Nationally, nearly 6,000 individuals are killed
each year in pedestrian accidents
, with thousands more wounded in some way. Although these deaths only account for around 1/6th of all fatalities in car-related accidents
, it is still too many. As a pedestrian, you should always take extreme caution when walking near cars; it does not matter how far away you are, you should always remain alert and ready to move in case of an accident. Many pedestrians are struck when crossing the road, though, often due to the negligence of drivers. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should take legal action against the driver
who hit you and pursue your rightful compensation. Our Lancaster pedestrian accident attorneys
at the Downtown LA Law Group
can help you file your claim and represent you in a court of law. We’ll work to secure you every penny of the expenses you deserve.
What Are Statistics Of Pedestrian Accidents?
To highlight the problems pedestrians face, we have assembled some statistics to show what you should avoid and what you should take note of. In Los Angeles alone, there were over 250 pedestrian deaths
; considering that Los Angeles is one of the most populated locations in the country, it is no surprise that it tops the list for most fatalities.
A staggering 75% of pedestrian accidents
happen in the dark, with 33% occurring on local or residential streets. This means that drivers have a hard time seeing pedestrians, especially in areas that are not properly lit. Some neighborhoods and locations do not have ample street lights, while others don’t even have sidewalks. Streets without sidewalks are extremely dangerous for pedestrians
Most accidents (72%) happened in the middle of a block or on the highway
, not near an intersection
. This points to jaywalking on behalf of the pedestrians, but there are still troubles if drivers do not notice pedestrians.
Do not let yourself be a victim of a pedestrian accident
. Always take care when walking near roads, and if you are struck by a car, reach out to a pedestrian accident lawyer in Lancaster
How Do Most Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
Over 30% of pedestrian accidents happen because of intoxication, whether from drunk drivers or drunk pedestrians. Drunk drivers
may not be able to see too well and have reduced reflexes; they cannot quickly stop if someone enters the road, nor do they often notice surroundings too well. They may pass out mid-ride as well, leading to cars running off the road and striking those on foot. Pedestrians who are drunk are also less able to get out of the way of cars and may find themselves in dangerous situations, especially if they are in bustling areas with high traffic, such as near bars or clubs.
Additional reasons that pedestrian accidents occur include
- Reckless or careless driving
- Turning into crosswalks
- Ignoring pedestrian right of way
- Running red lights
- Running stop signs
- Pulling out of driveways without looking
- Distracted by phone, screen, radio, or GPS
- Driving while tired
- Inadequate lighting
- Sharp turns on the road
- Jaywalking (crossing at non-specified portions of the street or at areas that are not legal for pedestrians)
We are often asked, “Do pedestrians have the right of way when jaywalking
?” The answer is yes, but only once they have begun to cross once traffic has sufficiently cleared. Vehicles do not have to stop for individuals who are not at crosswalks or signals at intersections.
As of right now, steps to reduce pedestrian accidents can be taken by drivers, pedestrians, and cities alike. There have been repairs to sidewalks, refuge islands, overpasses, adjusted countdowns at intersections, improved lighting, high visibility crosswalks with flashing lights to indicate pedestrians, speed humps, and more.
If you have been involved in a crash, contact a pedestrian accident attorney in Lancaster
for more help.
What Kind Of Injuries Can I Get From A Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents are usually very devastating due to how wide-open pedestrians are. Being struck by a car
can result in extensive damages, even if the car is not traveling very quickly. Even an accident at 15 mph can be enough to cause serious injuries. Our attorneys have seen various kinds of injuries, including:
- Broken arms and legs
- Fractures and sprains
- Dislocated shoulders
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Knee damage and hip injuries
- Lacerations, bruises, abrasions, cuts, and penetrating damages
- Crushing injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Severed limbs and digits
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It is crucial that you reach out to a Lancaster pedestrian accident lawyer if you were injured in any way from a crash.
How Can I File A Claim For A Pedestrian Accident?
If you wish to file a claim for a pedestrian accident, you must be able to show that the driver was negligent in his care and caused the crash and the injuries. All personal injury lawsuits are based on negligence and proving these four points. If you cannot prove these four points, your claim will likely be rejected – if even one is shown to be false, your entire claim will be thrown out.
- You must have been owed a duty of care, which is true of all drivers on the road; they must not place anyone else, driver or pedestrian, in harm’s way
- The driver breached the duty of care by driving recklessly in some way
- The breach of duty resulted in an accident of some kind
- The accident caused you physical harm; if you were not harmed, you will not be able to file a personal injury claim
If you do not know the best way to proving the negligence of the other driver, it is best if you leave the process up to one of our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys in Lancaster. We’ve spent years handling such cases and know the ins and outs better than anyone.
What Evidence Do I Need For My Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
Your lawsuit will be successful if you have ample evidence showing that the other driver was at fault for the pedestrian accident. You should collect evidence as soon as possible after the accident, starting with medical attention. Paramedics can treat you at the scene or transport you to the emergency room if need be. Even if you don’t think you were severely hurt, you should still receive treatment; some injuries may show up days or weeks later when they were merely masked by the adrenaline at first. It is also good for your claim if you get treatment immediately after the accident: a long gap between the injury and the medical visit can be used against you.
You should have pictures of your injuries and photos of the scene of the accident. You need to take down the driver’s insurance information and contact details as well. If there were any witnesses who saw the accident, they can be interviewed and you can collect their statements and testimonies.
More often than not, the police will show up to conduct an investigation. It is wise to ask for a copy of the police report to attach to your evidence package. The more proof you have that you were not at fault, the harder it will be for the insurance agent to argue against your case.
Importantly, you should reach out to a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer in Lancaster. We can write your demand letter and send your claim to the insurance company for review. We will be glad to negotiate a better deal for you and will make sure that all of your evidence is weighed.
Do I Have A Deadline To File My Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
All pedestrian accident lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of the injury. If you take too long, your claim will be thrown out and you will be unable to claim any compensation. The statute of limitations exists so that claims will be quickly handled and all evidence will remain intact, not lost or forgotten.
It is possible for your case to be delayed and the statute to be suspended temporarily, as in the case of underage victims and those in compromised physical or mental states. You may also have a suspended deadline if the driver leaves the state or country.
Our lawyers can help you determine how much time you have left to file a claim. We’ll take care of all the documents for you and will ensure that nothing is late or past its deadline.
What Is The Average Settlement For A Pedestrian Accident?
The average settlement for a pedestrian accident varies according to the injuries you suffered. If they were particularly damaging and affected your job and daily life, your case may be worth over $1,000,000 to cover all the different expenses. Million dollar cases are most often seen with wrongful death damages and extensive pain and suffering. On the other hand, a few sprains and cuts and bruises will not earn nearly as much; your case may only be worth $40,000.
It will fall on our shoulders to negotiate the best deal from the insurance agent. The agent will try to downplay your injuries, claim that you were not as hurt as you said you were, deny that you needed as much medical treatment as you received, and more. We will be here to fight for you
You may be able to receive the following types of coverage from a pedestrian accident claim:
- Medical expenses (hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, medication, future treatments)
- Property damage (to personal items and belongings)
- Lost income (from days of missed work from the past and future)
- Pain and suffering (psychological trauma, emotional stress, PTSD, fear, anxiety)
- Punitive damages (handed out in times of gross negligence, but only a skilled lawyer can win them)
- Wrongful death damages (funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, loss of expected savings and inheritance)
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You should not be expected to cover these damages if you were an innocent victim in a pedestrian accident. We will work around the clock to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law.
The Right Lawyers At DTLA
The Downtown LA Law Group is one of the top-rated law firms in the city, and we have a team of Lancaster pedestrian accident attorneys ready to fight for your rightful restitution. We are aggressive in our pursuit and do not stop negotiating until we are satisfied with the offer; if we do not receive a satisfactory offer, we are willing to take your case to court to win in front of a judge and jury. We fully dedicate ourselves to our clients and will give you updates every step of the way.
Reach out to our offices today to schedule a free legal consultation
with an expert attorney. You can ask us any questions you want about laws regarding pedestrians and what you are concerned about with your case. We’ll tell you how much we believe we can win for you and will answer all your queries about the legal process. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all of your information is kept completely confidential.
By hiring us, you will also receive our zero fee guarantee, which promises that you won’t have to dip into your own savings at all throughout the case. We will cover the expenses of hiring expert witnesses, filing documents, and more. If we win, our fees will be taken from the settlement we bring you, so the insurance company will essentially cover your legal bills. If we lose, we earn no money whatsoever, and you can walk away owing us nothing.
Contact the Downtown LA Law Group at (888) 649-7166
to get started on your lawsuit with the help of a Lancaster pedestrian accident attorney.