Our California pedestrian accident attorneys help pedestrians who were injured because of the negligence of another party. More than 14,000 pedestrians in California get injured every year. Victims of pedestrian knockdowns and their family members in these cases deserve fair compensation for their pain and losses.
Driver negligence is the largest contributor to pedestrian accidents, including driving while intoxicated, speeding, failing to yield, and other violations of California crosswalk laws. Negligent drivers are often responsible for such pedestrian injuries as broken bones, lacerations, and brain injuries.
Our Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys can file a lawsuit against a negligent driver on behalf of an injured victim. These same lawyers can help clients:
- manage their medical treatment,
- gather evidence to uncover liable parties, and
- file a personal injury claim with an at-fault party’s insurance company.
The Shouse Law Group is a personal injury law firm that represents people in pedestrian injury cases. Our California personal injury attorneys work tirelessly for all our clients and seek to get you the biggest settlement possible. Contact our law firm today to get the legal representation you deserve.
What are common types of pedestrian accidents and injuries?
The State of California has several laws in place that help protect the safety of pedestrians. For example, California Vehicle Code 21960 VC states that all motorists shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the road in a marked crosswalk.
However, pedestrian accidents happen all the time in California. According to California’s Office of Traffic Safety, there are approximately 14,000 injured pedestrians every year in the state. Moreover, no state has more pedestrian deaths on its roadways than California. There are over 800 pedestrian fatalities in California annually.1
Driver negligence and carelessness are the biggest causes of pedestrian accidents. Drivers contribute to pedestrian accident injuries by:
- engaging in distracted driving (for example, driving while talking on cell phones),
- operating a vehicle as a drink driver,
- failing to properly signal before turning,
- failing to yield at crosswalks, and
- engaging in reckless driving.
Note that sometimes pedestrian accident victims can help contribute to their own accidents. For example, they can get injured after jaywalking. While pedestrians can usually still receive financial compensation in these cases, their payout will get reduced according to California law on comparative negligence.
Pedestrians injured in auto accidents can suffer serious injuries, including:
- traumatic brain injuries,
- spinal cord injuries,
- internal organ injuries,
- broken bones, and
Who are common defendants in pedestrian accident cases?
Pedestrians are most often injured following an incident that involves a car accident. Therefore, negligent drivers are the most common defendant in pedestrian accident claims.
A driver is negligent when he/she fails to act the way a reasonably careful driver would in the same situation. For example, drivers are considered negligent if they injure a pedestrian after ignoring a stop sign.
If victims are successful in filing lawsuits or personal injury claims, they can receive compensation for:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- lost wages,
- lost earning capacity,
- property damage, and
- pain and suffering.
If a pedestrian, unfortunately, dies in an accident, his/her family members can likely file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for causing the accident. Damages can include (but are not limited to):
- burial and funeral expenses,
- amounts the deceased would have earned as income, and
- compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support.
What is the role of personal injury lawyers in pedestrian accident cases?
Personal injury attorneys play an integral role in pedestrian accident claims.
For example, an attorney provides the following assistance in the life of a pedestrian accident case:
- interviews the accident victim to learn the facts of the case and assess a victim’s damages,
- manages the injured victim’s medical care and treatment,
- investigates the cause and circumstances of the accident,
- appoints experts to assist in interpreting the case or explaining an accident to a judge or jury,
- files an injury claim with the liable motor vehicle driver’s insurance company and negotiates with the applicable insurance adjuster, and
- files a lawsuit on the victim’s behalf.
What is the benefit of a pedestrian injury attorney?
Attorneys in these types of personal injury cases help clients get the biggest possible court awards and settlement offers.
A skilled pedestrian accident lawyer knows the true value of a case. This means they can hold liable parties to pay their fair share of an accident.
An attorney also knows where to find hidden value within a case. Uncovering such value leads to a client receiving maximum compensation for his/her injuries.
Keep in mind that the job of a personal injury lawyer is to handle all of the complexities within a case. The result is that injury victims can focus on their health and healing.
Most injury attorneys provide an initial case review with no fees attached. Clients then can get their legal questions answered without spending a dime.
Note that any communications with a lawyer are protected by the attorney-client relationship. Lawyers cannot disclose their clients’ information without getting their clients’ consent.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, we invite you to contact our law firm at the Shouse Law Group. Our attorneys provide both free consultations and legal advice you can trust.
We work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available for your case. Our attorneys represent clients throughout California, including those in Los Angeles, San Diego, and southern California.
- California Office of Traffic Safety’s website, “Pedestrian Safety.”