Every year there are approximately 60,000 pedestrian accident fatalities in the Untied States and more than 110,000 pedestrian injuries. Many of these fatalities and injuries are caused by negligent and dangerous drivers.
In the United States driving is a privilege, not a right. Drivers must obey the law and use caution while operating their vehicle, which includes observing pedestrians. As a pedestrian, your rights are the most protected under the motor vehicle laws.
You may have heard the famous phrase “pedestrians always have the right of way.” Well, it is almost always true, with few exceptions.
Drivers share public space and roadways with pedestrians, so they must be conscious of right-of-way at crosswalks, stoplights, or even stop signs. Pedestrians are most at risk and don’t have much of a chance when facing a car.
An extreme example was when Suzanne Gilchrist, a driver from Falkirk, Scotland, was involved in a pedestrian accident, in which she hit a pedestrian and carried him for almost a mile.
Injures sustained in a pedestrian accident may be very serious and might include permanent physical injures. Some injuries that may result are brain injuries, bone fractures, coma and paralysis.
Following a pedestrian accident you should immediately contact medical personnel and a Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer.
When drivers injure pedestrians, they should have to compensate the victim for all pedestrian accident-related costs. Medical costs relating to a pedestrian accident can be very expensive, and include hospital bills, loss of wages, and visits to medical specialists.
Our Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers see many cases that involve a failure to yield and observe the pedestrians in an intersection. A majority of pedestrian accidents are quickly resolved in the pedestrian’s favor because most of the burden is placed on the car driver to be vigilant and safe.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a auto-pedestrian accident you should consult an experienced attorney to see if you have grounds for an injury claim.
Feel free to contact our Los Angeles Law Firm via email at Info@ArashLaw.com or call us at 800-890-7375. One of our lawyers will be happy to assist you with your personal injury case. Note, the law only allows a certain amount of time for you to file a vehicle incident lawsuit.