When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, they can suffer severe injuries. Their body is unprotected from the impact with the vehicle, and the subsequent impact when they are thrown to the ground. These accidents require dedicated and knowledgeable legal representation to make sure that the victims are compensated fairly. Los Angeles is a bustling city with a lot of cars and pedestrians, so it is important to have a great personal injury lawyer on your side.
Don’t underestimate how much a serious car accident can injure you. In many collisions between a pedestrian and motor vehicle, the individual outside the vehicle sustains critical or life-threatening injuries. The outcome of such an accident can have repercussions that continue to influence you for years to come with expensive medical bills, lost time at work, lengthy recovery periods in physical therapy, and emotional trauma. Many of our pedestrian accident victims have the grounds for a personal injury claim as a result of negligence on the part of the driver who hit them.
If you or someone you love was hit by a vehicle, call Oaks Law Firm today to schedule a consultation with our attorneys where we will review the facts of your accident and help you make important legal decisions about filing a California personal injury claim.
Types of Pedestrian Accidents and What Causes Them
There are many different situations that can cause a pedestrian accident. In many cases, the accident is caused by some form of negligence on behalf of a driver of a car, truck, bus, or other type of vehicle.
Here are some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles:
Distracted Driving: When a driver is talking on the phone, looking in another direction, looking towards the backseat, texting, or otherwise not paying attention, they place other drivers and pedestrians at risk. It takes only seconds of distraction to veer from the road and strike a pedestrian, injuring them and forever altering their life.
Driving Under the Influence: Drunk driving and driving under the influence are serious crimes that can seriously injure or kill a pedestrian.
Struck at a Crosswalk: When crossing the road, there are important traffic rules regarding yielding to a pedestrian and using caution. If you are on a crosswalk or otherwise have the right of way to cross the street and you are struck by a vehicle, it may be the result of negligence.
Bus / Pedestrian Accidents: Sometimes while entering or exiting the bus, or while waiting at a bus stop, a pedestrian can be seriously injured by the bus driver.
Struck on Sidewalk or Walkway: Any time a vehicle exits their lane of traffic and enters a sidewalk or walkway, this is a major indicator of negligence on their part.
Serious Injuries Require Experienced Lawyers
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the injuries can be devastating and deadly. To walk away with broken bones is usually considered quite lucky. Pedestrians who are struck by a vehicle often sustain serious internal injuries, suffer spine and neck injuries that can cause paralysis, and head injuries. Victims of head injuries may suffer permanent brain damage that can impair their motor skills, cognitive abilities, speech, and their personality for the remainder of their lives. Getting hit by a car is no joking matter and Oaks Law Firm is here to help with your personal injury claim in Los Angeles.
Constructing a case regarding a pedestrian accident can involve significant evidence collection and accident evaluation. This might include reconstructing the scene of the accident, talking to witnesses, and reviewing your medical files to determine both the short term and long term impacts of your injuries. If you have been critically injured, it is essential that you hire a legal team with knowledge and experience involving pedestrian accident cases here in Los Angeles. Your future is too important to be left to chance, which is why the attorneys at Oaks Law Firm will inform you about your case from the outset.
It goes without saying that when you or someone you love suffers an injury from this type of accident, you need to make sure that your settlement or jury award in your claim compensates you fully for your existing and future medical expenses, as well as for the impact that the accident will have on the rest of your life. You need an experienced personal injury attorney who will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of your claim. Call Oaks Law Firm today to speak to one of our knowledgeable attorneys about filing a claim to compensate for your pain and suffering.
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