Pedestrians constantly face serious dangers from vehicular accidents. In the United States, a pedestrian is killed every 2 hours while more than a hundred thousand are injured in pedestrian accidents every year.
Unlike drivers and occupants of motor vehicles, pedestrians don’t have the benefit of structural protections that cars and most types of motor vehicles provide. When a car or other motor vehicle hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian is most likely going to sustain severe or fatal injuries.
Factors Affecting Pedestrian Safety
In 2015, the Governors Highway Safety Association reported that pedestrian fatalities are on the rise, growing as high as 10% in 2015 throughout the United States. It attributes the upward trend to various factors such as:
- An increase in the number of Americans walking for health, economic, and environmental reasons
- Increase in motor vehicle travel
- Growing use of cellular phones and mobile gadgets among walkers and drivers
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances
- Driving at higher vehicle speeds
- Children under the age of 15 and older adults are most susceptible to fatal pedestrian crashes
Many vehicle- versus- pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas and in intersections.
Claiming Compensation for Pedestrian Accident
In California, an injured pedestrian may be able to claim compensation against the negligent driver’s liability insurance. While you can negotiate with an insurance company on your own, many insurers will try to assign fault or partially blame you for the accident. Insurance companies are mainly concerned with their financial bottom lines and will ordinarily find ways to deny your claim or offer inadequate compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident, consult an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney about your situation.
At the Bedford Law Group, our seasoned pedestrian accident attorneys have been helping clients since 2003. Our Firm can represent you before the insurance company and will work very hard for you to receive the maximum value of compensation under the situation.
Driver Duty of Care
Vehicle drivers owe pedestrians a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid harming pedestrians on the road. For a claim to prosper against the vehicle’s driver, you must be able to prove that the driver was…:
- Exercised inadequate care and that the driver’s negligence caused your injuries
How Bedford Law Group Can Help
As soon as you contact Bedford Law Group, our lawyers will immediately start working on your case, examining every piece of evidence in order to determine the cause of your accident and identify the party/parties who are at fault. We will also study your injuries in order to arrive at a good approximation of your damages.
A pedestrian accident is often a complex case that will require the opinion of an expert such as an accident reconstructionist who can help establish the cause/causes of your accident. Further, Our Firm will work with highly respected physicians who can evaluate the extent of your injuries, allowing us to assess the impact of your accident on your future livelihood.
Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accidents
In the unfortunate scenario of a driver leaving the accident site without identifying themselves, our experienced attorneys know how to explore all angles of your situation and exhaust all possible sources of compensation to help you pay for rising medical bills. Call our dedicated Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys for a free consultation today.
Types of Compensation
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, particularly the extent and severity of your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for your:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Our Firm is dedicated to obtaining the true value of compensation that can help our injured clients attain full recovery from their injuries and ease the strain that ordinarily comes with a catastrophic accident.
Call Us for a Free Consultation
Arrange for your free initial consultation by calling us today at (310) 507-7900. When you see us for initial consultation, we recommend that you bring all records, paperwork, and other documents related to your accident. We handle all personal injury cases and wrongful death claims on a no-recovery, no-fee arrangement.