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At Blair & Ramirez LLP, our attorneys know that the key to success is personal attention. We only take on a select number of cases at a time, which allows our attorneys to focus on each and every case. We do not settle for the lowball offer, and are willing to go to trial if necessary.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a pedestrian-vehicle accident here in Los Angeles, do not settle for anything less than maximum compensation for your medical costs and suffering. Blair & Ramirez LLP has recovered millions in compensation for our clients.
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Blair & Ramirez LLP offers a free consultation. If you or a loved one has sustained a personal injury as the result of a pedestrian accident, call our experienced team at (213) 568-4000 and we will review your case with you.
Pedestrian accidents: what you need to know.
According to data collected by the University of Southern California, more than 14,230 Los Angeles pedestrians were injured and 439 were killed in collisions with vehicles in the four years between 2012 and 2016. Many of these victims were school-age children: collisions are the leading cause of death for children ages 5-14 in the county.
These numbers are enough to make Los Angeles one of the nation’s most dangerous and deadly cities for pedestrians. In spite of recent city-wide initiatives to bring the number of pedestrian-vehicle collisions down, the truth is that Southern California’s pedestrians face risks every single day.
Where do pedestrian accidents occur?
Most pedestrian-vehicle accidents happen in intersections. A pedestrian begins crossing the road in a crosswalk when a vehicle collides with them. This often occurs when the vehicle is making either a left or right-hand turn: the driver, busy watching the flow of traffic, fails to see the pedestrian moving in the crosswalk. Right-on-red turns—legal here in California so long as the vehicle comes to a stop and looks for pedestrians—carry special risk for pedestrians since they are often accompanied by a crosswalk signal across the road the car is turning onto.
Pedestrians are often hit in marked crosswalks across roads and avenues. Even at crossings that have flashing warning lights indicating that drivers must slow and yield, pedestrians can be hit by speeding or careless drivers—especially at night or in low-visibility conditions. As with all accidents, driver impairment or distraction can also lead to vehicle-pedestrian collisions.
What happens when a pedestrian is hit?
In the event of a collision, pedestrians have no protection. This makes any accident, at any speed, a potential life-or-death situation. Many pedestrians involved in accidents suffer broken bones or spine injuries from the sheer force of impact. Unlike motorcyclists or bicyclists who may be wearing helmets at the time of an accident, pedestrians who are sent flying from an impact have little-to-nothing to protect their head. The result can be debilitating brain injuries that result in long-term or lifelong disability.
Even if the pedestrian is able to get up and walk away from the scene, their pain and injuries may manifest after the adrenaline wears off.
What is the financial toll?
A pedestrian involved in a collision with a vehicle faces several challenges. Those injured now confront medical bills and the potential lost income associated with being not able to work; if the accident results in a long-term disability, the impact of the accident may be felt for decades after. The families of pedestrians killed in auto collisions are saddled with medical bills and funeral costs for their loved one.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, call Blair & Ramirez LLP at (213) 568-4000. As your Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney, we help the victims of pedestrian accidents recover maximum compensation for their medical bills and other accident-associated costs.
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What To Do If You Are Hit By A Vehicle
If you are able to do so, immediately call 9-1-1, or indicate to either the driver or others that they need to do so. There are very few situations where being struck by a vehicle does not result in serious injuries. Even if you feel you are able to get up and walk away from the scene, it is important that you have on-site medical personnel examine you. Ask the police to create an accident report for the collision.
Once on-scene EMTs have given you the go-ahead, talk to the driver of the vehicle to get their information, including their name, phone number, insurance information, and license plate number. Then, use your phone to take pictures of the scene, including the location of the collision, any damage to the vehicle, and any injuries you have sustained.
Call Us Before You Talk To Insurers
It is important to remember that the driver’s insurance company and their adjusters are not working in your interest—no matter how concerned they sound over the phone. Their goal is to limit what you are compensated. To do so, they will investigate the accident looking for factors that may limit the responsibility of their driver for the collision. When they talk to you, this is what they are also looking to find. Our recommendation is that you call our team here at Blair & Ramirez LLP for a free consultation. As an experienced pedestrian accidents lawyer in Los Angeles, our attorneys can deal with the driver’s insurance company and work to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.
Call Blair & Ramirez LLP before you talk to any insurance representatives. We can advise you on what to tell insurance adjusters and conduct our own investigation on the accident and what happened. California’s Comparative Negligence Law means that your compensation for your injuries could be limited by an adjuster finding you partially at fault for the accident.
Get the compensation you deserve.
Vehicle-pedestrian accidents are one of the most common forms of personal injury in the United States. Unfortunately, many victims and their families do not get maximum compensation for their injuries or even the death of a loved one. Blair & Ramirez LLP will advocate for you and work to get you maximum compensation.