It is dangerous to walk on the street and to cross in some areas, especially those that do not have signals. While some pedestrians may be careless in their behavior
, many are acutely aware of vehicles and actively seek to stay away from them. Some drivers are negligent, though, and wind up crashing into pedestrians. All pedestrians are owed a duty of care by other drivers, and if this duty is breached and an accident and physical injuries happen, there is ample foundation for a personal injury claim
. If you have been injured as a pedestrian, call (855) 339-8879
– the Downtown LA Law Group
to speak with an expert attorney. You can have your case litigated by a pedestrian accident lawyer in Pasadena
Why Pedestrian Accidents Happen
Pedestrians 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 (855) 339-8879.
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.
– Top 10 Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Case Value Of Your Pedestrian Accident
The 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
This is why you may have a case that is almost identical to another person’s but the offers are wildly different. A simple difference like career type could sway the insurance agent and make him feel that your case is not worth as much.
It will be our job to negotiate a fair deal from the agent. Our team of Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyers will constantly counter any offer the agent makes and we will seek maximum coverage for your damages.
– Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit Statute of Limitations
Call (855) 339-8879 to set up a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a case.
Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit Restitution
Your 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
Our lawyers will strive to win you punitive damages if they are available for your case. Punitive damages are additional monetary amounts handed out when a defendant acts with gross negligence or when he deliberately attempts to harm you. These damages take the place of jail time in civil cases, but they are extremely difficult to win due to judges and juries regarding them as harsh or excessive.
You will need a talented Pasadena pedestrian accident attorney to win your claim for you and ensure that you get the largest settlement possible from the incident.
Deadline For Your Lawsuit
One 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.
Learn more about your legal options: call (855) 339-8879 to speak with a representative now.
Free Second Opinion for Your Case
Often, clients will call us at (855) 339-8879
with questions about the value of their cases or what they should expect from a lawsuit. These clients are usually already represented by a firm, but tey may not have seen any progress with their case or they may feel as though their attorney is not treating them properly.
Sadly, many lawyers will not treat their clients with the respect they deserve. They will take on many cases with the intention of rushing through them and pursuing low settlements from the insurance agency so the firms can get paid with as little hassle as possible. This, of course, only benefits the lawyers and the insurance agencies while it sacrifices the clients. Victims of accidents should not have to pay for numerous expenses because their attorneys didn’t work to bring them proper coverage.
If you want a free second opinion on your case, give us a call at (855) 339-8879
. We will tell you if we believe your current lawyer is doing a good job or if he is acting in bad faith and is not adequately representing you. We will even assist you in switching law firms if you want to change representation. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Pasadena
will make sure to place you first.
Why Pick Us
The Downtown LA Law Group
has a team of highly skilled pedestrian accident lawyers
who have been winning such cases for decades. We know the tried and true methods to successfully defending our clients and upholding their rights. We are willing to go to court to fight for your rightful compensation in front of a jury, and we will aggressively negotiate and pursue the best settlement from the insurance agency. We take our job very seriously, and we make sure that you are fairly represented throughout the case.
Schedule a free legal consultation by calling our law offices
today. We can discuss your case with you and you can inquire about anything you wish, whether it’s legal services, the law surrounding pedestrian accidents, the potential value of your claim, and more. We will give you the answers you need.
To ensure that your finances are safe throughout the case, we will grant you our zero fee guarantee. This states that you won’t have to pay a dime for our services. We will only get paid if we win, and the money for our fees will come from the settlement amount we win for you. If we lose, we eat the losses ourselves, and we take no payment while you owe nothing.
to a pedestrian accident lawyer in Pasadena
to get started on your lawsuit against a negligent driver.