Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Downey and throughout Los Angeles County. There are a number of factors responsible for this:
- The population in the area has increased considerably, meaning there are more cars and walkers.
- More people are living close to work and walking.
- Drivers are more distracted by things like eating or texting that consume their attention behind the wheel.
No matter what the reason for your pedestrian collisions and injuries, you want an experienced Downey pedestrian accident attorney evaluating your rights.
Pedestrians Have the Right-of-Way
As a pedestrian, you have the right-of-way in the crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked. Drivers must yield to a pedestrian trying to enter a crosswalk, and they can face stiff legal penalties if they do not. At the same time, pedestrians must cross at an intersection or crosswalk.
While not every pedestrian accident is the result of driver negligence, the law is on your side when the driver caused the incident. First, you would need to show that the driver did not exercise reasonable care in your accident. When they hit you at a crosswalk, this is a much easier case. However, you may still have a case no matter where the driver struck you. We will present your side of the story along with why the driver is the one responsible for the accident. Usually, the driver is mostly or completely for a pedestrian accident.
What You Can Receive in a Pedestrian Accident Claim
When you or a loved one have been struck by a car, the injuries will likely be considerable. Even one who survives a pedestrian accident is facing a lengthy rehabilitation if they can fully recover at all. This is why it is critical to get full compensation for the accident. You are entitled to the following in a pedestrian accident lawsuit:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and reduction in earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages
If you settle your case, the value would depend on how much it has impacted your life. The less of a daily routine that you can carry on, the more you could receive. It is essential to fight for all that you are due, especially since the effects of the accident could remain with you for years. You only get one chance to recover compensation for your injuries.
Usually, pedestrian accidents will involve a claim against the driver’s insurance policy, but there is no guarantee that they will offer the full value in settlement. The driver may also have minimal insurance coverage, so you could be facing underinsured motorist insurance issues. We could take your case to court in a lawsuit and will vigorously represent you. We will also help you navigate the post-accident legal maze, explaining your legal options to you in a relatable and understandable manner.
Contact a Downey Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, time is of the essence in filing your claim. Call a Downey personal injury attorney at The JLF Firm at (888) 341-3071 or message us online to schedule your free initial consultation.
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