For those of us in the Los Angeles area, it is common for us to turn on the news and hear of yet another pedestrian accident in and around the city. According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Los Angeles is the second worst city in the United States when it comes to pedestrian fatalities, only being trumped by New York City.
On the positive side, the pedestrian fatalities recorded in Los Angeles for 2013 were 23 less than the year previous with only 76 of pedestrians being killed in traffic-related accidents. However, this number is nearly triple of that of Chicago and is almost ten times higher than the city of Boston. To put it even more in perspective, there were only 9 pedestrian fatalities in Las Vegas in 2013 – a city where tourists and pedestrian traffic is extremely high.
I’ve Been the Victim in a Pedestrian Accident – Now What?
The most important thing that a pedestrian who has been hit by a vehicle can do is to call the police. The police will be able to take a non-biased report of what has happened and investigate the scene. If you have been injured, seek medical attention immediately.
If you are able, while you are waiting for law enforcement to arrive, take photographs of the scene as well as of the vehicle involved. Take pictures from various angles so that the judge and potentially the jury will have a clear picture of where you were and what happened.
The next step: obtain the names and contact information of witnesses. You may not be able to obtain statements at this time, but having their contact information means or your personal injury attorney will be able to gather these statements at a later time.
Finally, call an attorney. He or she will be able to help counsel you on your rights and the steps you should take next to ensure that you are best taken care of now and over the weeks or months following the accident.
Pedestrian Accidents: You Have More Legal Options Than You Think
When we speak to clients in these circumstances, there is usually one obvious individual which the legal claim will be focusing on: the driver of the car that hit you. Depending on your circumstances, however, you may be able to also bring a claim against the county or municipality you were in when you were hit (i.e. lack of clear stop signs, malfunctioning traffic lights, etc.).
Our attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley LLP have won millions of injury verdicts and settlements for our clients. We pride ourselves on being able to secure the compensation our clients require to heal, recover, and enjoy a fulfilling life despite any temporary or long term injuries.
If you have been the victim in a pedestrian accident, or have sustained any kind of personal injury due to the negligence of another, we welcome your call today at (310) 273-1230.