Walking around Greater Los Angeles and other congested areas of Southern California can be one of the most dangerous activities you take part in. Roadways are filled with cars, trucks, and buses and it seems like most drivers are too distracted by their phones, in a rush, or are too fatigued to be careful and avoid collisions with pedestrians. Our team of Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers has handled thousands of vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents over our 35+ year history. We have the knowledge, skill, and resources to go toe-to-toe with large insurance companies and defendants and hold them accountable for the devastation and injuries they cause.
Unfortunately, vehicle versus pedestrian accidents usually results in severe injuries to the pedestrian accident victims, making the immediate aftermath of an injury accident frightening and overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you out if the unthinkable happens.
If you have suffered serious injuries due to a pedestrian accident, it can be one of the most traumatizing events of your life. Using the above guidelines can help reduce fear and anxiety. The tips will also help if it’s necessary to start a personal injury lawsuit to enforce your rights.
Some of the more common scenarios and causes of pedestrian accidents include:
Pedestrian accident victims face all kinds of dangers, including negligent, distracted and aggressive drivers. As a pedestrian, one of the most important things you can do to stay safe is to look out for yourself and assume every driver is a potential offender.
Pedestrian accidents are all too common and usually catastrophic as these statistics show:
For obvious reasons, when vehicles hit a person, the defenseless person usually suffers severe, grave injuries. Some of the more common injuries include:
In our civil legal system, you are entitled to monetary compensation for the past and future injuries and damages that you can prove resulted from the pedestrian accident. To prove many of these, it usually requires the need of doctors and experts that can testify on your behalf, which can often be quite costly. Items and categories of damages that you can make a claim for usually include:
Yes. As part of our number one goal, which is to get you back to health, we have developed connections and relationships with top-level doctors, providers, and medical facilities that will treat and care for you on a lien basis, which means you pay them back from the proceeds of your pedestrian accident case. Because your medical care is something that you can claim, it’s really the at-fault party that is paying for this. Also, we have skilled staff who might be able to help you get free or low-cost coverage such as Medi-Cal, Medi-Care, and others.
If you or a loved one is hurt, injured, or killed in a pedestrian injury accident, it is vital to target all of the potential parties that could be responsible so you can maximize your recovery. After a pedestrian accident, you get one shot at getting the compensation and justice you deserve. Here is a list of potential at-fault parties:
It takes detailed, extensive investigations to figure out all of the potential parties to target, which is something we pride ourselves on.
We have over 30 years of experience proving fault against negligent, reckless, and careless parties that cause vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents. To best serve you, we roll up our sleeves and hit the ground running once you engage us to work for you. This includes immediate investigations and fact-finding, including hunting down witnesses and video of the pedestrian accident. We also utilize research and database information to determine the patterns of pedestrian accidents at the location you were struck and injured. We use all of this information to put together a winning strategy that seeks every avenue of redress and compensation against all at-fault parties.
If a lawsuit is necessary to assert your rights, our aggressive litigation techniques and skills are second to none. We utilize discovery and deposition techniques to expose wrongdoing and to get to the heart of the truth. We also work hand in hand with you, to make sure all of your injuries are accounted for and treated, and all of your damages — from economic to non-economic — are tallied and proved up. If a trial becomes necessary, we have you covered as our heavy-hitting, highly regarded and successful trial team stands at the ready to take serious injury pedestrian accident cases to trial, before judge and jury.
Yes. Here in California, we follow principles of comparative fault, which means that you can still recover even if you had up to 99 percent of fault in the accident. The way it works is that your total recovery will be reduced by the percent of the accident you caused.
Typically, the statute of limitations on a pedestrian injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the pedestrian accident. If you are suing a public entity or employee, however, then you have to present a Government Claim Form within six (6) months of your accident and then follow very strict requirements and adhere to fast-approaching deadlines after that. The deadlines may differ depending upon various factors, which is why you always need to seek immediate legal assistance after an injury accident.
After you file a lawsuit, the court will set your trial date about 12 to 18 months into the future in most California counties and jurisdictions. Your trial date will usually mark the total time frame of your case, although in some cases it becomes necessary to postpone the trial date, especially if you are still dealing with ongoing injuries. It is also very possible that your pedestrian accident case settles well before your trial date. Before your trial date, your personal injury lawsuit will go through several phases, including a written discovery phase, a deposition phase, an expert witness and analysis phase, settlement negotiations, and if necessary, trial preparation and trial itself.
The inability to work is an unfortunate reality of suffering a pedestrian accident. Fortunately, we have built up relationships with lending companies that can help you out with a loan that is paid back and secured by your personal injury lawsuit. Like your medical bills, lost income is recoverable from the other side, so it is part of your pedestrian accident claim. Additionally, in some circumstances, we may be able to provide you with an advance on the anticipated proceeds of your pedestrian accident case to help you get by.
Not a problem. If you do not speak English or are not proficient enough to be comfortable using it during a deposition or at trial, we have many licensed interpreters that can match your language and dialect.
Yes. Here in California, the other side cannot use your immigration status against you in a civil lawsuit, like your pedestrian injury lawsuit. The courts and laws have proclaimed that your status is wholly irrelevant to your pedestrian accident. Sometimes, though, the other side will ignore the law and try to intimidate you, which can happen if you do not have your own attorney to fight back. When this happens, we forcefully issue privacy objections and if necessary, file motions, to stop any intimidation tactics.
Simply put, we put you, our client, first. We maintain three core ideals — the dignity of the individual, excellence, and service — that influence every single decision we make. We have award-winning personal injury attorneys that are assigned to your pedestrian accident case and that work within a larger team of lawyers and professional, detailed-oriented support staff. Over our 35 plus years of handling injury cases, we have amassed a 96%* success rate and over $1 Billion* recovered for our clients. Our year in and year out success is unparalleled and provides us with the necessary resources to take any size case and step into the ring against any size opponent with confidence and fortitude.
In addition to the above, our team of Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers and their vast experiences and skillsets cover every base and angle of your injury case. We pride ourselves in having one the of most formidable and successful trial lawyers and trial teams, which has to their credit a $29 million verdict and several settlements in excess of $10 million. We utilize team-work throughout our entire office on every pedestrian accident claim and that, of course, includes you. We keep you informed, answer all questions you might have, and consult with you on important case decisions. Our number one priority is to help you recover from your injury accident and we do that by holding all responsible parties accountable for the injuries and loss they inflict on you.
The Dominguez Firm has experienced pedestrian accident lawyers to assist you and to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today 24/7 for a free consultation at 877-924-2639. There is no obligation. And if there is no recovery, there is no fee!
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