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What To Do If You're Involved In A Pedestrian Accident: Free Insight from the Best Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorneys

According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County was the most dangerous area in the country for a pedestrian between 2013 and 2015. Almost 700 people were killed annually throughout that three year span of time. Data from 2017 further confirms this alarming trend, as 134 pedestrians were killed. Nationwide data suggests the problem may be bigger than once thought. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), fatal pedestrian incidents throughout the United States increased by 16% in 2016.

Fortunately, the state of California offers many legal protections for pedestrians who are injured after a pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The experienced team of Los Angeles 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

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
  • Other Non-Economic Damanges

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 are only incorporated in 5% 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.

Los Angeles Top Personal Injury Law Firm

A pedestrian accident can leave you with many injuries. If you have been injured in LA due to a pedestrian accident, an attorney at our law firm will help you regain financial compensation for the damages you have sustained, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact West Coast Trial Lawyers (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to set up a free consultation with our qualified and passionate 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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