Thousands of pedestrians are killed or injured every year by reckless drivers who are not looking out for walkers or runners on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,376 pedestrian deaths in the United States as recently as 2015.
The city of Pasadena is considered one of the more livable neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area. But in 2016, pedestrians accounted for 30% of all traffic deaths and injuries. This is a staggering number. The locations for these accidents varied throughout the city, but a large number of pedestrian incidents took place north of the 210 freeway, in and around the Orange Grove Blvd. area.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in the Pasadena area after a pedestrian accident, our experienced and compassionate team of Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyers will help you recover the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on the ones you care most about.
10 Tips to Reduce the Risk of a Pedestrian Accident
Whether you’re grabbing coffee with a friend or doing some shopping on Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena, below are 10 tips to help reduce the possibility of a pedestrian accident:
- Make Eye Contact. Even if you have the right of way, never assume a vehicle waiting at an intersection can see you. The best thing to do is make eye contact with the driver to make sure he or she sees you and is aware that you’re crossing the street.
- Stay Off Your Phone When Walking. A common factor involved in many pedestrian accidents is a pedestrian who was on his or her phone when the accident occurred. If your attention is focused on your phone, you run the risk of missing a hazard along the pathway. If your eyes are focused on the road, you’re more aware of vehicles around you, and you have a better chance of reacting to a vehicle bearing down on you.
- Look Both Ways Before You Cross the Street. Looking both ways before you cross a street will always be one of the most valuable actions you can take as a pedestrian in the city of Pasadena, or anywhere. Always stop before entering an intersection and look both ways to make sure you’re fully safe.
- Beware of Parked Cars. Never walk between parked cars, as motorists are not expecting a pedestrian at that time. In addition, a driver may not see you entering the street. Be sure that cars are definitively parked and that drivers are not about to move.
- Use Crosswalks. Men, women, and children can all be seriously injured or killed because they didn’t use designated crosswalks. A high percentage of pedestrian accidents occur this way every year in the Pasadena area. Using crosswalks instead of walking across the middle of a street is the best way to reduce the likelihood of being injured.
- Use the Sidewalk. Always make sure to walk on a sidewalk. Do not risk walking on the street for any reason.
- Make Sure You Are Visible. Just because you can see a motor vehicle doesn’t mean the driver sees you. Ensure that you are visible to motorists. Always be aware of any obstacles that might block you from a motorist’s line of sight, such as bushes, walls, traffic signals, and other parked cars.
- Avoid Alcohol Before Walking. Approximately 33% of pedestrian accidents involve a pedestrian who consumed alcohol. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consume any alcohol before walking. Instead, you should follow the same drinking guidelines you would use if you were going out for a drive.
- Defensive Walking. You must always walk defensively. Be aware of your surroundings and watch what is going on around you. Many pedestrian accidents are avoidable if walkers become more vigilant and walk defensively at all times.
- Stay in Your Vehicle. A common cause of pedestrian fatalities is when a car hits a person who is changing a tire. If possible, you need to move your vehicle as far away from the road as you can. If you cannot safely get out of your vehicle to address a mechanical issue, call a tow truck or an emergency assistance service.
Damages Recoverable After a Pedestrian Accident
The team of Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers has decades of experience successfully advocating for the rights of pedestrian accident victims. We will fight for all forms of compensation you are entitled to, such as:
- Medical Bills. Pedestrian accident victims usually require extensive medical care to treat their injuries. Pedestrian accident victims are entitled to compensation for past, present, and future medical care to help them recover from all their injuries.
- Lost Wages and Income. Due to injuries, many pedestrian accident victims may miss work for an extended period of time. Victims are entitled to seek recovery for past and future lost wages. This includes benefits, such as sick and vacation days, bonuses, and other types of employment benefits.
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life. Pedestrian accident victims may recover the value of loss or limitation to their enjoyment or quality of life as a result of the physical or mental injuries they have suffered.
- Loss of Consortium. The non-injured spouse may have the right to file a loss of consortium claim if their spouse has been injured. This type of claim arises when the injured spouse is no longer able to provide the non-injured spouse with sexual relations, companionship, care, support, comfort, and protection.
- Pain, Suffering and Emotional Distress. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident you may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. These types of damages are intended to compensate a victim for not only physical pain and suffering, but emotional and mental distress as well.
- Loss of Earning Capacity. These types of damages occur when an accident prevents or limits an injured individual from working in their current position or advancing in their career. In addition to damages for lost income, accident victims may also make a claim for loss of earning capacity.
Contact us to find out how we can help
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Pasadena as a result of a pedestrian accident, an attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.