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Pedestrian Accidents

Pasadena Pedestrian Accident Lawyers 

Experienced Legal Representation for Pedestrian Accident Victims in Los Angeles County 

Walking is one of the most efficient and heart-healthy forms of exercise that a person can do. Unfortunately, with population growth and expanding residential developments, pedestrians must share the roads with cars and trucks. There are many points on any given day when a pedestrian has to walk alongside motor vehicles, thus increasing the risk of being struck by a car, truck, bus, or commercial vehicle.

These particularly dangerous situations include walking through crosswalks, along sidewalks with a driveway (where cars enter and exit), and walking in parking lots. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should contact a Pasadena personal injury attorney from McGee, Lerer & Associates immediately.

Call McGee, Lerer & Associates today at (626) 642-9302 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our pedestrian accident attorney in Pasadena!

Pedestrian Accident Facts

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle collisions. That figure amounts to nearly eleven pedestrians being struck and killed every day. What's more, the actual number of pedestrian fatalities is grossly underestimated because only a fraction of injury crashes are ever recorded by law enforcement.

The NHTSA goes on to report that 69% of pedestrians killed in 2009 were male and that nearly three out of every four pedestrian fatalities took place in urban areas (72%). The top four states for pedestrian fatalities include California, Texas, Florida, and New York. With California's year-round good weather, it's no wonder pedestrian accidents are a significant cause of concern in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can occur under various circumstances, often involving negligence or recklessness. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Distracted Driving: Drivers using their phones, GPS devices, or other distractions can easily miss pedestrians in crosswalks or intersections.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed reduces a driver's reaction time and increases the severity of accidents.
  • Failure to Yield: Many accidents occur when drivers do not yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.
  • Drunk Driving: Alcohol impairs a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely, leading to a higher likelihood of accidents.
  • Running Red Lights: Ignoring traffic signals can result in collisions with pedestrians crossing legally.
  • Poor Visibility: Accidents are more likely to occur in conditions with low visibility, such as nighttime or bad weather, especially when drivers are not sufficiently attentive.
  • Improper Lane Use: Drivers who switch lanes erratically or drive on the shoulder may unexpectedly encounter pedestrians, leading to accidents.

What Compensation Can You Receive in a Pedestrian Accident Claim?

After a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to recover various damages, including:

  • Medical Expenses: Covering immediate and future medical costs like hospital stays, surgeries, rehab, and medications.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost during recovery when you can't work.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: If your injuries result in long-term disability, this will impact your ability to earn income in the future. 
  • Pain and Suffering:  Payment for the physical and emotional anguish experienced due to the accident.
  • Property Damage: Reimbursement for damaged personal belongings.
  • Punitive Damages: Additional damages in cases of extreme negligence to punish and deter similar behavior.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Pedestrian Accident Claim in California?

California's statute of limitations for filing a pedestrian accident claim is typically two years from the accident date. This means you have a limited period to seek legal recourse for your injuries. Missing this deadline usually means forfeiting the right to pursue compensation. However, certain circumstances may alter this timeline, such as:

  • Minors: If the injured pedestrian is a minor, the statute of limitations may be extended.
  • Government Entities: If a government entity is involved, a claim must often be filed within six months.
  • Discovery Rule: In cases where the injury or its cause isn't immediately evident, the statute of limitations may commence from when the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered.

Contact Our Pasadena Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

Pedestrian accidents can have devastating consequences, but with the proper legal assistance, victims can secure the compensation necessary for recovery and financial stability. As seasoned Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyers, McGee, Lerer & Associates are committed to providing the aggressive representation and personalized attention you need. Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

Contact McGee, Lerer & Associates today to schedule a meeting with our pedestrian accident lawyer in Pasadena! 

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