Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Protecting Your Rights
Last Updated: 02-01-2017
California Vehicle Code Section 21950 requires drivers to exercise all due care when approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk and to use whatever means necessary to safeguard his or her safety.Unfortunately, many drivers have a bad habit of focusing only on other motorists on the road. Consequently, thousands of pedestrians are injured each and every month throughout the United States – and usually due to no fault of their own.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident in California, contact Wilshire Law Firm AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The steps you take immediately following your accident are crucial and can affect your recovery down the line. Our attorneys can guide you through the legal process, and ensure that your rights and best legal options are preserved. We can also answer any and all of your questions, including:
- How did this happen?
- Who was at fault?
- How can I pay for my medical bills and other recovery costs?
- What can I do to regain financial stability?
For a FREE, NO OBLIGATION consultation, call us today at (800) 522-7274. Our helpful legal team members are on standby, ready to help you with all of your legal matters.
Pedestrian Accidents Devastate Lives
What Are the Statistics on Pedestrian Accidents in California?
California is THE worst state for pedestrians. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the Golden State recorded the country’s highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 2013 (701) and 2014 (700). The California Highway Patrol estimates that there are two pedestrian fatalities and 33 pedestrian injuries every day. Despite governmental efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians, the percentage of pedestrian fatalities compared to all motor vehicle deaths continues to rise.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The root cause for most pedestrian accidents is bad motorist behavior. Pedestrians aren’t always blameless, to be sure, but it’s certainly the case that many car drivers struggle to safely operate their vehicle around pedestrians.
Common causes of these accidents include the following:
- Drunk driving
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Making a right turn against a red light without looking for pedestrians
- Making a left turn without looking for pedestrians
- Distracted driving, such as texting while driving
- Failing to yield right-of-way at marked crosswalks
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
The average vehicle weighs 4,079 pounds, or over two tons. Even at slow speeds, this equates to a lot of force – enough to seriously damage a human body, which is comparatively fragile. This is why pedestrian accident victims often sustain catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Bone fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Internal organ damage
These injuries don’t just cause a lot of pain, but they also carry with them staggering medical expenses. Only a qualified personal injury attorney can help you handle the heavy burden brought on by the driver’s negligence.
Don’t Trust the Insurance Company
If you want to obtain maximum recovery, you will have to beat back the efforts by the insurance company to reduce your claim. Insurance companies are businesses, and like any business, they prioritize profit above all else. They may say that they’re giving you a fair deal, but nothing could be further from the truth. Don’t let yourself get lowballed – seek help from a legal professional who can communicate directly with claims representatives to secure you an optimal case outcome.
Determining Fault in a Pedestrian Accident
According to California Vehicle Code Chapter 5, drivers must not only yield to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks, but also exercise “due care” not to hurt a pedestrian even if he or she is crossing outside of a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Because of the ambiguity of the laws, the driver often shares liability in cases where the pedestrian was negligent. Therefore, even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be entitled to compensation. In any case, you should consult with a trustworthy lawyer.
Recovering Compensation in a Pedestrian Accident
When it comes to injury cases, there are generally two types of restitution available – economic and non-economic. The former refers to billable damages like medical costs and lost earnings. The latter pertains to more intangible, personal costs; pain and suffering, for instance, is part of this category. Although it is impossible to quantify losses of this nature, their effects on the victim can be somewhat alleviated through monetary compensation. Our attorneys work with economic experts to determine the extent of your losses.
Consult with a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Right Away
At Wilshire Law Firm, we uphold a standard of integrity which drives us to put in the very best work for each and every one of our clients. It is for this reason that we have managed to collect more than $100,000,000 in verdicts and settlements since opening our doors in 2007. In recognition of our achievements in the field of personal injury law, we’ve received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell as well as a Litigator Award by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents. Major news networks such as ABC, FOX, and KTLA seek our commentary on high profile cases.
If you are seeking a pedesterian attorney who is both tenacious and reliable, look no further. Call us today at (800) 522-7274 to discuss your case with one of our dedicated legal experts.