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PEDESTRIAN  ACCIDENT

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, close to 7,500 pedestrians have lost their lives between 2009 and 2020. If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident that resulted in severe injuries or the death of a loved one, California law can help you recover your loss and damages.

Common Pedestrian Accidents and Injuries

There are countless ways for a pedestrian to be injured. Some of the more common accident situations for pedestrians in California include:
 

  • Crosswalk collisions

  • Accidents in a parking lot

  • Hit-and-run accidents

  • Alcohol and/or drug-related influence

  • Construction zones

 

Pedestrian accidents often result in traumatic injuries to the victim and leave them needing long-term medical care and financial assistance for years to come. The below injury examples are typical of these types of events:

 

  • Bone fractures

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Spine and neck injuries

  • Internal organ damage

  • Lacerations and burns

  • Spinal cord trauma

  • Skull fractures

  • Death

 

The personal injury attorneys at Brand Law Group have a deep understanding of how to represent the serious nature of your injuries and damages. A pedestrian accident attorney will ensure any award you receive is fair and they will always prioritize your well-being and future. If the insurance company refuses to give you a fair settlement, then your attorney will take your case to court for the best possible outcome. 

 

Negligence Laws in California

 

As an at-fault state, California requires the injured party to pursue financial compensation from the party responsible for causing the accident. Determining who is at fault can be complicated when dealing with any of the below:

 

  • City or state government

  • Business

  • At-fault drivers 

 

To successfully recover damages in a personal injury case, you need to prove that:

 

  • The liable party owed you a duty of care;

  • That they breached this duty negligently, and;

  • Their negligence caused you harm.

 

Since Los Angeles uses a pure comparative fault model for negligence claims, the insurance companies or at-fault party may try to deflect some of this liability on to you to reduce your compensation award.

 

A pure comparative approach to assigning negligence means that even if a cyclist hits you while riding down a sidewalk, they may try to claim you were drunk and could have avoided them, thus causing some of your own injuries. A judge may use this information and decide that you are 20% responsible and only award you 80% of what you deserve. This reality makes working with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer of critical importance to prevent negligent parties from minimizing your suffering.

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