Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injuries when involved in accidents with motorized vehicle. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and other types of vehicles can cause serious bodily harm to pedestrians that often results in long-term disabilities. Despite California and other states having "right of way" laws that are supposed to protect pedestrians, more than 100,000 pedestrians are injured from vehicle accidents each year, and more than 50,000 of these cases result in death. Jacoby & Meyers has a team of California personal injury lawyers who are ready to pursue legal action on behalf of pedestrians who were involved in vehicle accidents.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Vehicles that strike pedestrians often occur as the result of driver negligence or driving under the influence. Unsafe road conditions, loss of vehicle control, lack of attention can also contribute to auto v. pedestrian accidents and injuries. Another leading cause of these incidents is heavy rainfall or other adverse weather events that limit driver visibility.
Insurance Coverage Limitations
Auto insurance policies are intended to cover some of the financial costs for both drivers and pedestrians who are injured, but many of these policies have limitations. Some drivers purchase insurance plans that include the minimum coverage that is mandated by law. The minimum covers up to $15,000 per person injured. No matter how many people were injured in the accident, this minimum also covers just up to $30,000 per accident, meaning if 5 people were in the car including the driver and all passengers the total amount recoverable is $30,000. A policy with a minimum coverage amount won't be enough to pay for extensive bodily injuries that require long-term care.
How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at Jacoby & Meyers Can Help
The pedestrian accident attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help clients get more money to cover their injuries and other losses that resulted from their misfortunes. If an insurance company refuses to pay the full amount of compensation that is expected, every measure will be taken to negotiate a fair settlement. A lawsuit can be filed if the insurance company does not agree to the terms of the proposed settlement. Most insurance companies cover some injuries caused by uninsured drivers, but drivers who don’t carry any insurance can also be personally sued in court.
The money that is awarded in a settlement or through a lawsuit can be used to pay for medical expenses, lost work wages and any long-term disability or rehabilitative care that is needed. Pain and suffering compensation may also be awarded in some cases. If the pedestrian also experienced any type of property damage from the accident, compensation may be given to cover those losses as well.
Beverly Hills pedestrian victims in Los Angeles who were seriously injured from auto accidents should contact Jacoby & Meyers for legal guidance and representation. Each case is evaluated on the facts and our strategy is discussed with you during your consultation.
Pedestrian vs. Auto Accident Injuries in Los Angeles
Pedestrians are injured in car accidents, where the driver did not see them in the path, resulting often times in their wrongful death. In such a devastating circumstance, the victim's family would be entitled to file a wrongful death action or lawsuit in court against the liable third-party driver who would be named as a defendant in the litigation.
In addition, serious injuries are sustained by pedestrian victims crossing the road or intersection daily. Victims of such accidents have legal recourse available to them to pursue filing a lawsuit or a claim against the liable driver's insurance company. When serious injuries are involved, having an attorney represent your interests is critical. We not only guide your medical treatment and recovery, but also fight the insurance company to obtain the highest possible settlement on your behalf.
Injuries can range from broken bones and fractures to orthopedic, back and neck injuries. In extreme and severe circumstances, the bodily injury can be far worse requiring amputations due to the loss of a bodily limb. The first most important step is to obtain medical treatment either at the hospital, via ambulance, or at the emergency room depending on the extent of your injury.
The legal field allows us, as your attorney, to pursue a claim against the driver if they acted in an unlawful manner, committed a driving violation or broke the law at the time of the accident. This would include drivers driving under the influence which could qualify as a misdemeanor or felony DUI. It would also include drivers' failing to pay attention, driving too fast or at an unsafe speed in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22350, running a stop sign or other violations of the prevailing Vehicle Code section. Typically, pedestrian accidents occur at an intersection or when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk.
When and where warranted, litigation or a lawsuit would be filed against the defendant driver who caused the accident. Typically, our team of trained attorneys is able to resolve such a pedestrian legal case without a lawsuit ever being filed, with negotiations and a demand to the insurance company.
Contact Jacoby & Meyers for a consultation to discuss your pedestrian accident with one of our litigation attorneys.