According to the California Highway Patrol, this state experiences an average of two pedestrian fatalities and thirty three pedestrian injuries every single day. The city of Los Angeles and the surrounding area make up a large part of California’s pedestrian accidents. These innocent victims, who come in all ages and from all walks of life, suffer life altering injuries and occasionally risk death just by doing something as simple as crossing the street. A disproportionate amount of these victims are elderly people and children, the most vulnerable portions of our population.
The cause of these accidents almost always come down to one factor: driver negligence.
California state law protects pedestrians from these catastrophic incidents. If you, a family member or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, contact the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC immediately. Our expert team will fight for you to get you the care and compensation you deserve.
The Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
While pedestrians are not always blameless, the primary cause of the vast majority of pedestrian accidents is the negligence of the motorist. The driver has a responsibility to operate their vehicle in a safe manner that takes pedestrian safety into account. Common driver failures include:
- Operating their vehicle while under the influence.
- Texting while driving or driving with other distractions.
- Performing a turn without first looking for pedestrians.
- Running a traffic light or sign.
- Failing to yield right-of-way to pedestrians at a crosswalk.
While pedestrian accidents performed in or near a crosswalk are most common, driver responsibility does not end there. California Vehicle Code Chapter Five specifies that drivers must also exercise “due care” not to harm pedestrians who cross the street away from the crosswalk. This means that drivers often share some responsibility even in instances where the pedestrian holds some fault, and so compensation may still be due.
Injuries and Damages Caused by Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian victims often suffer severely life-altering damage during their accidents. Moving vehicles can cause a lot of damage even during a vehicle crash and a pedestrian lacks the protective barriers and safety measures found in a car. Injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal organ injury
- Bone fractures
- Amputation injury
These injuries can have a profound effect on the victim’s life, and the treatment of the injury can be profoundly expensive. Not only must the victim deal with staggering medical costs and the loss of wages, but also weather through severe personal costs to overcome the pain and suffering. Many may also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Insurance companies are designed specifically to reduce the amount of compensation that you might receive. It is absolutely crucial that victims obtain professional legal help to fight for your maximum restitution. The Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC have successfully litigated thousands of injury lawsuits and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact our offices today to discuss your pedestrian accident case. Our offices are open during regular business hours and can accommodate scheduled appointments in the evening or on weekends.