Car accidents are not uncommon, but accidents involving pedestrians are far less so. This is primarily because there are drastically fewer pedestrians out than there are vehicles. Unfortunately, though, pedestrian accidents
are often much more debilitating and result in more severe consequences than car accidents. While a car crash at a low speed may be very minor and only result in some cosmetic damage to the vehicles, a similar incident could cause permanent damage to an individual. If you were struck by a vehicle while walking on the sidewalk or while crossing the street, contact our Palmdale pedestrian accident attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group
for expert representation. We will strive to win you every penny you deserve from the incident.
Pedestrian Accident Details
According to recent statistics, over 70% of pedestrian accidents
occur at non-intersections (such as in between streets or parking lots); in the dark as opposed to during the day; and happen primarily in urban areas. There are over 5,000 pedestrian fatalities per year, and individuals are on average 10 years older than those involved in car accident fatalities (46 versus 36). It is telling that alcohol is involved in roughly half of all pedestrian accidents, whether with drivers or individuals outside of cars.
Pedestrians may make errors while out walking. They sometimes exert too much confidence and try to challenge drivers or they may ignore rules and laws. It is not uncommon for pedestrians to cross at green lights or in the middle of the street, and they may also not hurry up or try to get out of the way of some approaching vehicles. Pedestrians should always be extremely careful as they can usually see a car coming in some instances, and if there is no sign that the vehicle is slowing down or if it is apparent that the driver is not paying attention, they should retreat to a safe place. However, some pedestrians wind up in the street due to excessive consumption of alcohol or because they are simply tired and not paying attention to their surroundings.
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Drivers, on the other hand, may hit pedestrians for any of the following reasons:
- Drunk driving
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Running stop signs
- Running red lights
- Turning into intersections or trying to bet the light
- Texting while behind the wheel
- Driving while tired or fatigued
- Inadequate street lighting or broken headlights
- Vehicle defects
- Stormy or inclement weather that inhibits visibility
Drivers should always examine the road extensively for any pedestrians. Some of the worst incidents can happen at night when the driver is unable to see someone crossing the street, or when a child darts out into the street without looking.
can be extremely harrowing and can permanently affect your life, as well as the driver’s if there are severe injuries or fatalities. If you were hurt in a pedestrian incident, you should call our firm. Our pedestrian accident attorneys in Palmdale will be able to handle your case for you from start to finish.
Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
One of the reasons that pedestrian accidents are so dangerous is due to the lack of safety that pedestrians have. In cars, passengers and drivers have seat belts and air bags to prevent extensive damage and to save them in case of a high impact. Pedestrians do not have such features, and if they are struck by a vehicle, they suffer the entire brunt of the damage. They may be run over, thrown onto the roof or into the windshield, clipped, and more.
Some of the injuries that you can suffer in pedestrian accidents include:
- Brain damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Severed limbs and digits
You may be left in a state of total disarray or permanently damaged or disfigured. After an accident, you could have been transported to the hospital or the emergency room, and you may need months or even years of recovery time before you return to a normal and functioning life.
Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Palmdale
will see to it that you get the best medical help available and work to win your case for you.
How To File A Claim
If you wish to sue a driver for injuries you suffered in a pedestrian accident, you must establish that you were harmed and owed a duty of care. The four points of negligence that you must show are:
- You were owed a duty of care by the driver, as all individuals on the road are meant to be protected from each other and not participate in potentially dangerous or risky actions
- The duty of care was breached by a reckless or careless action
- The breach of duty led to an accident or incident of some kind
- The incident resulted in physical harm
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If you were not actually physically hurt in the accident, you won’t be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. However, most pedestrian accidents lead to some kind of physical injury.
To file a claim, you will need effective and ample evidence. This evidence can include the following:
- Proof of medical treatment
- Pictures of your injuries
- Photos of any damage to personal items or belongings
- Surveillance or security footage
- Eyewitness or bystander accounts and testimonies
- Pictures of the scene of the accident
- Contact and insurance information of the driver who hit you
- Copy of the police report
- Incident report if the accident happened at a place of business
All of this evidence can be put together and submitted to the insurance agency so you can pursue a claim. You will need a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer in Palmdale to help you with your claim. It is unwise to try and pursue legal action by yourself; you may not have the necessary experience or education to handle your claim, and your injuries and current life after the accident could make it extremely difficult for you to get around or go anywhere that you need to. It is more beneficial if you hire one of our lawyers to represent you so we can take care of your case while you focus on recovering.
Pedestrian Accident Compensation
Victims of personal injury claims
can receive various types of compensation for their damages. You may be able to have all the expenses you racked up paid for by the responsible driver. We will strive to bring you the maximum restitution available under the law for your injuries and debts, including:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for surgery fees, medication, hospitalization stays, physical therapy, and more
- Property damage for any lost or broken items
- Lost wages and income from the time you missed work from the past and future
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional trauma, PTSD, anxiety, fear, and more
- Punitive damages if you were injured as a result of gross negligence or if the driver intentionally tried to harm you, but these additional punishing amounts are usually viewed as harsh or excessive and are not handed out by juries very often
- Wrongful death damages if a family member or loved one die in the incident; you can receive funeral expenses, loss of consortium, loss of expected savings and inheritance, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, and more
Don’t let the responsible party get away with not paying anything for your damages. Call (888) 649-7166
to speak with a Palmdale pedestrian accident attorney
today for help moving forward and winning every dollar you deserve.
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Deadline To Sue For Damages
If you do not take legal action within 2 years of the date of the injury, you will be barred from pursuing any compensation. The statute of limitations is in place to hurry claims along and ensure that they do not sit too long without any resolution. It is fair for your evidence to be gathered for up to 2 years; this prevents it from being rendered outdated and may keep it from corrupting. It can also preserve memories better.
Many individuals may be eligible for an extension to the 2-year limit
, though. This is most common in cases where you are under the age of 18 years old (you can sue once you turn legal age), mentally or physically incapacitated, or when the defendant has left the state (the statute resumes when he returns).
Our lawyers can guarantee that you do not miss an important date. We will file your claim for you and take care of all your documents. We will also make sure the insurance agent does not throw your claim out and gets to it within a timely manner. Call our pedestrian accident lawyers in Palmdale for assistance.
Our Firm’s Promise to You
The Downtown LA Law Group
has had ample experience handling pedestrian accident lawsuits
over the years. We know how to successfully defend your rights and win your deserved compensation. We are aggressive and will not stop negotiating with the insurance agency. If the agent is reluctant to hand out a settlement, we will take your case to court. We promise to put you at the top of our priorities list, and we will not give up until we get what you need.
Call (888) 649-7166
for a free legal consultation with an expert attorney. If you have any specific questions, you can ask us, and we will tell you everything you need to know. We encourage you to learn more about your case so you are not in the dark. If you wish to hire us, we’ll give you our zero fee guarantee, which states that you won’t have to pay a single out of pocket expense throughout the case. We will only get paid if we win, and if we lose, we collect no payment from anyone.
Don’t hesitate to call the Downtown LA Law Group
at (888) 649-7166
today. We can help you if you were hit by a car and wish to sue the driver for your rightful damages.