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Los Angeles is known for its heavy traffic. Thousands of vehicles occupy the roads on a daily basis, which puts pedestrians in a hazardous position. Fortunately, California offers protection for pedestrians who are wounded after getting involved in an accident with a vehicle. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian crash in Los Angeles, our experienced personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on the ones you care most about.

Below, our pedestrian accident attorneys will discuss the most common types of pedestrian accidents in the Los Angeles area.

Types of Pedestrian Accidents

Vehicle Backing Up Pedestrian Accidents

Commonly seen in parking lots or on streets where a driveway is blocking visibility for drivers who are backing into a road. Regardless of visibility, a driver must always be aware of his or her immediate surroundings and slowly and carefully back up in order to react to any pedestrians who may be crossing.

Off Road Pedestrian Accidents

These typically occur when a driver veers off the road and strikes a pedestrian on the sidewalk or who is standing too close to the edge of the road. An example could be when someone is waiting at a bus stop or near a disabled vehicle and is then struck by a car.

Pedestrian on the Side of the Road Accidents

These accidents typically occur when there is no sidewalk present. In such instances, a pedestrian may decide to walk on the far right side of the road. This is dangerous, especially after dark or when visibility is poor due to inclement weather, because a driver may not see a pedestrian on the side of the road.

Pedestrian Crossing a Highway Accidents

Generally happens along limited access highways or on off ramps. It is never a good idea to cross these roads, yet people sometimes do so when a vehicle breaks down or is involved in an accident. It is always recommended to stay in your vehicle, turn on your emergency lights, and wait for assistance.

Vehicle Running Through an Intersection Pedestrian Accidents

Particularly egregious, these incidents occur when a pedestrian is crossing an intersection and is struck by someone who is traveling straight through that intersection. There are many reasons for this to occur, including malfunctioning traffic signals, or worse, when someone deliberately runs through a stop sign or a red light.These accidents are almost always a driver’s fault and may subject that driver to punitive damages.

Vehicle Turning at an Intersection Pedestrian Accidents

Typically happens when a driver hits a pedestrian when making a turn and a pedestrian is crossing the street. A driver will usually be held liable for this type of accident. However, whether a pedestrian was legally crossing a street or even wearing dark clothing at night may affect issues of comparative liability.

Failing to Yield at a Crosswalk Pedestrian Accidents

Crosswalks are designed to allow a pedestrian to safely get to where they need to. The law requires all drivers to stop for anyone who is crossing the street at an intersection. Unfortunately, there are impatient drivers who choose not to watch for pedestrians and who may end up hitting an unsuspecting pedestrian instead of yielding.

Sudden Dash Across the Street Pedestrian Accidents

Typically caused by a pedestrian’s negligence, this kind of incident can also be caused or made worse by a negligent driver. These accidents occur when a pedestrian enters a street from the side of the road and steps into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

A pedestrian will generally be found liable for not using a crosswalk, but a driver may also share a degree of liability if he or she was driving over the posted speed limit, intoxicated, or being reckless on the road.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Contact Us to Find Out How We Can Help

If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a pedestrian accident, our expert personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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