Are you struggling with a painful injury after a pedestrian accident? Do you need help understanding your legal rights and options? Contact the El Monte pedestrian accident attorneys at Glotzer & Leib, LLP to schedule your free consultation. With our help, you can maximize the amount of money you get for your injuries. Call us today to learn more.
Pedestrian Accidents in El Monte
- 2011: 37
- 2012: 30
- 2013: 41
- 2014: 42
- 2015: 63.
That’s an increase in the number of injury-causing and fatal pedestrian accidents by about 70 percent since 2011.
How Our El Monte Attorneys Can Help You
The injuries you sustain in a pedestrian accident can change your life forever. If someone else is to blame, you have the right to file a lawsuit for damages. However, you do not need the added stress of a lawsuit during this difficult time. The best thing you can do is hire an attorney to handle the complex legal claim.
Here’s why you should hire our El Monte pedestrian accident attorneys to help you after your accident.
1. You need time to rest and recover.
Pedestrians are much more likely than passengers of vehicles to suffer life-changing and fatal injuries in an accident. After your accident, you need to focus all of your time and energy on getting better. The more time you spend trying to navigate a lawsuit, the less time you have to focus on yourself. This can jeopardize your physical, emotional, and financial recoveries. We are skilled legal advocates who are well-versed in applicable law and procedure. We will fight to maximize your financial recovery while you focus on getting better.
2. We will protect you from manipulative insurance companies.
The last thing insurance companies want you to do is hire an attorney. Why? They want to minimize the amount of money you get for your injuries. When you hire an attorney you are much more likely to walk away with a fair and reasonable settlement offer. Our El Monte pedestrian accident attorneys will protect you from the manipulative tactics these companies often employ.
3. We will make sure your claim is valued properly.
Do you know how much your personal injury claim is worth? Who can you trust to accurately assess the value of your injuries? If you don’t hire an attorney you’ll be forced to accept the insurance company’s evaluation of your claim. Remember, they want to limit the amount of money you get. Our attorneys work with experts to make sure that the extent of your injuries is fully identified. We not only look at your actual costs today, but also determine how your injuries will impact your future. We will fight to make sure that your claim is valued properly.
4. We will fight to make sure you are compensated for all damages.
In California, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case and make sure that all of your damages are identified. We will pursue all damages, including those for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
5. We don’t get paid until we win your case.
We don’t want you to not hire an attorney because you think it will be too expensive. We know that money can be tight after your accident. This is why we offer our services on a contingency fee basis. We do not get paid until we recover a settlement or award on your behalf. In fact, we will also absorb all of the costs of your case. Once the case is over, we will simply collect a percentage of your award as our fee.
Causes of El Monte Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are injured on El Monte streets for a variety of reasons. However, certain reasons tend to be reported more often than others.
Pedestrian Distraction: Pedestrians are paying less and less attention to their surroundings. Instead of keeping a watchful eye on the road, pedestrians have their attention focused on cell phones and other electronic devices. Other pedestrians wear headphones and are unable to hear the traffic around them. As a result, pedestrians are causing many of their own accidents. Distracted pedestrians are more likely to walk into a busy intersection against the light, stumble into traffic, and create unavailable hazards.
Driver Distraction: Pedestrians aren’t the only ones who are distracted by their cell phones. A recent study found that the majority of drivers are guilty of using their phones behind the wheel. Most drivers use their phone for about 3 and a half minutes for each hour on the road. That’s incredibly dangerous when you learn that a two-second distraction increases the chances of an accident by 20 percent. When drivers aren’t paying attention to their surroundings they are more likely to hit pedestrians in crosswalks, run red lights at intersections, and veer into dedicated pedestrian walkways.
Dangerous Road Conditions: El Monte has an obligation to make sure that pedestrians have a safe space to walk. If walkways and sidewalks are obstructed, hazardous, or broken, pedestrians may be forced to walk in the road alongside heavy vehicles. This increases the odds of a serious pedestrian accident. If pedestrians opt to say in the dangerous path, they are more likely to trip and fall into traffic. The city of El Monte, Los Angeles County, and/or the state of California can be liable for damages if dangerous road conditions are to blame.
Walking at Night: Pedestrians can be difficult to see after dark. Unless you’re wearing reflective materials, the chances of an accident happening increase at night. Drivers are also more likely to be fatigued and/or intoxicated at night. This reduces reaction time, which can be dangerous when pedestrians are already hard to see.
Speeding: Speed is often a factor in pedestrian accidents. It is not only a cause of accidents, but often determines how severe the pedestrian’s injuries will be. The higher the rate of speed, the more serious the victim’s injuries.
Shared Fault in El Monte Pedestrian Accidents
Did you know that we can help you get the money you need even if you share fault for your own accident? We can recover compensation on your behalf as long as someone else is also to blame. However, your role in the accident will affect your case in two distinct ways.
First, your damages will be reduced by your own degree of fault. For example, if you were 25 percent responsible for your accident, then your financial award will be reduced by 25 percent.
Second, you may be responsible for other victims’ injuries. Anyone who contributes to an accident can be on the hook for damages. If you were 25 percent responsible for the accident, you may be liable for 25 percent of another victim’s damages.
Have you been injured in an El Monte pedestrian accident? Do you share some of the blame? It’s important to contact an experienced attorney right away. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, we will work tirelessly to minimize your role in the accident. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and find evidence that shifts blame to others involved. The less fault you share, the more money you can get.
Common El Monte Pedestrian Accident Injuries
At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, our attorneys have been helping injured pedestrians in El Monte for more than 18 years. During this time, we have recovered millions in compensation for clients suffering from a wide range of injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Brain injury
- Burn injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Chest injury
- Amputation, and
- Wrongful death.
If you are struggling with an injury after your El Monte accident, do not hesitate to call us today. We offer a free consultation and are here to help you through this difficult time.
Statute of Limitations for El Monte Pedestrian Accidents
You only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim in California. The statute of limitations for bodily injury claims is two years. This means that you must file your claim for damages within two years of the date of your El Monte pedestrian accident. You will not be able to get the money you need if you don’t file your claim on time.
There are certain times when the statute of limitations can be different. In order to make sure that your claim is filed on time, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as you can after your accident. Call our El Monte personal injury attorneys today to schedule your free consultation.
Call Our El Monte Pedestrian Accident Attorneys For Help
Have you been injured in an El Monte pedestrian accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Glotzer & Leib, LLP can help you maximize the financial settlement or award you receive. Call our El Monte office today to schedule your free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident, determine the best strategy for your case, and answer any questions you have.