Glendale Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
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Glendale has a population of over 191,719 residents. With so many pedestrians and drivers sharing the streets, it is inevitable that a pedestrian accident will arise at some point. In recent years, there have been several pedestrian accidents involving hit-and-runs. It is highly encouraged for victims of a pedestrian accident to reach out to a pedestrian accident attorney to help them build up a case in order to recover maximum compensation for their financial and emotional losses.
At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we have experienced Glendale pedestrian accident attorneys with 60 years of collective legal experience in personal injury. They will devote themselves to ensuring that you win your case against the individual at-fault for causing your injuries.
With over $1 billion won in settlements for our clients, we are confident that you will not be disappointed with our services. To request a free consultation at our Glendale personal injury law firm, reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (818) 839-8800 or emailing [email protected]Types of Pedestrian Accidents
With a vast majority of Glendale residents driving their cars on a consistent basis, it is much more risky for pedestrians who are crossing the street or walking on the sidewalk. Common accidents that have taken place include:
- Vehicle backing up. This commonly occurs in parking lots. Drivers tend to have a difficult time seeing pedestrians due to other vehicles blocking their view. Driveways also can block a driver’s view as they are trying to back into the road. Regardless of visibility, a driver should always go slowly and cautiously when driving to make sure that they do not hit pedestrians who are walking by.
- Off-road. This happens when a driver veers off the road and hits nearby pedestrians on the sidewalk. This is especially negligent.
- Pedestrian on the side of the road. This type of accident occurs when there is no sidewalk available. Due to this, a pedestrian may have to walk on a small portion of the road. This can become a dangerous scenario if it is dark outside or if poor weather conditions are present. These two circumstances can make it difficult for a driver to see a pedestrian while on the road, thus resulting in higher chances of a collision.
- A pedestrian crossing a highway. This typically occurs in or near limited access highways or offramps, especially when a pedestrian’s vehicle breaks down or is involved in an accident. It is always best for pedestrians to remain in or near their vehicle until help arrives.
- Vehicle driving through an intersection. This incident happens when a pedestrian is crossing an intersection and gets hit by a driver who is going straight through that intersection. These types of accidents are especially reckless and may subject the driver to punitive damages.
- Vehicle making a turn at an intersection. This happens when a driver makes a turn and hits a pedestrian that is crossing the street. Drivers will usually be held liable for this type of accident since pedestrians always have the right-of-way at an intersection.
- Not yielding at a crosswalk. Crosswalks are made to keep pedestrians safe when they are crossing the street. However, there are negligent drivers who will decide NOT to yield at a crosswalk, without caring about the pedestrians walking by. This will often cause a pedestrian accident and is also severely negligent.
- Sudden dash across the road. This is often the responsibility of a negligent pedestrian. It usually happens when a pedestrian suddenly walks across the street while there are oncoming vehicles approaching. In this type of incident, the pedestrian is held liable for not using the crosswalk. However, drivers may also be liable if they were speeding or intoxicated.
The pedestrian may file a lawsuit against the driver at-fault for negligence.10 Tips To Reduce Pedestrian-Related Accidents
- Do not leave your vehicle. If you are involved in a roadway emergency, you should always remain in your car. You can get out to check on your vehicle, but you must return to your car after you finish doing that. And be very careful.
- Do not use your phone while you are walking. Pay careful attention to your environment when you are walking on the street. Looking at your phone may distract you from noticing potential hazards while you are crossing the street.
- Use a crosswalk. There have been circumstances where people have crossed a street without using a crosswalk, especially in a populated area. They are putting their lives at risk by doing so. This is why it is important to use crosswalks to keep both you and drivers nearby safe.
- Make eye contact. Even though you may have the right-of-way as a pedestrian, you should not assume that vehicles approaching you will stop, or that they can even see you. Make eye contact with the driver to confirm that they notice you before attempting to walk across the street.
- Be aware of parked cars. Avoid walking into a street between parked cars. Drivers will not expect an individual to suddenly cross the street while there. If you do decide to stand between two parked cars, make sure that the driver is not about to start the car to leave.
- Look to your left and right when crossing the street. For safety reasons, it is important to look both ways before you cross the street. You must check if any oncoming cars are approaching to know whether or not you are safe enough to walk to the other side of the road.
- Remain on the sidewalk. Avoid walking on the street. You will risk getting hit by an oncoming vehicle. You should always walk on the sidewalk.
- Make sure you are visible and noticeable. At night, wear bright or reflective clothing. Beware of obstacles that will block you from visibility. This includes walking past a parking lot. Try to remain noticeable as you are passing by a car that is getting ready to back up. The driver needs to see you before they can safely reverse.
- Do not excessively consume alcohol before walking. Alcohol will blur your vision, impair your mind, and limit your ability to walk. You need to be aware of your surroundings to ensure your safety, or else you may get yourself into a preventable accident.
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced Glendale pedestrian accident attorneys readily available to help you handle your case. To get a free, no-obligation consultation at our Glendale personal injury law firm, reach out to our legal team by calling (818) 839-8800 or emailing [email protected]