Pedestrian accidents usually stem from driver inattentiveness. In many situations when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, drivers, particularly those who are making right turns, do not look to their left or straight ahead before making the right turn, causing some catastrophic injuries to pedestrians.
Drivers may be inattentive for different reasons such as:
All these factors can lead to pedestrian accidents and cause pedestrians to suffer very serious injuries such as broken bones, broken legs, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, and devastating quadriplegic or paraplegic permanent injuries.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a driver, call Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer Joshua Glotzer today for a free consultation.
According to the Los Angeles Times, pedestrian accidents have a huge impact on the city. After analyzing more than 665,000 traffic accidents between 2002 and 2013, 579 Los Angeles intersections were identified which had a higher than normal rate of pedestrians struck by cars.
The largest number of “problematic” intersections for pedestrians were located in Downtown Los Angeles, with 48 extremely dangerous intersections.
In Koreatown, near where two Metro rail lines meet, more than 400 pedestrians were hit by cars—with eleven fatalities.
Some of Hollywood’s more iconic boulevards—Santa Monica, Sunset, and Hollywood are also extremely dangerous for pedestrians, possibly because of an increase in tourist foot traffic.
While the city has attempted to reduce these pedestrian injuries and deaths through high visibility crosswalks and broader curbs, in the end, drivers must be alert for pedestrians, particularly in congested areas.
A pedestrian who is injured due to the negligence of another driver is entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic personal injury.
Economic compensation can cover past and future medical bills, past, present, and future lost wages, and lost earning capacity.
If a pedestrian is permanently injured in an accident and can no longer work or do the same job, they may be entitled to economic compensation for the loss of the ability to earn a living.
An injured homemaker who suffers serious injuries from a pedestrian accident and who now needs to hire someone to do their household work may be compensated for the loss of the ability to do domestic work.
An injured person may also recover damages for the pain and suffering, emotional distress, physical impairment, the inconvenience of the accident, disfigurement, and other non-pecuniary damages.
It may be difficult to put a figure on these types of damages but our firm has been successful in settling cases and convincing juries to award the maximum amount of pain and suffering, and non-economic damages that our clients deserve.
Depending on the types of injuries suffered, and whether or not the injury is permanent or has permanently changed a person’s life, the value of non-economic damages may be in the millions of dollars.
If a loved one was killed as the result of a negligent driver, certain family members are entitled to bring a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf.
Essentially, the same elements as those for pedestrians pursuing a claim on their own apply, other than making sure you are eligible, under California law, to bring the claim.
It is understandable that family members may be in shock following the loss of a loved one, however, if the deceased was a primary wage earner in the family, then financial security may be at stake, with little time to ensure the negligent driver is held accountable.
While the majority of the time, the driver of the automobile was at fault, whether through negligence or simply because they failed to see the pedestrian, pedestrians can be at fault as well when they fail to exercise due caution prior to entering a roadway.
Some of the instances in which the pedestrian could be at fault include:
More often, the fault lies with the driver when a pedestrian is struck.
Some of the most common driver errors or driver misconduct that contributes to car-pedestrian accidents include:
In order to successfully prove your case, it must be proven that the driver of the vehicle which hit you owed you—and other pedestrians—a duty of care.
It must then be shown that the driver breached this duty, whether by disregarding traffic laws, driving recklessly, or driving while distracted, and, finally, that you sustained serious injury as a result of that breach of duty.
When a pedestrian is injured by a vehicle that does not stop, the vehicle is already involved in a hit and run and is in violation of California Vehicle Section 20002. Depending on the nature of the injury, the violation may be a felony or a misdemeanor.
In the context of a personal injury case, the driver who hits someone and violates the vehicle code may be liable to the pedestrian under a legal standard called Negligence Per Se.
The hit-and-run driver who is caught can be prosecuted criminally and additionally be made liable to pay compensation for a victim’s injuries, which will include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, and other non-pecuniary injury damages.
The hit-and-run driver’s insurance company will have to cover the injuries caused by the accident. If for any reason, the hit-and-run driver does not have insurance, the injured pedestrian may still recover from their own uninsured motorist policy.
An experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Los Angeles can review their insurance policy and determine whether or not the injured pedestrian is entitled to compensation under their uninsured motorist policy.
Under the California Vehicle Code, pedestrians enjoy certain rights and, as with vehicles, must obey traffic laws.
In particular, pedestrians have:
If a driver violates the vehicle code and hits a pedestrian who is lawfully crossing in a crosswalk or in a designated area on a highway, they may be liable for negligence and to pay damages for the physical and emotional injuries, and economic injuries, to the injured pedestrian.
An experienced Los Angeles pedestrian injury and accident lawyer can help you determine if you have a valid claim.
It is believed that over 8,000 auto collisions per day are the result of a distracted driver who is engaged in an activity other than driving. Using a cell phone is bad, while texting is even worse.
Despite the number of laws passed which prohibit texting and cell phone use, far too many drivers continue to engage in these behaviors.
Many drivers also use the inside of their vehicle as a kitchen, an office, and an entertainment room. They eat an entire meal while driving, send texts or e-mails for work, drive with headphones on, turn around to see what the children are doing, read a book or a map, apply makeup and—shockingly—even change clothes.
Having children in the vehicle is almost as dangerous as talking on your cell phone; having an infant in the car is considered eight times as distracting as driving with only adult passengers.
When drivers are behind the wheel they must concentrate on the task at hand, or an innocent pedestrian could be the victim and lives will be changed forever.
Many pedestrians can suffer severe catastrophic injuries, which can include life-changing injuries to their back, shoulders, arms, and legs.
An accident can be traumatic and leave injured pedestrians in shock, often unable to help themselves.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can evaluate your case and determine whether a legal claim for compensation exists, and we will work on your case without collecting any legal fees upfront.
We work tirelessly to obtain the maximum recovery for your case and are prepared to try the case and get a verdict or settlement to properly compensate you for your injuries.
If we don’t get a recovery, then you won’t owe us any fee.