Why Pedestrian Accidents HappenPedestrians share parts of the road with drivers. Most pedestrian accidents happen at night and at areas where there aren’t intersections; they may not want to go all the way down to a crosswalk and would prefer to cross at unmarked sections. While this is faster, it is also more dangerous. Drivers may not expect pedestrians in these areas, and if they are not wearing bright clothing or if the drivers are not paying attention, accidents can happen. Other causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Turning across traffic
- Turning into intersections without looking at who is crossing
- Running red lights
- Running stop signs
- Backing out without looking
- Failure to stop or yield in parking lots
- Foggy or rainy weather that impedes visibility
- Drunk driving
- Driving while tired
- Distracted driving by using the phone, texting, or else not paying attention to the road
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.Pedestrians can be severely injured in these incidents. If you are not in a vehicle, you do not have any protection at all. You have no air bags and seat belt to help you, and you may be struck by a car head on, thrown under the vehicle, rolled over the hood and roof, and more. A pedestrian accident could be gruesome and cause lifelong or permanent injuries, such as paralysis, nerve damage, severed limbs, internal organ damage, scarring, immobility, and more. In fact, there are nearly 5,000 fatalities each year from pedestrian accidents. You should pursue the fairest legal compensation available if you were struck by a car while on foot. Our Pasadena pedestrian accident attorneys can ensure that you’re fully covered in the event of an incident.
Case Value Of Your Pedestrian AccidentThe value of your pedestrian accident will be determined by the insurance agent responsible for handling your claim. He will consider many factors of the case, along with your evidence that you submitted, before making an offer. Take note that most insurance agents will make low offers because they want to protect the company’s profits. They will dispute as many injuries and treatments as they can and if they can get away with paying very little, they will do so. The agent will consider details like:
- The severity and extent of your injuries
- How much of an impact the injuries had on your daily life and career
- Your age
- Your job type
- The level of negligence or responsibility you had in the accident
Call (213) 389-3765 to set up a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a case.
Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit RestitutionYour lawsuit could be worth a fair amount of money, and our lawyers will work to win you every penny you deserve. We won’t stop pursuing your rightful compensation from the insurance agent. Personal injury lawsuits can yield different types of earnings, including the following:
- Medical expenses to cover surgery fees, hospitalization costs, ambulatory transportation, physical rehabilitation, medication and drug costs, and future medical treatments
- Property damage if you lost any items or needed your belongings to be repaired
- Reimbursement for lost wages from the past and coverage for income you missed n the future due to injuries, medical procedures, or additional recovery days
- Pain and suffering damages for your anxiety, fear, emotional trauma, psychological anguish, and PTSD that could affect you after the incident
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one died in the crash, which could cover the costs of the funeral and burial, the pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering of the deceased, your loss of expected income and inheritance, and your loss of consortium or relations
Deadline For Your LawsuitOne of the most common causes of failed r missed lawsuits is a lack of knowledge regarding the statute of limitations. You have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible driver, and if you do not file a claim in that time, you will be barred from pursuing future action. The statute of limitations exists so that your claim is not left too long with no resolution and so that you and the defendant have ample time to acquire proof. At a certain point, memories start to fade and evidence has a greater tendency to get lost or corrupted. You may be eligible for an extension to the statute of limitations depending on certain circumstances. Our lawyers can help you figure out if your deadline can be extended. Generally, deadlines can be extended if you were a minor at the time of the incident, if you were left physically or mentally incapacitated after the accident, or if the defendant has left the state for a period of time after he hit you. Each scenario would require a return to some kind of regularity, such as being 18 years old, being fully mentally aware or physically capable, and having the defendant present in the state in which he is being sued. If you are unsure of how much time you have left or if you can potentially extend the statute of limitations, get in touch with our Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyers.
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