Along with the health benefits of walking, like decreased transportation costs and helping the environment, come risks.
Because let's face it, there is no competition when a moving two-ton vehicle hits an unprotected pedestrian, no matter what the speed of the collision.
Often times, these accidents can be devastating, resulting in serious injuries like broken bones, head trauma, or injuries requiring surgery.
And more often than not, pedestrian accident clients face a long road to recovery.
Pedestrian accidents often represent a huge financial and emotional setback for the injured party: with medical bills piling up, lost wages, and frustration of dealing with police, insurance adjusters, doctors, and bill collectors... all while trying to recover from injuries.
Keep reading to learn more.
INJURIES REQUIRING SURGERY
Across California, distracted driving from cell phones and other electronic devices has caused a rise in pedestrian accidents, as drivers fail to yield fully in time or make turns without properly scanning the intersection.
And while the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in San Francisco was steady at 31 in the last two years, the same can't be said for Southern California.
In Los Angeles alone, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents has risen 25% in just the last six years. With the vast majority of these accidents being caused needlessly by distracted drivers.
At Sally Morin Law, our pedestrian accident clients often face a long, hard road to recovery. And this often involves not just surgery and rehabilitation, but long-term therapy and missed work.
And that's why our attorneys step in to handle every last detail of building and presenting your case. From the day you sign, you will never have to deal with another insurance adjuster, police officer, or witness again.
And when it come time to make your claim, our team are experts in negotiating the full-and-fair value on behalf of our pedestrian accident clients.
The pedestrian accident team at Sally Morin Law re-negotiated a settlement from $65,000 to $937,500 after refusing the insurance company's initial offer and taking the case to mediation.
Personal injury lawyers conjure up images of tacky billboards of a guy with greasy hair and an 800 number. Sally Morin Law couldn't be any more different and is a breath of fresh air for an experience with any type of attorney.
I was hit by an underinsured driver who ran a red light while I was in a crosswalk. It led to a severed artery, broken tibia, a shattered pelvis, and a variety of other issues. The last thing I was able to deal with was insurance companies, hospital bills, and all the craziness that goes into putting life back together.
While the money involved in my case was not life changing for anyone, Sally Morin Law took it very seriously and worked incredibly hard to make sure that I did not have to worry about anything. They ensured that I walked away (literally) with liens settled, no outstanding legal issues, and some money in my pocket. They answered any and all of my questions, provided me with frequent updates, and always had my best interests in mind.
I was in a really hard situation and Carmen at Sally Morin helped me so very much. I am very low income and thought that my legal options were very limited. But Carmen helped me to understand my rights when I was plowed down by a drunk driver and I felt so much better knowing that I could get some assistance in resolving my case. I have two children and my accident has made it difficult for me to care for them. Carmen has made me feel like the future is bright and that I can get justice amidst this awful situation.
My 5 year old son was struck by a car when he was on his way to school. We had to rush him to the hospital and were emotionally wrecked by the whole situation. We are blessed that he survived and came out of the situation, even though with some scars. However, after he left the hospital, the nightmare was just beginning.
We had bills coming to our door every week and had to call insurances, adjusters, health facilities every single day. It was nerve wrecking. No one seemed to help us and the bills were now more than $50.000. I couldn't sleep anymore. I had enough and finally decided I should contact a lawyer. That was the best decision I could have made.
After a quick web search, I found Sally Morin to have excellent reviews. I contacted Sally Morin Law that same day.
Rebecca called me just minutes after I had reached out to them. Literally 5 minutes. Lauren took our case and all the bills, phone calls and letters stopped that day. After weeks, I could sleep worry free. Communication was very easy and I was aware of everything that was going on throughout the whole case. They really helped us get through one of the worst times of our life. I am 100% satisfied with the way I was treated and the outcome of my case.
All the bills were paid and we got a good settlement deal.
If you need a good team of lawyers on your side, look no further! Thank you very much Lauren and everyone at Sally Morin Law!
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.
Usually a pedestrian is injured due to negligence by a vehicle operator, including:
Many people falsely believe the myth that a driver is always at fault when involved in a vehicle on pedestrian accident. This is not true.
Negligence, and ultimately liability, is determined by a variety of factors, including:
You should treat a pedestrian accident the same way you would any other traffic accident.
1. Immediately get medical attention, even if you are uninsured.
2. Contact the police and have them generate a report.
3. Collect the name, driver's license details, vehicle and insurance information of the driver.
4. If possible, gather the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident (very important).
5. If you are capable, take photos of the accident scene, and later, your injuries, with your cell phone.
6. Contact a pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible.
The best way to determine if your pedestrian accident claim has merits is to contact a qualified pedestrian accident attorney. At Sally Morin Law, we offer a free, no risk, no obligation, case evaluation, and you can get started online.
Yes! As long as you were crossing at an intersection and not jaywalking.