Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Los Angeles is a busy city with a lot of foot traffic. Pedestrians are constantly vying with heavy vehicular traffic. This means that pedestrian accidents are all too common. If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, you could be entitled to significant compensation from the negligent party. The Lanier Law Firm has highly experienced attorneys who know how to pursue financial compensation for you and your loved ones following a pedestrian accident.
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Throughout Los Angeles, there are thousands of pedestrians on the streets every day. Whether you are downtown or on the outskirts, this busy city is bustling with both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, creating dangerous situations for pedestrians.
Pedestrians do not have the protection of a car in an accident, meaning they feel the full brunt of the impact. This can lead to extremely serious injuries that can affect your life for years to come. You may even lose a loved one to a tragic pedestrian accident.
A skilled Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer is ready to fight for you and your right to appropriate compensation. Our attorneys at The Lanier Law Firm put clients first to ensure you get exceptional legal service. Get a free case evaluation today to learn more about your case.
Why Choose The Lanier Law Firm?
Our Los Angeles office attorneys are ready to investigate and pursue your pedestrian accident claim. We provide high-quality legal services from experienced staff and attorneys alike and are nationally recognized for our dedication and service to our clients. We know what you are going through and how to help.
The Lanier Law Firm is a leading firm in pedestrian accidents and other personal injury cases. Our personal injury lawyers know how to build a case, prove a defendant’s fault, and seek compensation for you. We want to help rebuild your life and hold the negligent defendant responsible for what you have been through.
Pedestrian Accidents in Los Angeles
According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles was the second-deadliest American city for pedestrians in the last ten years. Over 100 pedestrians were killed in Los Angeles in 2021, and many others were badly injured. A large number of pedestrians and heavy traffic make the city very dangerous for pedestrians.
A pedestrian accident occurs when a negligent party or person causes the pedestrian harm. Pedestrians have the right to walk in certain areas where they should be safe. When another party’s negligence violates that safety and their rights, the pedestrian is likely entitled to file a personal injury claim.
A personal injury claim seeks financial compensation from the negligent party following the accident. It requires certain evidence to prove the case.
Proving a Pedestrian Accident Case
To win a pedestrian accident claim in Los Angeles, you and your attorney must prove that the other party’s negligence led to your harm. This includes proving each element of negligence:
- The defendant had a duty of care toward the pedestrian
- The defendant violated their duty of care to the pedestrian
- The breach of duty resulted in pedestrian injuries
- The extent of the pedestrian’s injuries and other damages
Winning a case requires proof of each of these elements. It takes specific evidence to prove a claim, and self-represented parties are not given leniency in knowing the law or legal procedure This kind of claim is best handled by a skilled personal injury attorney in Los Angeles.
Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
A pedestrian accident can lead to devastating injuries. There are few to no physical protections for a pedestrian that can save them from serious harm. Whatever the cause of the accident, any resulting injuries may be compensable if another party was at fault. Whether your injuries are permanent or temporary, you deserve the help of a qualified attorney.
Injuries common in Los Angeles pedestrian accidents include:
- Sprains or strains
- Road rash and other skin damage
- Lacerations and scrapes
- Broken or fractured bones
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
These injuries and so many others may result from a tragic pedestrian accident. No matter the extent of your harm, a negligent defendant should have to pay for the costs and suffering you have endured. Let a knowledgeable personal injury attorney assist with your pedestrian accident case.
Causes of Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians should be safe when walking, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. A defendant’s negligence can cause debilitating harm or even death. As part of your lawsuit, we will determine the cause of the accident to help prove your claim.
Common causes of Los Angeles pedestrian accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Intoxicated drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Accidents in crosswalks
- Defective traffic control devices
- Holes in the street or sidewalk
- Vehicles leaving the road
- Crashes into storefronts or other buildings
- Car accidents and other motor vehicle crashes
These are far from the only causes of pedestrian accidents. If you were hurt by a negligent driver or another defendant, we want to hear from you. We know how to investigate the cause of your case and prove it caused your damages.
Pedestrian Accidents and Compensation
A pedestrian accident claim in Los Angeles may entitle you to compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses, both past and future
- Rehabilitation costs and disability costs
- Property damage
- Lost income or lost future earning capacity
- Wrongful death
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Monetary compensation can repair the financial toll of your accident and help compensate you for the emotional difficulties you have faced. Families of lost loved ones may be entitled to compensation as well through a wrongful death lawsuit. Our legal team can advise you regarding your prospective compensation.
Time Limits in Pedestrian Accident Cases
You have a limited time in which to file your pedestrian accident case. In most circumstances, California Code Section 335.1 requires you to file your claim within two years of the date the accident occurred. If you fail to do so, your case will likely be dismissed by the court.
Rare exceptions to this limit may extend the time you have to file, and actions against the government have statutes of limitations as short as six months. The best course of action is to contact an attorney quickly after the accident to ensure that your rights are protected and that you have the option to file a claim if you so choose.
Consult a Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Attorney
The pedestrian accident lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm stand ready to help with your case. We provide free consultations to learn more about your accident and determine whether you have the potential to receive compensation. Our highly skilled attorneys understand personal injury law and how to put it to use for you.
Contact us online or call the firm at 800-723-3216. We look forward to speaking with you and beginning to help.