A pedestrian accident is extremely dangerous to be involved in. You do not have anything to save you like you would in a vehicle. Pedestrian accidents often occur at crosswalks and intersections by drivers who are not paying enough attention. They may simply not be looking or not exhibiting the level of care needed to safely maneuver on the road. If you have been involved in a pedestrian crash
, you should pursue appropriate legal action for compensation for your damages. Our West Covina pedestrian accident attorneys
at the Downtown LA Law Group have a ton of experience litigating such claims, and we will do all we can to win your case for you.
Reasons Pedestrian Accidents Happen
Many pedestrian accidents happen
due to driver negligence. It is much easier to pot cars than it is to sot pedestrians. Although pedestrians are occasionally responsible for accidents, such as by refusing to cross at a crosswalk or by running in to the street without running into the street without looking, they should exercise caution near vehicles. Too often, drivers will drive too close to the curb or not be on the lookout for any pedestrians, leading to crashes or fatalities.
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Some of the causes of pedestrian crashes include:
- Running red rights
- Running stop signs
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Broken traffic lights and crosswalk indicators
- Turning into intersections without looking
- Turning on red lights
- Driving drunk
- Texting and driving
- Inadequate lighting
Pedestrians should always be careful and not cross at non-intersections and avoid areas where cars are traveling at high speeds. It is illegal to walk on the freeway, for example, unless your car has broken down. Even then, it is generally much safer to stay in the car instead of outside of it due to the increased risk of injury.
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can assist you if you were hurt.
Pedestrian Crash Injuries
Pedestrians are not protected like passengers in vehicles are. They have no air bags or seat belts to catch them and prevent damage. They simply absorb the impact and can be rolled over the top of the car, run over, or flung off to the side. Some are even pinned to other objects or vehicles. We have seen numerous injuries from pedestrian accidents, including:
- Broken bones
- Torn muscles and ligaments
- Nerve damage
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Brain damage
- Knee and hip injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Severed limbs and digits
- Permanent scarring
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
These injuries may take months to heal, and in the meantime, you could be unable to complete your ob duties or live your normal life. Permanent injuries may even limit you to a wheelchair for the rest of your life. It is important that you get the appropriate coverage you need if you were injured, and our <>pedestrian accident attorneys in West Covina can help.
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Steps To Take After A Pedestrian Crash
It is not uncommon for individuals to call us
with questions about what to do after they have been struck by a vehicle. If you were injured due to a negligent driver while you were out on the sidewalk or crossing the street, you should take appropriate legal action. If you have specific queries, you can call us so we can walk you through the process. As long as you follow these steps, you will have a good chance of staying safe and winning your claim.
Go to the emergency room or doctor’s office to get treated, even if you feel you weren’t hurt. If you need recommendations, we will refer you to a qualified medical team. You should minimize the time between the accident and the treatment to not risk your claim being thrown out or ignored by the agent; if there is a sizeable gap, he will likely disregard your claim. Hold on to all medical notes and receipts from your visit and treatment.
Take photographs of your injuries, the scene of the accident, the environment, the car that hit you, and more. You should always have such hard proof. Videos can also be added, whether camera footage, dashboard cam clips, security or surveillance video footage, and more.
It will be beneficial to have eyewitness evidence, so you can ask bystanders and passengers for their testimonies and statements about the accident. They could provide you with extra proof that could push your claim further over the edge to success.
The police may have gotten involved and conducted an investigation after the accident. You can ask them for a copy once it has been finalized at the police station.
You will greatly benefit from the assistance of a West Covina pedestrian lawyer
. It is generally recommended that you do not pursue legal action by yourself and instead seek out an attorney. We promise to represent you to the best of our ability and we won’t give up until we are satisfied with the results.
Earnings From A Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit
The individual who hit you in a pedestrian accident should be forced to pay off your debts and expenses. If you were not responsible for the accident, the other party has a duty to provide such compensation. It can be very difficult to win these damages or convince an insurance agency to hand out such a settlement, though. Insurance companies are concerned with protecting their profits and not paying claims that may be highly valuable.
Our firm will work hard to win you every penny you deserve from the accident. The following expenses can be taken care of:
- Medical bills from the past and future
- Lost income and wages from the past and future
- Property damage to your personal belongings
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional anguish
- Punitive damages if you were deliberately harmed or a victim of gross negligence
- Wrongful death expenses if a family member o loved one died in the incident
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The value of your claim will be determined by the insurance gent handling your case. He will primarily consider your injuries when making a settlement offer. He will look at the extent and severity of the damage and how much of an impact and effect it had on your life and career. Minor injuries that quickly healed and did not have overly negative or inhibiting results will not be given as much weight as others. He will also look at your age and job type, as well as how much of the accident you can be blamed for. If you were partially responsible for the incident, the agent would likely decrease the settlement by a percentage.
Talk with our West Covina pedestrian accident lawyers
for details on how to maximize the value of your claim. We will negotiate the fairest deal from the lawyers and will always pursue total coverage for your losses and damages.
Time Limit To File A Claim For A Pedestrian Accident
You do not have an unlimited amount of time to file a claim against the responsible party if you were involved in a pedestrian accident
. You have two years per California law to take legal action if you were injured due to the negligence of another party. Pedestrians should be sure to gather all their evidence in this time period and submit it to a lawyer who can organize it and craft a demand letter to be sent to the insurance agency.
The statute of limitations allows claims to be filed within a reasonable amount of time that does not overly benefit one party instead of the other. However, many individuals do not know the exact dates they have to follow, and they may miss the opportunity to sue.
In some instances, you can have the statute of limitations extended. This may happen if you were underage at the time of the crash, which would force your statute to only become active once you turn 18 years old; if you were left physically or mentally incapable of suing, which would allow the time limit to start once you return to functioning status; or if the defendant vacated the state, which would push the deadline back to match the time he returns.
To ensure that you file a claim within the appropriate time limit, call a West Covina pedestrian accident attorney at (888) 649-7166
today. We will file your claim in a timely manner and see to it that you get the compensation you need quickly. Many insurance agents drag their feet, but our attorneys can speed up the process.
Our Firm’s Goal
We aim to bring you every penny you deserve in a lawsuit. You should not be forced to pay your own expenses if you were injured because of a negligent driver. Our firm, the Downtown LA Law Group
, has ample experience in pedestrian accident cases and we have the best methods to success. We will aggressively pursue your rightful compensation and will go to court if necessary to preserve your rights.
Call our firm for a free legal consultation. If you have questions, we’ll answer them, and we will tell you what we believe your lawsuit is worth. We’ll also tell you more about our zero fee guarantee, which promises that you won’t spend a dime of your own money on the case and we will only get paid if we win, and the money will come out of the settlement we bring you. If we lose, we take no payment.
For more details, reach out
to our West Covina pedestrian accident lawyers