Rebuilding Your Life After a California Pedestrian Accident
Each and every day, Californians going about their everyday lives end up the victims of tragic pedestrian accidents caused by the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one is the victim of a pedestrian accident caused by the some other party’s negligence, you need to take a proactive stance to protect fully your vital legal rights and interests.
Alarming Rate of California Pedestrian Accidents
In California, there were an estimated 352 pedestrian deaths between January 2017 and June 2017, the most recent time period in which a comprehensive set of data is available. That’s a rate of 0.89 per 100,000 people. California has the 15th highest pedestrian accident rate in the United State.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the nation occurred in the State of California last year. There were a total 867 deaths in the Golden State. Pedestrians now account for a larger proportion of traffic fatalities than they have in the past 33 years.
An experienced Eldessouky Law pedestrian accident attorney understands the unique challenges faced by a victim of this type of accident. We fight for justice in cases in which people are injured in pedestrian accidents as well as those who have lost a family member in this type tragic incident.
Most Common Types of California Pedestrian Accidents
The most common pedestrian accidents are those causes by an inattentive driver. These include drivers that were texting, talking on a mobile device, drinking, eating, or tuning an entertainment system at the time of a pedestrian accident. Other frequently occurring causes of pedestrian accident include drivers under the influence, speeding, or operating a vehicle in some other type of negligent or reckless manner.
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents in California include:
- Cars or trucks making illegal U-turns
- Drivers disregarding traffic or weather conditions
- Distracted driving, including texting and electronic device use
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Exiting and entering parking lots or structures without acknowledging their surroundings
- Failing to obey traffic lights and signage
- Failing to signal while turning
- Failing to yield to crosswalks
- Reckless driving
- Vehicles traveling in reverse without checking their surroundings
Steps to Take Following a Pedestrian Accident
There are specific steps that you need to take if you become the victim of a pedestrian accident, if at all possible. These include:
- Call the police to ensure the driver who hit you does not leave the scene of the accident. Request a police report, and do not leave the scene without a finalized version.
- Record the driver’s information, including their driver’s license, registration, and insurance details.
- Take pictures and maintain evidence from the scene, including the clothing you were wearing at the time of the accident. Do not throw anything away that was damaged during the accident.
- Collect statements from witnesses who were at the scene and note their contact information for any follow-up questions.
- Seek medical care immediately after leaving the scene. Never assume that you are okay, or that your injuries do not warrant medical care. Pedestrian accidents can cause internal bleeding or head, neck, and back injuries that may not surface immediately, but can cause serious physical problems going forward.
Pedestrian Rights and Traffic Laws
Pedestrian traffic laws in California can be complicated and this is why we recommend you get immediate assistance from a skilled, experienced, tenacious Eldessouky Law pedestrian accident attorney who has dealt with many accident cases before. You should never agree to make a statement to or ask questions from an insurance company following a personal injury accident of any type until you consult with legal counsel.
Compensation in a Pedestrian Accident Injury Case
Compensation in a pedestrian accident case can be quite like what is awarded in other types of personal injury cases. Examples of injuries, damages, and losses for which compensation is sought include:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Occupation and physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
Aftermath of a Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident
A pedestrian being hit by a vehicle is a personal injury claim. Just as all other personal injury claims, if the owner of a vehicle is to be found at fault, then they will be liable for medical bills and other forms of compensation. Having said that, getting the drivers information will be critical to holding that particular person responsible, without it would be very difficult to track him down. With all of this noted, just because vehicle does not stop after the incident does not mean a victim of a hit and run cannot be taken care of and be awarded money.
Protect Your Rights with an Experienced Eldessouky Law Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The first step in protecting your vital legal rights following a pedestrian accident is to call Eldessouky Law at (714) 409-8991. The experienced legal team at Eldessouky Law will put you in the best possible positioned to obtain the most favorable financial award. B
Beyond knowing the law, the legal team at our firm fully understands that no two accidents are the same. How a collision may occur between a vehicle and a pedestrian involves many factors and requires a close analysis in each case. Our pedestrian accident attorney team firm we will analyze the facts and circumstances of your case, including by engaging the assistance of respected experts.
We can schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation any time that is convenient for you. We can arrange an appointment at our office or any other location that is convenient for you. Again, you can connect with Eldessouky Law at (714) 409-8991 now or any other time that works for you. There is never a charge for an initial consultation and case evaluation with a Eldessouky Law pedestrian accident lawyer.
Eldessouky Law uses what is known as a contingency fee agreement. With this type of agreement, our firm never charges an attorney fee unless we win your case for you.