Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Tragically, statistics show that traffic accidents involving pedestrians are on the rise and that California’s pedestrian fatality rate is almost 30 percent higher than the national average. Children and adults over the age of 65 are most at risk. If you have suffered severe injuries in a pedestrian accident for which someone else is responsible, you should contact Compass Law Group, PC.
As we all know, pedestrians and vehicles are not evenly matched when they collide. Pedestrians are totally vulnerable to the massive weight and high speed of automobiles, trucks, and buses. Even when bicycles hit pedestrians, the results can be catastrophic.
In pedestrian accidents in which someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional disregard for human life caused you serious harm, our knowledgeable, personal injury attorneys will work long and hard to assist you in receiving every dollar of damages you are entitled to by law. Our pedestrian accident attorneys are consummate professionals, each with a history of winning substantial settlements and a reputation for accessibility and compassion. Furthermore, we will never charge you any attorneys’ fees until we have won your case.
Contacting Compass Law Group promptly can ensure your future and the future of your family. Gathering evidence from the accident site is a much more useful process when undertaken shortly after the accident because:
- Damage to vehicles and property is still visible
- Road spills are not erased
- Police reports are easy to locate
- Witness memories remain clear
- Medical records are more easily accessible
We will examine all available data and strategize the best way to approach your case. Reaching us promptly will help us to help you most efficiently and will also take into account the statute of limitations for filing your claim and/or lawsuit.
Though the rates of severe injuries and fatalities are much worse for pedestrian accidents than for other traffic crashes, the causes are much the same, including:
- Changing lanes without signalling
- Damaged lighting or traffic signals
- Defective brakes or steering
- Driving while distracted by electronic devices, fatigue, eating or reaching
- Impaired driving — almost half of pedestrian deaths involve elevated blood alcohol levels BAC) of either the pedestrian or the driver
- Poor road or weather conditions
- Turning illegally
Most pedestrian accidents occur either in congested urban areas or during the hours of darkness.
Who Is Liable?
You should be aware that the lawsuit our pedestrian accident attorneys file on your behalf may depending on the circumstances, target someone other than the driver who hit you, such as the manufacturer of the car’s defective brakes, the government agency that failed to remove snow or ice from the street in a timely fashion, or the owner of the construction site that dropped debris onto the roadway.
The law recognizes that in some pedestrian accidents there is blame on both sides. If you were intoxicated, distracted by a smartphone, slipped and fell into the path of an oncoming car, neglected to cross at the crosswalk, or crossed against the light, the law may hold you partially accountable for your own injury.
In California, however, state personal injury law is shaped by the principle of “comparative fault,” following a pure comparative negligence standard. What this means is that even if you were partly at fault for the accident that injured you, you may still be able to collect damages, though the amount of the award you receive will be lessened by the percentage of fault assigned to you by the court. For example, if the court assigns you a 10 percent share of the blame and you are awarded $100,000 in damages, you will receive only $90,000.
The Enormous Cost of Pedestrian Injuries
Sadly, the majority of pedestrian accidents victims are lucky to escape with their lives. For reasons previously mentioned, pedestrian accidents are often life-altering, causing the victim:
- Limited mobility or paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Organ loss
- Chronic pain
- Sensory or cognitive disability
Most often, such pedestrian injuries require lengthy rehabilitation and/or long-term care. The medical, psychiatric, surgical, therapeutic, and medication costs will be tremendous. If the victim was a wage earner, the loss of income will greatly increase the level of financial stress the family experiences. It is for these reasons that having an effective pedestrian accident lawyer can make all the difference. At Compass Law Group, our team is focused on doing everything in our power to provide you with the resources you need to make you and your loved ones comfortable — now and in the future.
Our goal is to make certain you receive the compensation you deserve for:
- Medical and rehabilitative costs
- Costs related to your recovery (housecleaning, landscaping, child care)
- Lost income (present and future)
- Physical pain and emotional anguish
- Long-term care for permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If your family has suffered the unimaginable tragedy of losing a loved one to a pedestrian accident, we will file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf to help you win damages for final medical costs, funeral expenses, loss of companionship and guidance, and loss of future income.
This list isn’t all-inclusive many personal injury suits have been raised based on different factors that aren’t included above. Our team of Los Angeles car accident attorneys can work on cases without anything out of pocket.
We’re old enough to have the necessary experience, yet young enough to use the most cutting-edge technology and tactics, and are determined enough to fight and outsmart the other side, every time.