About 3,000 pedestrians are injured or killed in Los Angeles traffic accidents each year. Throughout the state of California, about 700 pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle accidents each year. With the state’s year-round warm weather and high level of outdoor activity, the rate of pedestrian deaths is higher than in most other states. In fact, pedestrians make up nearly ¼ of all traffic-related fatalities in California.
There are many types of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. Some of the most common include:
- A car or truck that strikes a pedestrian while speeding
- An automobile striking a worker in a construction zone
- A pedestrian stepping into traffic in the middle of the street
- A vehicle failing to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk
- A distracted driver fails to see a pedestrian in time
Most of these accidents occur after 6:00 p.m., when the sun is setting, or after dark.
A serious pedestrian accident can be life altering. If you’ve been injured by a motor vehicle or are the surviving family member of a pedestrian killed in traffic, we understand that you are likely under tremendous stress and uncertain about where to turn for help. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney can provide the information and guidance you need during this difficult time.
Damages in Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Cases
Every personal injury case or wrongful death claim is different. The damages the injured party or surviving family member is entitled to will vary depending on the nature and extent of the injuries, the degree of fault of the responsible party, and other factors. Some of the most common types of damages awarded in a pedestrian injury or death case are:
- Payment of existing medical bills and projected future medical costs
- Costs of rehabilitation and medical equipment
- Compensation for lost wages, past and future
- Pain and suffering
Of course, monetary damages won’t make up for the pain you’ve suffered and the disruption of your life. However, fair compensation for your injuries can relieve stress over medical expenses and lost earnings, giving you the time and peace of mind you need to heal.
Liability for Pedestrian Injuries in California
A negligent driver who kills or injures a pedestrian will typically be responsible for compensating the victim or his family. Some common types of negligent behavior leading to pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring special speed limits and cautions in work zones
- Running a stop sign or stop light
- Failing to look before pulling out of a driveway or parking space
In some cases, the pedestrian is partially responsible for the accident. For instance, the pedestrian may have attempted to cross in the middle of the street, and the driver may have been speeding. In that case, each was negligent and each likely partially caused the accident. Under California law, being partially responsible for an accident does not preclude an injury victim from recovering damages.
An Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Can Help
Rebuilding your life after a serious accident can be difficult and all-encompassing. You shouldn’t have to worry about paperwork, calls from insurance companies, how you’ll pay your medical bills, or covering your basic living expenses. Working with the right personal injury lawyer can relieve that pressure so you can focus on rebuilding.
Just call 818-459-4999 right now to learn more about how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. The initial consultation is free.