Pedestrian accidents occur anywhere, and they’re especially prevalent in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 accidents occur each year involving pedestrians in the United States, and many of them are deadly. If you or someone you love is involved in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, and attorney with experience in this area of the law can help you and your family figure out what to do next. Pedestrians hit by vehicles are at risk of great injury. Even the smallest vehicle is significantly heavier, larger, and faster than a pedestrian. This means pedestrians are at risk of being injured or even killed when they’re hit by a car.
Many pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers not paying attention to the road. When a driver fails to adhere to the rules of the road, he or she becomes liable for the injuries or deaths caused to anyone involved in the pedestrian accident. There are numerous laws in place to protect those who choose to walk through their communities, and many drivers are too distracted to pay attention to those around them. This can result in a deadly consequence. It takes no more than one second of distraction to cause a fatal accident.
What is a Pedestrian Accident?
Simply speaking, pedestrian accidents are any accidents that involve a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. This most common pedestrian accidents occur when vehicles are speeding or the driver is under the influence. However, there are many instances when the driver isn’t doing either, but they are still at fault for the accident that either injures or kills the pedestrian on the road.
– Texting and driving
– Distracted driving
– Falling asleep at the wheel
– Not obeying traffic signs
– Not following the rules of the road
Anything can happen at any moment, and there’s not anything that can be done in the wake of an accident to change the situation. If you or a loved one are hit by a car while walking, it’s time to call an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. This is an attorney who can help you with your case, help you find the solution you need, and help you prove that the accident was not your fault. The aftermath of pedestrian accidents involve much more damage than just death or injury.
What Injuries are Caused by Pedestrian Accidents?
There’s no limit to the injuries a victim suffers when hit by a car. There are minor injuries in some accidents and major injuries that are considered catastrophic or even deadly in others. Predicting injuries is impossible with so many factors at hand. It depends on the age and size of the victim, the speed of the vehicle, the size of the vehicle, the condition of the road, and the condition of the driver. The most common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents include:
– Road rash
– Broken bones
– Brain injuries
– Spinal cord injuries
– Broken limbs
– Neck injuries
– Catastrophic injury
When a pedestrian accident causes an injury, the extent of the damage extends far beyond that of the initial medical assessment. Many patients with serious or catastrophic injuries need lifetime medical care for just the injuries sustained during the accident. Some victims are traumatized by the accident and require emotional support. If a victim is incapacitated in any way, such as placed in a wheelchair or in need of long-term care, medical bills continue for the rest of their life. For some accident victims, there are insurance limitations at hand, and they might have to pay for their damages out of their own pocket.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accidents
If you or a loved one are involved in a pedestrian accident, there is compensation available. If the other party is found guilty of causing the accident, you might be entitled to compensation to cover the cost of a myriad of expenses:
– Loss of wages
– Loss of job
– Medical bills
– Long-term care
– Rehabilitation facilities
– Funeral costs
– Wrongful death
Being involved in an accident usually means someone is out of work for some time while they recover. Even if they can go back to work when their injuries heal, many people aren’t paid for medical leave. This leaves them at the mercy of their expenses, and not all victims can afford to pay their bills while out of work. Pain and suffering are another consideration. Many accident victims who are disfigured or disabled lose their families from the pain and suffering they’re going through. Marriages aren’t easy to make work in a situation like this, and sometimes they end. This leaves the victim with less emotional support, and more life issues. Compensation is available.
How Can an Attorney Help?
An experienced attorney can help a pedestrian accident victim by proving that the driver of the vehicle that hit you or your loved one is at-fault. It all begins with a phone call to our offices. We then gather all the information and evidence from the case, and we review it. Our office speaks with witnesses, handles the police reports, and looks for any and all evidence that a victim was caused injury or death in a wrongful manner, and we seek compensation to help the family get through this devastating time.
Our attorneys work with our clients, and we have the experience necessary to ensure you are given the most compensation possible. We want you to be able to handle the cost of medical bills, the life changes that might come your way, and the pain and suffering that others cause you when you are the victim of a pedestrian accident. The person at fault for the accident is responsible for providing you with the financial means to get through this, and our attorneys can help you find that financial compensation. Let us help you by making the call as soon as you are involved.
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