills that resulted from the incident by way of his insurance company. You may have been severely hurt and have little to no way of paying debts due to the inability to work. Our team of attorneys will strive to secure you the following:
- Medical bills from the past and future, including surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, rehab, and more
- Lost income from the past and future for days you missed due to injury or additional medical treatments
- Property damage for anything you owned that was lost or broken in the incident
- Pain and suffering for emotional trauma, such as PTSD, anxiety, fear, mental anguish, and more
Call (213) 389-3765 to schedule a free legal consultation.If you want to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries, contact our pedestrian accident attorneys in Burbank.