Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident in Los Angeles
What to Do If You’re Involved in a Pedestrian Accident: Free Insight From the Best Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorneys
Pedestrian deaths and injuries caused by traffic-related accidents have become a serious issue in Los Angeles County. In 2016, Los Angeles County had more fatal pedestrian crashes than any other county in the United States. Vehicle speed heavily contributed to the significant increase in fatal pedestrian collisions. In 2019, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported that there were 519 pedestrian deaths that took place in California between the months of January and June. With the alarming amount of pedestrian deaths in California, it is no wonder that it is one of the top five states accounting for almost half, 47 percent, of all pedestrian deaths.
Fortunately, California offers many legal protections for pedestrians who are injured after a pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian collision in Los Angeles, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced team of pedestrian accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers will recover all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on the ones you care most about.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Pedestrian Accident
It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed after a pedestrian accident. However, it is crucial that you take certain steps in order to protect your rights and recover maximum compensation.
With that said, your health should be your first concern if you have suffered injuries after a pedestrian accident. Always call 911 and request help if you are hurt. Even if you don’t feel pain immediately after an accident, It’s possible that you may be seriously injured.
Further complicating matters is the reality that serious injuries don’t always show adverse symptoms until several days or weeks after an accident took place. Whether you believe you are seriously injured, please seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
The next thing you must do is gather the following information and make sure to include:
- The names and contact information for all parties involved in the pedestrian accident
- The driver’s name, driver’s license, insurance information, and license plate number(s)
- The contact information for any witnesses to the pedestrian accident
- Photos/videos of the accident scene, the offending vehicle, and your injuries
Most importantly: DO NOT admit fault or suggest who may be at-fault, even if you feel that you were responsible. DO NOT SPEAK about the accident at all, if you can help it. Discussing the accident — and worse, apologizing for it — will not help you and can, in fact, be used against you.
Finally, do not attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance company. Insurance companies are not on your side and will certainly pressure you into settling for less money than you deserve. An experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney will deal with the insurance companies for you, and will always be there to answer any questions you may have about liability or damages owed to you.
Available Damages After a Pedestrian Accident
Injuries suffered as a result of a pedestrian accident will typically require costly medical care. An accident victim will likely have to miss work or school for a significant period of time, as well. The sad reality is that many pedestrian accident victims may never be able to work or live the life they had before the accident.
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 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 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
The third type of damages a California court may award is 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, are only incorporated in about 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.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, our knowledgeable attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you regain compensation for the damages you have sustained, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with our compassionate, caring, and qualified legal team.