Every year, thousands of pedestrians throughout the U.S. lose their lives in traffic collisions. The sad truth is that many of these could have been prevented had the parties involved exercised more caution and care on the road. Any of a number of things can distract a driver. Talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, talking to a passenger, eating, or drinking can all contribute to an auto accident. A driver's awareness may also be low due to alcohol or drug use, or because he or she is ill or tired. No matter the particular cause, if negligence is the reason for a pedestrian accident the responsible party should be held liable for their actions.
San Fernando Valley pedestrian accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus can meet with you to talk about your case, if you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a car accident of any kind. We have extensive experience in this field as well as the drive to represent our clients' interests through every step of the process involved with recovering the compensation they deserve.
In June 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released their "National Pedestrian Crash Report" which sought to review the trends in pedestrian accidents over the previous decade. What it found was alarming. For example, while the amount of fatalities reduced, the probability that a pedestrian would suffer fatal injuries in a crash increased. Two out of every three pedestrian accidents occurred in an urban area, with only 13 percent of cities and towns accounting for such high urban accident numbers.
Other findings reported include the following:
In 2006, deaths related to pedestrians were related to only 11 percent of all fatalities stemming from a traffic crash. While this number is steadily decreasing, it does still underline the danger that all pedestrians face while walking down any given roadway. Due to dangerous conditions—as well as negligent, reckless, and careless drivers—it can leave any pedestrian in harm's way on any given day.
Lawyers at our firm may be able to help you with your insurance claim and in negotiating with the other party's insurance company to seek an out-of-court settlement that will cover your medical care, lost wages, and other damages you have suffered. Though most pedestrian accident claims are settled out of court, we can take your case to civil court if this is what is best for your particular case. With our experience and knowledge of California personal injury law, we can apply the correct strategy to your unique situation.
If you or someone that you loved was injured in a pedestrian accident, then you deserve to receive compassionate and effective legal counsel from a professional that you can trust. Our firm has more than two decades of lawyer experience. We know how to best transverse these types of cases and will do everything that we reasonably can in the pursuit of full financial compensation. If you're interested in learning more about our firm and how we can help you during a time such as this, just give us a call today.
Contact a San Fernando Valley pedestrian accident lawyer at our firm today to learn more about your options.