What? What is a pedestrian? A pedestrian walks along the road or another developed commercial or residential area minding their own business. A pedestrian accident occurs when someone on foot slips, trips, or falls on a gap or ridge on a misleveled sidewalk or gets hit by a motorized vehicle, flying or falling object, and it was due hardly their fault.
Typically, pedestrian accidents take place along the roadways, and negligent motor vehicle operators cause most. Below we will discuss car accident pedestrian mishaps. We will also cover the various types of injuries and damages and how you can get paid for your troubles.
Yes. Did you know that over 65% of all deadly and horrific traffic accidents involving people walking on foot occur on only 6% of Los Angeles City streets? (Source.) But you can help avoid these issues by learning about danger zones and how to avoid them. But if not, you will need an excellent lawyer with a strong constitution if you want to win big money. Did you know that school kids under 18 years old make up at least 17% of all deadly pedestrian and bicycle collisions in the City of Los Angeles?
Knowing when to stay off the streets is a great way to avoid getting run over by a car. In fact, the risk of a pedestrian death increases immensely on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
When you live in a city as busy and populated as Los Angeles, you have to be just as careful walking on a sidewalk as when you are driving a car. The biggest problem with pedestrian accidents remains the potential life-threatening outcomes. After all, people on foot have no protective shield around them.
And this is always the case when you’re in a car. Furthermore, the driver’s speed and uncontrolled behavior can further damage a person for life — any injuries caused by motorized vehicle drivers due to their negligence or irresponsible behavior
Like other large cosmopolitan cities and towns, many Los Angeles road accidents occur at busy intersections. And according to studies mentioned in the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere, some crossings remain far more dangerous to people on foot than others. Virtually every L.A. traffic accident occurs at less than 1% of the city’s total intersections.
The most treacherous intersections are in the downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood areas. And this is not surprising, as these are highly populated areas with confusing streets to navigate even in the best conditions.
Naturally, a collision involving a car versus a pedestrian means risks of severe injury and death to the person on foot. 1 in 10 involved pedestrian accidents from 2002 and 2013 totaled over 35% of roadway deaths on L.A.’s narrow, long-drawn-out streets and close to freeway onramps.
Ehline Law Firm helps victims of fatalities and injuries when another person’s negligence intervenes to cause you or a family member this type of malaise. And in extreme cases, people like you retain Ehline Law Firm to seek a wrongful death claim against the wrongdoers.
Rest assured, as you and the family go through the funeral and begin to heal from the grief and trauma, that we will be fighting to get you fair compensation for your pain, suffering, loss of decedent’s affection, comfort, society, and earnings.
We at Ehline Law Firm realize you have no idea where to begin your crusade for justice. But our injury warriors at ELFPI know how to get you fair compensation and hold the negligent ones accountable to prevent future bad behavior like this to others.
With years of experience and millions of dollars recovered for our customers in civil cases, our pedestrian claims expertise is exceptional. For example, we know that pedestrian accidents are more common in living areas where many houses and people are nearby. Local drivers are also not as cautious as they are on highways, and this unexpected behavior can cause life-threatening accidents.
Because of this, we have received specialized training to help you when you get hurt in the densely packed areas of L.A. City and County. We are trained to give you a listening ear and to instill confidence that you hired the best personal injury lawyer near you. Our proven track record with over $100 Million recovered in personal injury case results speaks for itself. And our thousands of victorious client reviews, coupled with peer awards and considerations such as multiple Super Lawyers Rising Star Awards, stands as an example of competence and expertise.
When you call us, we give you all our attention and listen carefully to everything you have to say. Since everything you tell us is confidential, you don’t have to lie or beat around the bush. We want to know everything. That way, we can formulate a winning personal injury damages recovery plan. If we decide to enter into a retainer agreement, it will only be after a thorough and free case review.
- Vehicle repairs and diminished value compensation for exotic vehicles.
- Pain, suffering, mental stress, lost love, and affection.
- Lost money on contracts you could not perform.
- Past, present, and future medical bills.
- Rental car reimbursement payments.
- Past, present, and future dental bills.
- Lost wages and salary.
- Job retraining, and more.
This is a sampling of the most common types of damages we can recover for a severely injured crosswalk accident victim, for example. But don’t forget, people on foot get hit in the head by big rig truck retreads flying loose along the roadways and by other projectiles. And again, with no head protection, a closed head wound, sucking chest wound and other malaise affect people on foot far more than those inside the protective cocoon of a passenger car, as an example.
Walking too fast in any populated city turns out to be one of the common reasons for Los Angeles pedestrian accidents. Caution signs and the California Vehicle Code mandate drivers to proceed slowly near school zones, residential streets, crosswalk arteries, and parks.
But many drivers continue to drive speedily when they are either too passionate about moving fast or are too busy on their cell phones. Because of this inattentive, selfish behavior, many drivers fail to notice the speed limit signs or don’t pay attention to their rate of speed at all.
At the end of the day, children, senior citizens, moms pushing baby strollers, and others get run over, seriously injured, or killed in large numbers.
This happens to old and experienced drivers as well as new ones in pretty much any nearby town. For many reasons, they can ignore their surroundings, thus not knowing that there is a school nearby or other places where there could be many people and children. Drivers can ignore surroundings out of frustration, too, i.e., they wouldn’t slow down even after seeing that an older person crossing the road because they know he’ll go real slow and “take forever.”
So the perplexed driver speeds up and nearly misses the old codger in the crosswalk, to avoid being late for a funeral or pressing matter, for example. After all, driving in L.A. means that every second count. Most of all, this is because one fender bender or construction zone can mean three hours stuck in traffic instead of 5 minutes to arrive at your destination.
Most of us realize that New Years Day is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive. But not too many people realize just how critical it is to walk this time of the year. There are more pedestrian deaths that take place each year on New Years than even Halloween.
Knowing when to stay off the streets is a great way to avoid getting run over by a car. Also, the risk of pedestrian death increases immensely on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Of particular interest, almost half, 49% of these fatalities happened on these days. And most of these deaths involved driving while intoxicated. Plus, a whopping one-third of people killed while on foot died from a DUI related case.
The 2008 Statistics Show That:
- 38% of pedestrian deaths of people below 16 years old took place between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Source.)
- Sixty-nine thousand pedestrians have suffered injuries in car crashes, and 4,378 were killed back in 2008 alone.
- Every 8 minutes, one pedestrian was injured.
- One person was killed every 2 hours.
By far, the most common injuries we help with when someone is run over by a car in L.A. are as follows:
- Brain injuries.
- Skull fractures.
- Broken arms.
- Broken ankles.
- Busted kneecaps.
- Broken elbows.
- Dislocated shoulders.
- Broken clavicle.
- Road rash and friction burns.
- Spinal cord fractures and bulges.
- Soft tissue injuries with radiating pain.
- Coma leading to death.
- Instantaneous wrongful death.
- Permanent brain damage.
- Permanent paralysis like tetraplegia or quadriplegia.
- Puncture wounds, lacerations, and deep penetrating sores.
Many other types of injuries are suffered by someone not protected by the metal cages afforded enclosed automobiles. Because of this, walking in the crowded streets of L.A. is always something to deal with cautiously. And parents must be doubly cautious when allowing kids to walk on sidewalks or pathways near vehicle traffic. Although Ehline can get you money when someone runs you over, these tips will hopefully prevent our meeting in such an unfortunate way. We are compassionate citizens above all else.
We cannot bring back the time. But at Ehline Law Firm, we are ever-ready to deal with any pedestrian accidents even if comparative and pure comparative negligence laws apply. Oi Vey, you will need money. Also, we are here to ensure that you get full compensation for every type. Whatever your loss from the accident, we stand ready to make it right. Contact us today. Let our most experienced attorneys solve matters out for you. To get hold of a compassionate attorney with a listening ear and a proven track record of success, call (213) 596-9642.