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Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Pedestrian accidents involve collisions between motor vehicles and individuals walking, running, or standing in places like a parking lot or driveway, often causing serious injuries or fatalities. 

If injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, it’s best to seek legal advice promptly. Adamson Ahdoot’s experienced pedestrian accident attorneys can help you understand your rights and pursue legal action within the statute of limitations.

What are the Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents? 

Pedestrian accidents happen for several reasons, but are most commonly attributed to:

  • Reckless drivers
  • Distracted drivers
  • Impaired drivers
  • Speeding drivers
  • Inclement weather that causes poor visibility
  • Poorly maintained streets or sidewalks
  • Lack of street signage
  • Poorly maintained landscaping
  • A faulty or broken crosswalk light
  • Poorly lit roads
  • Negligent pedestrian actions, such as jaywalking or crossing the street without looking

If you are a pedestrian injured in an accident where the driver of the vehicle fled the scene, it may still be possible for you to seek compensation for injury damages. 

Our Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys have experience handling cases involving hit-and-run drivers and can quickly determine if it’s possible to collect compensation from your insurance. 

Schedule a free case review with our team to help you take the next step to recover the compensation you deserve.

What Types of Injuries Can Be Sustained in a Pedestrian Accident?

Pedestrians have nothing to protect them from an impact with a car or object, which makes them susceptible to serious injury when hit. Serious injuries have serious consequences. 

Many pedestrians injured in an accident with a vehicle face weeks and even years of recovery. Oftentimes, victims suffer physically, financially, and emotionally.

The different types of injuries that can be sustained in a pedestrian accident include:

When Should You File A Pedestrian Accident Claim?

Pedestrian accident victims have two or three years to file a legal claim. California law states that personal injury claims, including those for pedestrian accidents, should be filed within two years of the incident. The deadline applies to accidents that caused injuries and pedestrian fatalities.

Exceptions to the aforementioned rule include:

  • Property damage – Pedestrian accident lawsuits to compensate for property damage must be filed within three years of the incident.
  • Incidents involving children – In these cases, a claim can only be filed once the victim turns 18 years old, and it must be done within the standard two-year period.
  • Governmental negligence – If you sue a government employee or agency for a pedestrian accident, you have six months to inform the state or specific department about your claim.

Following the statute of limitations for pedestrian accident cases is imperative, as overdue legal action takes away your right to sue the negligent party. Furthermore, it affects out-of-court negotiations between you and the at-fault driver or their insurance provider.

How Is Fault Proven In A Pedestrian Accident?

When seeking maximum compensation for a pedestrian accident, you must show substantial proof of the driver’s negligence.

The evidence you’ve gathered should emphasize the defendant’s duty to you, justify that it wasn’t upheld, and prove that the breached duty caused the accident and your injuries. 

Police reports, witness statements, security camera footage, medical expenses, and other relevant evidence can strengthen a claim.

How Can Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Help You Win Your Case?

The period following a pedestrian accident is extremely crucial for victims. Immediately after the incident, you must file a police report and get the proper care for your injuries. 

Keep copies of the incident report, your exam results, doctor’s notes on your diagnosis and treatment plan, and other documents important to a potential pedestrian accident case.

Once you decide to take legal action, consult a pedestrian accident lawyer at Adamson Ahdoot. Our attorneys work out the details of your claim and help you build a strong case to recover any of the following damages:

  • Hospital bills and the costs of immediate and ongoing medical care
  • Medicine and medical devices
  • Surgery and rehabilitation or physical therapy
  • Lost wages or income
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Disability
  • Physical pain
  • Mental trauma or anguish

Most of the time, negligent parties in pedestrian accidents are asked to compensate victims for the above-mentioned damages. 

Our team guides you through a complicated legal process, building and bolstering your claim to maximize compensation.

Does Insurance Matter When Suing For Pedestrian Accidents?

Insurance matters significantly in a pedestrian accident lawsuit. Your coverage depends on your policy type, so review it and contact your agent before seeking legal help. Auto insurance often covers medical bills and property damage but may not include emotional trauma or further medical care. 

Additionally, uninsured or underinsured defendants can complicate compensation, but Uninsured Motorist Coverage can help. Workers’ compensation may also provide coverage for on-the-job pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrian Accidents in Los Angeles By The Numbers

According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), California has one of the highest pedestrian accident rates in the country. In 2019, almost a thousand people were tragically killed in pedestrian accidents, and thousands more were seriously injured while walking, running, or skateboarding throughout the state.

Despite recent efforts to make streets safer for pedestrians, Los Angeles remains one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians in the state. Hit-and-run accidents are a huge problem for the city’s residents, with almost 60% of them involving pedestrians.

To show how prevalent pedestrian accidents are in Los Angeles, the L.A. Times recently investigated almost every incident that occurred within a 12-year period. Its study revealed:

  • The most dangerous intersections in the city are Slauson Ave. and Western Ave. Within 12 years, more than 40 pedestrian accidents have occurred in this intersection.
  • Over 38 pedestrian accidents occurred at Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave., making it the second most dangerous intersection in L.A.
  • The third most dangerous intersection in Los Angeles is MLK Jr. Blvd. and Crenshaw Blvd. Within the study period (12 years), 34 pedestrians were struck by vehicles at this intersection.
  • Statistics show that roughly every single day in Los Angeles County, 13 pedestrian accidents happen. Many of these accidents inflict serious injury or, worse, death.

Get Answers to Your Pressing Pedestrian Accident Questions

At Adamson Ahdoot LLP, our pedestrian accident lawyers understand how difficult losing a loved one or suffering an injury in a pedestrian accident is. We’re here to help you with your pedestrian accident case.

Call us at (800) 310-1606 for a free consultation in English or Spanish or chat live with our legal team. 

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