Pedestrian Accidents in Los AngelesUpdated on Saturday 11th February 2017
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Pedestrian accidents have a much higher frequency in large cities in California, like Los Angeles. In these high traffic areas, many people use cars or trucks to get around and pedestrian accidents can happen on sidewalks, intersections or even on pedestrian crosswalks. One of the most exposed categories of pedestrians includes young children and elderly people.
If you or a relative were involved in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, you are entitled as any other participant to traffic to seek compensation for your personal injuries and that is why it is necessary to contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.
Pedestrians involved in accidents
Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego are among the most populated cities in California and the incidence of pedestrian accidents is much higher there. Most accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians occur in urban areas, where people walk, jog or use skateboards or rollerblades to move through the city. Pedestrian accidents have one of the highest potentials for serious or fatal injuries.
Speeding is one of the most important contributing factors in pedestrian accidents in California. At a high speed, the vehicle owner is less likely to avoid an impact that can result in serious personal injuries to the pedestrians. An individual involved in such an accident can sustain very serious personal injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, coma or fractured bones. In these cases, a police report is usually drawn up and, although not mandatory for court proceedings, it can be extremely useful for the plaintiff to build a solid case against the defendant. An experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles will be able to obtain the highest amount of compensations possible, especially in a case in which the victim has suffered extensive injuries.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, most pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles occur while drunk driving and most of these drivers are between 21 and 34 years of age. Most victims are pedestrians under the age of 15, followed by those over the age of 65. Accidents involving bicyclists are also common. According to the same source, the collision is most likely to occur while speeding and most of these cases are a hit and run.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys invite you to watch an informative video about these types of accidents:
California pedestrian accident law
If you or someone in your family has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, it is important to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. He or she will be able to help you obtain the rightful compensations and will be able to deal with other issues like talking to the insurance company.
In California, the Vehicle Code stipulates that cars must yield to pedestrians walking in designated crossroads and in other areas. In almost all situations, pedestrians have the legal right to proceed before others in these particular places. When pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles take place in areas where pedestrians have priority, the vehicle driver can most likely be accused of negligence.
The California Vehicle Code also sets forth the obligations in a hit and run case: the defendant is punishable for not stopping and identifying himself at the scene of a pedestrian accident and can be charged with a felony. If there were no victims, the driver is still liable to identification, but in this case, he is only punishable with a misdemeanor charge. The penalties for serious injury or even death is punishable by 1, 2, 3 or 4 years in the state prison or county jail and a fine that can vary, according to the California Vehicle Code.
Our personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles will help you make a solid case and will help you obtain compensations for your medical needs that arise immediately after the accident and also for any other future medical treatments that come as a result of the accident. Our experienced lawyers are able to obtain the maximum amount of gross proceeds for you and your family.
Please contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys for detailed information.