Los Angeles Pedestrian Injury Lawyer
Pedestrian Accidents May Cause Serious or Fatal Injury
A pedestrian accident occurs when a motor vehicle is involved in an accident with a pedestrian. These auto accidents are particularly serious due to the extent of injury the pedestrian may sustain, even in a low-speed crash. Pedestrian injuries may be all the more serious if the victim is a child or an elderly person. Unfortunately, a child may be more susceptible to involvement in a pedestrian accident because they may run into the street, may not look both ways before crossing or may be too small for a driver to see when he or she is reversing out of a parking space or turning onto a street.
Pedestrian Accidents – Who is at Fault?
The party that may be held liable in a pedestrian accident may vary depending on the specific incident. Typically, some form of negligence must be involved. This occurs when a person causes injury to another by acting recklessly or without proper caution or care. Intentional acts may also be brought to civil court by an injury victim. Some examples of actions that may show liability in a pedestrian accident include:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Backing out of a parking space without checking rear-view mirrors and blind spots
- Drunk driving
- Not paying attention to the road (talking on the phone, texting, adjusting the radio, eating, drinking, etc.)
- Driving off the road and onto a sidewalk
To establish liability, an attorney can work with accident reconstruction specialists and conduct a complete investigation and evaluation of police reports, witness accounts, and more.
Serious Injury from a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrians are at particular risk of spinal cord injury in the event of a collision with a motor vehicle. The force of impact may literally throw a pedestrian several feet or yards from where he or she originally stood, wrenching the spine or neck in the process. A pedestrian may also suffer direct impact to the spine in a car accident, resulting in fractured or crushed vertebrae that therefore impact the spinal cord, causing compression or possibly tearing or completely severing the nerves. As a result the victim of a pedestrian accident may become partially or completely paralyzed, suffering from paraplegia, quadriplegia, loss of motor function, sensory loss, and impaired sexual function.
The spinal injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident may leave the victim with a life that is forever changed. If you or someone you know was injured in a pedestrian accident in the Los Angeles area, our firm may be able to help. An injury lawyer at our offices can talk to you about the possibility of seeking financial damages for your injuries, including for medical care as well as lost wages and loss of earning potential. Because spinal cord injuries are often so severe and have such a significant impact on a victim’s life, the financial compensation a victim may be able to recover may be considerable.
Regardless of the circumstances of your accident, we may be able to help. Contact a Los Angeles pedestrian injury attorney at our firm today to see about filing your injury claim.