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Auto vs. Pedestrian Accidents in Los Angeles are Far too Common
Being hit by a car in Los Angeles is something you’d never plan for. It’s not like any of us leave home expecting to be involved in an accident on our way to work, school, or the corner market. But with over 50,000 car crashes within LA city limits alone last year, Los Angeles is one of the most dangerous municipalities for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists in the entire nation. In fact, your odds of being injured in a car crash in Los Angeles are about 1 in 75.
Sadly, our city is getting even more dangerous in spite of the massive public safety investments and outreach campaigns LA has initiated. LA remains one of California's top cities for pedestrian accidents.
Let Us Handle Your Claim So You Can Focus on Your Life!
Sally Morin and her Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys aren’t like other personal injury lawyers. When they commit to a client they do so wholeheartedly. They handle the entire legal process from the moment they accept your case so all you have to do is concentrate on your physical recovery. No dealing with the paperwork, the investigators, the insurance companies, the bill collectors—Sally and her team handle everything.
How can they provide this concentrated level of dedicated, personal service to each client?
Sally and her team choose to work with hardworking individuals who have suffered serious injuries only. They work with people in need of a helping hand to get their lives back on track quickly, not those looking for some sort of payday from their accident. It’s those people who refuse to let their accident get them down and those who maintain a positive attitude throughout the process that inspire Sally and her team to work their hardest.
You’ve Been Hit by a Distracted Driver in LA. Now What?
Don’t settle for what the at-fault party or their insurance company offers you right away. In fact, it’s best if you don’t even speak with insurance adjusters without talking to a qualified Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer first. California insurance companies and their adjusters are NOT on your side. Anything you say to them can be used to minimize your financial recovery. They will try to convince you that dealing with them now is in your best interest, but it’s not. They will record everything you say and enter it into their colossal database for any and all insurance carriers to use against you in this and any future accident claim you make. The safest bet - Tell them to speak with your lawyer instead.
But you can’t take forever to choose the right Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer to represent you. You have to act fast. Evidence gets stale, witnesses disappear and memories wane. The longer you wait the greater the risk of losing the leverage to get the compensation you deserve.
Unfortunately, hiring an attorney is a decision you have to make while you are still recovering from your injuries, worrying about how you’re going to get back to work, struggling with finances, and dealing with the flood of phone calls and mountain of paperwork. However, once you hire a lawyer, they should take much of this stress off of you.
Don’t make the decision on which LA pedestrian accident lawyer to hire lightly though. Choosing the right lawyer for your case can make the difference between getting everything you need to get back on your feet quickly with minimal stress OR being left out in the cold by an uncaring or overworked attorney out for their own glory or just trying to make a buck.
If you have suffered serious injuries like:
- broken bones
- traumatic brain injury
- or injuries requiring surgery
As a result of a pedestrian accident...
Then speaking with an LA pedestrian attorney at Sally Morin Law is the first step on the road to recovery.
Los Angeles is the “Most Unsafe” County for Pedestrians
According to recent pedestrian accident statistics, Los Angeles is the “most unsafe” county in the US, let alone California, for people on foot. It’s not surprising. Los Angeles has some of the worst traffic conditions in the country (crowded roadways, outdated infrastructure, and limited pedestrian access). Combine that with a population that eclipses that of New York City (over 10 million people) and you’re bound to have problems.
Every year about 30 people are killed in Los Angeles pedestrian accidents and another 80 people suffer serious life-changing injuries from these accidents.
Recent data collected by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration shows that in 2014 there were 207 fatal pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles County. While nationwide statistics show pedestrian fatalities account for just 14% of all deadly crashes, those 207 fatal crashes make up 41% Los Angeles’ total.
And non-fatal pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles are out of hand as well. Stretch the scope of that research back in time and pedestrian accidents represent 10% of all traffic crashes in Los Angeles between 2002 and 2013 (roughly 58,000 reported collisions).
In short, pedestrians put themselves at tremendous risk every day in Los Angeles.
But the problem isn’t widespread. In fact, 25% of all the fatal accidents in LA occur in just 1% of the intersections. That means that super-dangerous roadways like South Alvarado Street and Hollywood, Sunset, and Santa Monica Boulevards are host to a vast majority of the serious pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles. 343 pedestrians were struck by cars in less than 1 square mile of city streets in Westlake near MacArthur Park between 2002 and 2013.
Contact an Expert Pedestrian Accident Attorney ASAP!
If you’ve been hit by a car in Los Angeles you need an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney on your side. While the at fault party’s insurance company will often pay without hesitation in California, your injuries could be worth much more than they offer you. Worse yet, those settlements may not include all of your expenses like lost wages, therapy (both physical and emotional), the cost of you having to hire someone to help you around the house or even just the value of you not being able to do those things – that’s compensable! or obvious things like insurance co-pay’s and prescription costs. California law entitles you to compensation for a lot more than you probably know.
Having an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney on your side gives you the leverage you need to get a just settlement or financial award that befits the injuries and damages you’ve suffered.
Let's Get the Settlement You Deserve!
Why risk sabotaging your LA pedestrian accident claim by trying to handle it alone?
Get your no cost, risk-free case evaluation. And get peace of mind.
If at any time within the first 30 days of signing with Sally Morin Law you are not 100% satisfied with the quality and care of service you receive from our attorneys, we will cancel your contract at no cost so that you can seek different representation. No questions asked.
Not ready to make a decision about your Los Angeles pedestrian accident representation yet?
If you've been hit by a car in LA and don't know what to do, here's our list of the first things you should do to take care of yourself AND your pedestrian accident case.
The Top 8 Things You Need to Do if You Are a Pedestrian Hit by a Car in Los Angeles
Regardless of whether or not you hire a LA pedestrian accident lawyer, you really should:
#1. Call 911 to get the LAPD on the scene of the accident.
They can help you gather the important information you need to build a solid case. BUT, don’t rely solely on the cops for this.
#2. Collect all important information (or evidence).
The police will be busy directing traffic, speaking to witnesses and gathering contact information. If you can, take photos of the scene, the driver and their car – with a close-up of their license plate. Get a pic of their insurance and registration too.
#3. Do NOT post about your pedestrian accident on social media.
No matter how tempting this might be. These posts can get into the wrong hands and be “twisted” to minimize your injuries and the amount of money you can recover for your accident.
#4. Get medical care!
This is really obvious if you are seriously injured, as an ambulance will show up and transport you to the hospital. However, if your injuries are less obvious, you should be sure to get checked out immediately to document your injuries.
After you have left the scene of the accident make sure you:
#5. Open a claim with the motorist’s insurance carrier,
but do NOT give them your Social Security Number. Also, don’t let them record the conversation.
How Car Insurance Works After You’ve Been in an Auto vs. Pedestrian Accident
The most direct way to get compensation for your LA pedestrian accident is to file a claim against the at fault party’s insurance. While these companies will try to pay you as little as possible, you can fight back and, if necessary, even take your case to court. If a California driver is uninsured or under-insured, things may get a little more complicated. You may have to rely on your own auto or homeowner’s insurance – if you carry such policies.
All auto insurance companies in California offer uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage with every auto policy, and unless you specifically decline them, you’re covered.
In such cases, your insurance company acts in the stead of the at fault driver’s own. If the other driver has no insurance at all, your California-issed policy should cover the cost of all your injuries – up to the limits of your coverage. If the driver’s policy doesn’t offer enough coverage to pay for your medical expenses, your policy could “make up the difference” if you carry more insurance than they do.
#6. Again, stay off social media
with regard to your accident or your injuries. We can’t emphasize this enough. It’s such an easy way for the other side to minimize your claim.
#7. Find out if you have a viable LA pedestrian accident claim.
You can do that here now for FREE by completing our online case evaluation form, or just call the pedestrian accident team at Sally Morin Law at (323) 283-8211. You can also Google or Yelp to find the best Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer and have a consultation with them. We've been helping injured pedestrians in California for over 20 years.
#8. Hire a great Los Angeles pedestrian accident law firm
To minimize your stress and maximize the amount of money you receive for your injuries and the pain and suffering you were forced to endure at the hands of a distracted driver.
Risk Factors for Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents
The top contributing factors to avoidable pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles include:
- Driver’s Failure to Yield
- Cars Making Improper turns
- Failure to Obey Stop and Crosswalk Signs/Signals
- Alcohol consumption
- Distracted Driving
Types of Injuries Pedestrian Accident Victims Suffer Most Often
In Los Angeles, speed is one of the top contributing factors to car vs. pedestrian accidents. Speed also magnifies the impact of a vehicle and can multiply the force applied to your body in the event of a auto vs. pedestrian crash. That means that your injuries will likely be more grievous—possibly life-threatening.
Indeed, the types of injuries doctors most often see in pedestrian accident victims after being hit by a car in Los Angeles include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Broken Bones or “Fractures” (most commonly in the arms, legs, and skull)
- Soft-Tissue Injuries (including whiplash)
- Disfigurement (caused by broken glass and other flying debris)
Even the mildest of these types of injuries can have long-lasting after effects, require months or even years of recovery, and can leave injured individuals struggling to put their life back together forever. But, if you’ve been hit by a car in Los Angeles, you don’t have to struggle alone.
Are the Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Sally Morin the Right Fit for You?
You may wonder if we’re the best pedestrian accident attorneys for you. Let’s find out. Well, we can assure you that we’re different. You won’t see our ads on the sides of buses, on billboards or flooding your television screen while you’re watching the news. That’s because we don’t believe in inflating our own egos or trying to hook you with false promises. Instead, we dedicate ourselves and our resources to giving the best possible service to our clients. “Quality over quantity” of clients is definitely something we value at Sally Morin Law!
If you work hard, appreciate straight-talk and don’t buy the hype you see in those exaggerated TV and billboard ads, you’ll appreciate Sally Morin Law’s honest approach to California pedestrian accident claim recovery.
Become one of our Los Angeles pedestrian accident clients you’ll see the difference immediately!
"Lauren, Sally and Rebecca were better than family in steering me through the 6 months that followed."
What You’ll Get from Us
We take only serious injury traffic accident cases in California—we’re experts in this precise field of law, as we focus all energy on these cases. We don’t spread ourselves too thin by handling all sorts of personal injury cases.
You have direct access to the attorney handling your case. We keep you in the loop and never make you work to get in touch with us. We discuss all important aspects of your case with you, we make key decisions with you not for you and we answer your calls, emails and questions ASAP.
We offer quick claims solutions by negotiating on your behalf to get a fair but SOLID settlement in your LA pedestrian accident claim without dragging your case out simply to punish the at-fault party. You can get back to your life without the worry.
We increase your “in-pocket” financial result by pushing back against insurance companies while at the same time decreasing your financial obligations to medical service providers. This lets you keep more money for yourself.
Sally Morin Law Gets Results!
Check out this recent settlement Sally Morin Law achieved for a client in a Los Angeles pedestrian accident (crosswalk) case on Pico Boulevard and 28th Street in Santa Monica.
LA's Vision Zero Efforts Haven’t Decreased the Number of Pedestrians Hit By Cars in Los Angeles
2016 was the first full year that Los Angeles’s ambitious Vision Zero (the plan to reduce traffic fatalities by 20% by 2020) was in effect. The city spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of work hours on the project but it hasn’t shown any appreciable benefit. In fact, it has done nothing to decrease the number of traffic accidents in Los Angeles.
According to stats reported by the LA Times, there were more people struck and killed by cars in Los Angeles in 2016 than there were in 2015—many more. The number of fatal car accidents in Los Angeles spiked in 2017, jumping 43%. (That’s almost eight times higher than the national average increase!) And in 2018 that sad statistic is on its way toward capping out 25% higher than last year.
But even that figure is tiny compared to the number of people injured in car accidents. Some conservative estimates put the number of victims around 50,000 per year in Los Angeles alone! And that doesn’t count all of the minor injuries that victims don’t feel the need to report.
Get the Legal Help You Need Right Now
Do you need our help?
Ask Yourself These Questions to see if we are a good fit
- Have you been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles?
- Are you more worried about getting back to work and your normal activities than you are about getting revenge on the at-fault party for everything you can get?
- Are you fed up with trying to navigate tricky legal paperwork and shady insurance companies yourself?
- Do you want a lawyer who can make that stress go away so you can get on with your recovery?
If you answered “yes’ to these questions, contact us for solid legal representation and a hassle-free claims resolution experience.
At Sally Morin Law...
We get solid, quick results without litigation (filing a lawsuit) in approximately 94% of our cases. But, when getting what's fair for our client requires litigation, we take on the challenge.
For example, we "went to the mat" and litigated a pedestrian accident case to get our client a $937,500 settlement. The opening offer in that case was only $65,000!
Needless to say, we fight for our client's best interest!
Don't Waste Anymore Time
If you’ve been injured by a careless, distracted, or reckless driver, hiring the right pedestrian accident lawyer in Los Angeles is essential for getting the compensation you deserve.
Find out now if Sally Morin and her experienced team of Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys can help you. Call us at (323) 283-8211 today or get your FREE LA pedestrian accident case evaluation online now.
Still not sure? Learn more here about whether we are the best attorneys to handle your Los Angeles pedestrian accident case.
Learn more here about how the claims process works if you choose us to help you through your Los Angeles pedestrian accident.
Check out Sally Morin Law's Los Angeles Client Reviews and Testimonials
The team at Sally Morin Law prides itself on providing unparalleled customer-service. You can see in our reviews that:
- We won’t make inflated promises just to get clients.
- We stay in touch— by returning your calls and emails ASAP.
- We discuss all major decisions with you and give you the details you need to make the right choices.
- We fight aggressive insurance adjusters to get the maximum settlement you’re entitled to.
- We negotiate with the medical providers to reduce your bills, letting you keep more of your settlement.
- We make sure you get a SOLID financial recovery as fast as possible