Walking should not be a hazard. Walking near open roads should not be a death sentence. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents resulting in deaths are all too common in California. Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Compass Law Group, LLP have seen it all. We have represented clients who were hit while innocently walking back to their cars. We have worked with clients who were hit crossing the road. We want you to know that your story is safe to tell and we are ready to listen. California may boast about its Hollywood movies, celebrity status, and wine, but the state cannot boast about the way pedestrians are treated.
We are far from the month of September which is pedestrian awareness month, yet we have already dealt with several pedestrian accidents resulting in injury or death. In 2017 around 70,000 pedestrian accidents were documented. California is ranked 15th in the nation for worst pedestrian accidents. From January to June 2017 around 352 pedestrian deaths were reported. That is more than one year of people dying every day in a span of 6 months. Pedestrian accidents now represent roughly 16% of all motor vehicle accidents. California is a populated state, but that does not warrant the outrageous numbers of people dying just because they chose to walk instead of taking other forms of transportation.
What To Expect
If you were injured while walking, expect insurance companies to blame you. It isn’t some hidden trick. Insurance companies do not like to give up their money. Sure, they are business which is meant to help people in need, but at the end of the day, they are a business. A business’s prerogative is to make as much money as possible. We have seen it first hand. An insurance company will pick apart and dissect an investigation, twist details, and blame the victim. Common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents are major like a back injury, head trauma, broken limbs, or spinal injuries. These injuries aren’t easy to recover. Some require multiple surgeries. Some will leave you out of work for a long time.
Don’t fall for the first number the insurance gives you because they will low ball you. It is not in their best interest to cover you. It is in their best interest to give you the minimum. The person responsible for hitting you will not complain because eventually, they will have to suffer the cost. As common pedestrian accidents are in California, insurance companies know that an accident will eventually happen. With a savvy attorney by your side, we will make sure that you are taken care of properly and given the compensation you deserve.
What To Do
If you or someone you love has been injured while walking our Santa Clarita Crosswalk Accident Attorneys at Compass Law Group, LLP are here to make your life easier. We believe in aggressive representation because you deserve to be treated with respect.