It can be very dangerous for pedestrians to be out, given how many accidents happen per year. There are around 5,000 fatalities occurring from pedestrian incidents with thousands more hurt, often times severely. Drivers should always pay careful attention to all people on the roads, whether they are in vehicles or not. Pedestrians are owed the same duty of care as everyone else
, and it is crucial that drivers do not place pedestrians in harm’s way. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you can contact
the Downtown LA Law Group
for more help. We will provide you with a skilled Long Beach pedestrian accident lawyer
who can handle your case for you and win you the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are seldom responsible for accidents where cars crash into them. Drivers need to pay careful attention to the road; if they are negligent, they can easily collide with people crossing the street, kids darting out between parked cars, those waiting to enter their vehicles, and more. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include
- Ignoring right of way laws at intersections
- Running stop signs and red lights
- Failing to yield
- Turning without looking
Of course, there are times when pedestrians do not make it easy to be avoided. Some pedestrians cross at non-intersections, cross in the dark, wear dark clothing, cross at intersections when the light is green, try to beat traffic, walk on highways, and more. In these events, the pedestrian could be held partially responsible.
Pedestrians may sustain concussions, traumatic brain injuries, brain damage, neck and spinal cord injuries, internal organ damage, broken bones, severed limbs, paralysis, nerve damage, and many more serious injuries. There are roughly 1,000 pedestrian fatalities per year in California, which is higher than the national average.
You should not let a driver get away without covering your expenses if you were involved in a pedestrian accident. Call our Long Beach pedestrian accident attorneys
What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident
A big reason that many people do not successfully win their lawsuits after a pedestrian accident
is because they do not know what to do after an incident. They may not gather evidence or they may forget key steps. In some cases, the pedestrian leaves the scene of the accident without talking to anyone, resulting in no way for him to get proof when he needs it later.
To file a lawsuit, you must show that the driver was negligent. This means that you will need to establish that you were owed a duty of care that was breached in some way by the driver, and that breach of duty led to an accident and physical injuries.
If you follow these steps, you will have a greatly increased chance of success when you file your claim.
Go to the doctor at once
. You may not feel as though you were severely injured, but you should always get treated to ensure that you do not have hidden injuries or aggravated damages. Also, your claim will not suffer thanks to the lack of a gap between the accident and the treatment. Insurance agents like to claim that you were lying or that you were not injured if you have a large span of time between the injuries and doctor’s visit.
Take pictures and videos of your injuries
, the scene of the accident, the environment, and more. You can also ask for a copy of security footage if the incident happened at a company or in a parking lot with cameras. The more hard evidence you have showing the incident and the consequences, the more successful your claim will be.
Ask passengers, eyewitnesses, and bystanders
for their input on what happened. You can use these statements and testimonies to give further proof to your claim. You can also get a copy of the police report, which will include various conclusions. The report can be requested from the police station.
Write down the license plate number, insurance details, and contact information
of the driver who hit you. You should not have to hunt for this information. In some cases, a driver simply speeds off, resulting in a hit and run accident. You will then have to pursue other routes for compensation.
Lastly, you should reach out
to a skilled Long Beach pedestrian accident lawyer
who can handle your case for you. It is not recommended that you try and negotiate fair compensation by yourself. Our attorneys have years of experience with pedestrian accidents, and we know the best tactics to winning your claim. We will even be available for you to call us in the immediate aftermath of an accident. We will walk you through the process and answer all your legal questions.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (855) 339-8879.
Value Of Your Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit
Every pedestrian accident is different. You may be hit in the same location and suffer the same injuries as another individual, but small nuances could cause your case values to be wildly disparate. The actual value of your claim will be determined by the insurance agent responsible for handling it.
He will look primarily at the extent and severity of your injuries, as well as how heavy of an impact they had on your life and career. If you were able to return to work immediately and you recovered quickly, your case would likely be worth less than if someone were unable to return to their job for some time. He will also consider your age and your type of job (those who can still complete their job duties even with injuries may not be given as much compensation).
Further, the agent will try to figure out if you were partially responsible for the accident or if you could have done anything to prevent it. If you were also negligent, he would reduce the value of your claim.
Unfortunately, many insurance agents will deliberately undervalue claims and make small offers in an attempt to not lose out on any of their profits. They will try to pay as little as possible; ideally, they will throw your claim out entirely or reject it.
This is why it is important that you get help from a seasoned pedestrian accident lawyer in Long Beach
. You may not have any legal or negotiating experience, and if you try to go toe to toe with the insurance agent, you will likely not emerge victorious. Our attorneys have the best methods for success and will be able to wrestle your rightful settlement from the company.
Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit Compensation And Winnings
You should not be required to pay off the various debts that come from a pedestrian accident if you were hit by a negligent driver. You did nothing wrong and you should not be held responsible for the ensuing expenses. The driver’s recklessness caused the incident, and as such, he should be liable for the damages. We promise to do everything in our power to win you the maximum compensation available under the law. Victims of pedestrian accidents can receive damages such as:
- Medical bills (surgery, ambulatory transportation, hospitalization, medication, rehabilitation, future treatments)
- Missed income (promotion, benefits, tips, and future days of work)
- Property damage (cell phone, laptop, personal items, jewelry)
- Pain and suffering (PTSD, anxiety, fear, emotional anguish)
- Punitive damages (when a defendant acts with gross negligence or intentionally tries to harm you)
- Wrongful death expenses if a loved one died in the accident (funeral and burial costs, loss of consortium and relations, loss of expected savings and inheritance, pre-death medical expenses, pre-death pain and suffering)
An expert Long Beach pedestrian accident lawyer will be able to win you every penny you deserve in the lawsuit. We will not give up until we are satisfied with your case.
Time Limit To Sue For Injuries From A Pedestrian Accident
If you choose to file a lawsuit for injuries in a pedestrian accident, you have 2 years from the date of the injury to do so. You must adhere to this time limit; failure to do so will prevent you from pursuing compensation in the future. The statute exists so that claims do not take forever to be filed and so that both parties have fair time to gather evidence. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that crucial proof will be lost or that the defendant will not have the means to provide compensation.
Learn more about your legal options: call (855) 339-8879 to speak with a representative now.
You can, however, have a temporary extension to the statute of limitations applied to your claim if you meet certain requirements or if there were specific circumstances that unfolded in your case. Examples include:
- Plaintiffs who are minors cannot sue, so the statute of limitations would begin once they turn 18 years old
- Plaintiffs who are mentally or physically incapacitated cannot legally sue, so the time limit would be suspended until they heal
- Defendants who are not in the state cannot be sued, so the deadline would be extended until they return
It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how much time you have left to file a claim. You may not know if you are able to have the deadline pushed back or if you are running dangerously close to not being able to sue. It is wise to speak with a pedestrian accident attorney in Long Beach who can ensure that you are within the time constraints for your case.
The Right Firm for Your Case
Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group
, has a team of expert lawyers with decades of combined experience. We have won millions of dollars for our clients in various lawsuits, including truck accident claims. You will not find a firm with more dedication than ours; we treat you like family and ensure that you are healthy in the wake of your accident and that you get the rightful restitution you deserve. We will work around the clock to negotiate the fairest deal from the insurance agents, and our aggressive lawyers will do all we can to preserve your rights.
If you have questions, you can ask us anything you wish in a free legal consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we will always give you impeccable legal advice and help you understand how to best proceed. We will also tell you what we feel we can win for you.
Call (855) 339-8879 to schedule a free legal consultation.
Our firm employs a zero fee guarantee, which states that you won’t have to pay a dime for our legal services. We won’t get paid unless and until we win, and our fees will come from the insurance agency’s settlement. If we lose, you don’t owe us anything, and you can walk away debt-free to our firm.
Let our Long Beach pedestrian accident lawyers
assist you with your claim. Our attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group
are ready to take your call.