LOS ANGELES AUTO/PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS LAWYER
When you are a pedestrian and are hit by a car, you have nothing to protect you. This makes any pedestrian hit by a car extremely vulnerable to very serious injuries. Pedestrians can be injured not only by cars, but by motorcycles, trucks, and also bicycles. Injuries caused in those accidents may be legally actionable, also.
As with many Los Angeles car accidents, what happens in these accidents is not pretty: Most victims of pedestrian-car accidents sustain broken bones, severe cuts and lacerations, bleeding and severe bruising.
MOST COMMON PLACES WHERE PEDESTRIAN-CAR ACCIDENTS OCCUR:
Generally speaking, pedestrians are assumed to have the right of way when crossing a street in a marked crosswalk, or at an intersection when the “Walk” signal is flashing or when a green light allows.
Merely being in a crosswalk at the moment the accident occurred is not the only factor in determining who is at fault. Other factors come into play, such as the traffic light sequence involved, signs that may or may not have been present, even the color of clothing you were wearing and the time of day or night that the accident occurred.
We thoroughly investigate the details of these accidents, and we know how to establish liability of the driver in these situations.
Walk down almost any suburban and definitely urban street in Los Angeles, and you’ll very likely see streets filled with cars, trucks, buses, cabs, and yes – pedestrians. The more congested and hectic the area is, the higher the chance for pedestrian-car accidents to occur. A walk down almost any street in Los Angeles or any urban area will show this.
While, as a general rule, pedestrians have the right-of-way for the same legal reasons above outlined in Crosswalks, the details are always going to make the difference. Whether your claim is successful or not, will depend upon the talent and ability of your Los Angeles pedestrian-car accident lawyer to investigate and develop crucial items of information and evidence.
These include determining exactly where the pedestrian was traveling to, and what point he or she came from; where the driver originated from and the direction the driver was traveling in, as well as the traffic light sequence and any historical accident data for that particular location or intersection.
These areas are notorious for pedestrian-car accidents, as well as regular Los Angeles car accidents. Why? Because people drive as if they’re no longer subject to the “rules of the road”: Many don’t slow, don’t stop, don’t signal their turns, and don’t yield to pedestrians.
Even though these accidents usually involve low-speed collisions, when a pedestrian is involved, it doesn’t take a lot to cause serious injury: A 10-mph impact can break someone’s back. What can make these accidents even more complicated, though, is that parking lots aren’t “public ways.”
That means that most of them are not subject to the traffic laws that govern public streets, roads, and highways. So when an accident like this occurs, who is liable? That is going to depend upon the particular facts involved, and will require a talented and experienced Los Angeles parking lot injury attorney to successfully obtain compensation for the injured person.
Whether you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian in a crosswalk, a street, or a parking lot, you will need an experienced and expert Los Angeles pedestrian-car accident lawyer to make sure that you receive the maximum amount of financial compensation possible.
In any of these circumstances, the driver of the car that hit you will be represented by an insurance company attorney – and if your attorney isn’t thoroughly experienced and a proven winner with these types of cases, you’re almost certainly going to get less money than you deserve.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’VE BEEN HIT AS A PEDESTRIAN BY A CAR IN LOS ANGELES?
If you are alone and conscious, you need to protect yourself and your belongings from any further injury.
Here are some steps you should take immediately after the accident:
-If the other driver or another person has not phoned for medical assistance and you have a cell phone, call the police immediately. Police will summon medical assistance and prepare a formal accident report. If you are conscious and can report the facts of what happened to police, do so.
-Immediate preservation of evidence is key. Even though you will most certainly be on the ground and even if you are bleeding, ask someone to take a picture of you or take a picture of yourself and your injuries with your own cellphone camera, if you can. This will constitute very valuable evidence in your attorney’s hands, later on.
-Obtain names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who a witness to the accident. This needs to be done in the first very few minutes following the accident. If you or the person assisting you waits too long, the witnesses will be gone.
-Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers and any insurance information with the driver who hit you. Do not wait on this.
-If you are conscious, note in your head important facts surrounding the accident such as the date, time, location, and weather conditions. If you have a poor memory and your cell phone has a voice recorder, speak the facts into the recorder.
-After you obtain the medical treatment you need, contact an experienced, expert-level Los Angeles pedestrian-car accident attorney.
If you’re contacted by a representative of any insurance company – do not say anything to them or their investigators until you have retained a qualified Los Angeles auto accident attorney.
Beware: Insurance companies can be very creative when it comes to securing information. Do not make any statements to them until you have retained an expert-level attorney.
Regardless of the specific circumstances involved, it is crucial that you retain a very talented, experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer, quickly, to begin the investigative and legal process necessary to hold the negligent party(ies), and their insurance companies, responsible for your injuries.