The Downtown LA Law Group
has been the main handler of pedestrian accident cases for years. We know the best tactics to success and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Pedestrian incidents can be terrifying and result in uncertainty; you need an attorney who has been through the process before and can take you through the legal process as efficiently and carefully as possible. Our team of Santa Clarita pedestrian accident lawyers
will work to win your rightful compensation for your case.
Pedestrian Accident Information
Pedestrian accidents most often occur in busy urban areas with pedestrians and vehicles being in close contact very often. There are over 5,000 fatalities a year due to pedestrian crashes. Some are caused by pedestrians simply not paying attention and walking when the light is green or darting into the street. Other times, the drivers of the vehicles can be held accountable. The drivers can be blamed for the accident if they are driving recklessly, such as in the following ways:
- Texting while driving or using the phone while behind the wheel
- Drunk driving
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Turning right on red
- Turning into intersections without looking
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Failing to yield or come to a full stop where necessary
- Driving with vehicle defects, such as broken lights or faulty brakes
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There is also the chance that an accident happens due to environmental factors. A road defect could suddenly cause a driver to lose control and crash onto the sidewalk. Inclement weather can decrease visibility and make it extremely difficult to control vehicles. Pedestrians should always be careful in these situations.
The injuries you can receive are numerous. You may be left hospitalized for months dealing with broken bones, neck damage, spinal cord injuries, brain damage, severed limbs, internal organ damage, paralysis, and more. In the worst cases, individuals pass away due to their injuries.
If you were in a pedestrian accident
, you should seek out appropriate legal compensation for your injuries
. Our pedestrian accident attorneys in Santa Clarita
will do everything in our power to win you the damages you deserve.
Filing A Lawsuit
If you wish to file a lawsuit, you must be able to show that you were a victim of negligence. Negligence-based personal injury claims require you to show four points as true. They are:
- You were owed a duty of care by the responsible driver
- The driver breached the duty of care
- The breach of duty resulted in an accident
- The accident led to physical injuries
If you weren’t actually harmed, you won’t be able to pursue a personal injury claim. However, that seldom happens in pedestrian accidents. You may also have trouble proving all of these points as true, since if one is shown to be false, the claim will fall apart. Your best bet is to get the help of a Santa Clarita pedestrian accident attorney to deal with your claim for you.
Find out more about how we can help you. Call (888) 649-7166 to speak with a representative now.
What To Do After A Pedestrian Crash
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, you could be confused afterward and not know how to best proceed. It is not uncommon for individuals to be fearful or unsure of what to do, especially if they have never had any experience filing a claim. You should be sure to follow these steps to have the best possible foundation for your lawsuit.
Firstly, you should go to the doctor, call the paramedics, or go to the emergency room as soon as you were involved n the incident. You will need to get checked for injuries, even if you were certain you were not hurt. Some injuries do not show immediately and take time to manifest. If you don’t get medical help, you won’t have a good case for compensation. The insurance agent can claim that you were not that badly hurt because of the gap in time between the incident and the treatment.
You should hold on to all notes, receipts, and statements from any healthcare professional to prove that you did in fact receive some form of medical treatment.
You will then need to take pictures of everything relevant, including the car that hit you
, the environment, the injuries you suffered, and more. You can also get video proof, such as surveillance camera footage and dashboard camera clips.
If there were eyewitnesses and bystanders who saw the accident, you can request their statements and testimonies. The additional perspectives can help strengthen your claim.
You should request the police report from the police station if cops came to the scene of the accident. This extra bit of authority can benefit you.
You should then get the contact information and insurance details of the driver. This will allow you to file a claim against the correct entity. Too many times, pedestrians or victims will forget to colt the information and wind up being unable to file a claim against the proper person. This is also an issue in hit and run cases, and you will have to go to your own insurance company for coverage.
Lastly you should reach out to a skilled Santa Clarita pedestrian accident attorney for help handling your lawsuit. You may not have any legal acumen at all, and your injuries could mae it hard for you to take action. It is in your best interest to let a skilled lawyer represent you and win you what you deserve.
Compensation For Your Damages
Pedestrians who have been hit by cars should receive the maximum compensation for their damages. You could have accrued numerous expenses from the results of the accident, and our lawyers know how difficult it can be to pay these bills off, especially if you were too injured to work. Your focus after an incident should be on recovering and returning to your normal and healthy life, not on negotiating with an insurance agent about the value of your claim.
We will work to bring you coverage for the following:
- Medical bills (surgery, hospitalization, ambulatory transportation, anesthesiologist fees, medication, physical therapy, crutches and wheelchair costs, home and vehicle restructuring or remodeling, future treatments, and more)
- Property damage (to your personal items, lost belongings, or any other things you owned that suffered harm in the incident)
- Lost income from the past and future for days of missed work due to the accident, injuries, ensuing recovery time, and additional medical treatments
- Pain and suffering (PTSD, anxiety, fear, mental anguish, and other emotional troubles)
Because of the lack of protection for pedestrians and the higher risk of severe injuries, it is possible that a family member or loved one could pass away in the incident. If so, you can pursue wrongful death damages to cover various costs, such as the funeral and burial, the loss of savings and inheritance, the loss of consortium, the pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, and more.
If a driver acted with gross negligence or deliberately tried to harm you, you could receive punitive damages. These damages are additional amounts of monetary compensation that are meant to punish the defendant and prevent him from committing the same acts in the future. It is often difficult to win these damages, though, as they are usually viewed as excessive or harsh by judges and juries.
To ensure that you get the full compensation for your injuries and losses, you should contact
a pedestrian accident lawyer in Santa Clarita
. We will strive to get you the total coverage you deserve.
Call (888) 649-7166 to speak with a representative and schedule a free case review.
Pedestrian Accident Statute Of Limitations
The statute of limitations to file a lawsuit after being struck by a car is 2 years from the date of the injury. If you do not file a claim within this time period, you will be prevented from pursuing any compensation in the future. The sooner you file a claim, the better preserved your evidence will be; there will be a decreased chance of proof getting corrupted or lost and memories getting foggy or unclear.
There are a few ways that the statute of limitations can be extended. They include:
- Age of the plaintiff (minors can wait until their 18th birthdays before adhering to the statute)
- Physical or mental state of the plaintiff (those who are too ill or disabled to sue can wait until they return to health)
- Defendant’s location (individuals who have vacated the state cannot be sued, and plaintiffs can wait until they return before taking legal action)
Do not let your claim go unfiled because you do not know when the deadline is. Call (888) 649-7166
to speak with our Santa Clarita pedestrian accident lawyers
for assistance determining the amount of time you have left, and we will make sure that no deadlines or important dates are missed.
Let Us Help
The Downtown LA Law Group
has a team of expert attorneys with years of experience handling pedestrian accident lawsuits. We are among the most highly rated attorneys in own and our successes speak for themselves. The best chance you have of a successful claim lies with us, and we will aggressively negotiate a fair deal with the insurance agent. If he is resistant or does not want to settle, we will go to court to prove that your rights were violated and you deserve compensation.
If you wish to speak with us in a free legal consultation, you can contact our offices
. We are available around the clock, and none of your private details will be shared elsewhere. You can receive our zero fee guarantee if you sign up with us, allowing you to pay no fees at all, win or lose. We will only get paid if we win the case – if we lose, we earn nothing. You will not have your financial standing impacted.
For the best representation available, get in touch with our pedestrian accident lawyers in Santa Clarita