Attorney for Serious Injuries in Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Cases
Taking a light stroll around the neighborhood to get some errands done, catch some nightlife, or just to keep active may seem less risky than getting on a motorcycle or trying to merge across three lanes on the 405, but in Los Angeles, pedestrian accidents and deaths are far more prevalent than you might think. An LA Times story found that, between 2002 and 2013, 1 in 10 car accidents involved pedestrians, and yet pedestrians accounted for 35% of road deaths. Downtown LA alone experienced 659 pedestrian accidents in that time, with Koreatown experiencing 407 accidents and Santa Monica experiencing 187 accidents.
When a pedestrian collides with a vehicle, the consequences to the pedestrian can be devastating and life altering. Vehicle collisions are not the only risks that pedestrians face when walking, however, as construction zones, sidewalk hazards, bicycles and other dangers are common causes of accidents as well. The Law Office of Tal Rubin, PC in Los Angeles understands the issues and challenges unique to pedestrian accident cases and can help you obtain maximum recovery for your injuries.
Who is Liable to Me When I am Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Most pedestrian cases involve a vehicle colliding with a pedestrian, but a pedestrian may be injured in any number of ways, whether on a sidewalk, a road, or just off a road. While the operator of the vehicle can certainly be liable, other potential defendants in a pedestrian accident case can include:
- The employer of the operator of the vehicle, if the accident occurred while on the job
- The owner of the vehicle (if different from the operator)
- A bicyclist or other pedestrian or runner who negligently collided with the victim
- The owner of the property where the accident occurred, for example a retailer who operated the parking lot where the pedestrian was, or an apartment management company that failed to maintain its sidewalks
- The city, county or other public entity that designed or maintained a sidewalk or crosswalk negligently
- A construction contractor if the injury occurred from falling materials or other hazards associated with a construction site
Your attorney will work with you to identify the proper defendants in your pedestrian accident claim.
What Challenges Will I Face In Bringing a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
Your attorney will work with you to reconstruct the accident scene to show that the defendant both caused the accident and was at fault in doing so. Insurance companies and defendants will try to shift blame onto an injured pedestrian in the hopes of discouraging the victim from bringing the case or to get them to accept a small settlement. Oftentimes, these parties will argue that the plaintiff was at fault in causing the accident for any number of reasons: jaywalking, failing to notice oncoming traffic, alcohol intoxication, and so on. Such considerations may play a part in determining the plaintiff’s recovery, but, in many cases, the injured victim is nonetheless entitled to recovery for his or her injuries, and an experienced personal injury attorney will work to put your best case forward and make sure insurers and defendants do not intimidate you into accepting less than you deserve.
Work with the Law Office of Tal Rubin, PC to Bring Your Southern California Pedestrian Accident Claim
When bringing a pedestrian accident claim, you will want to work with a pedestrian accident attorney who you can trust to litigate your case with the skills, experience, and tenacity necessary to help you obtain full recovery for your injuries. At the Law Office of Tal Rubin, PC in Los Angeles, we are prepared to go the distance for each and every one of our clients, providing them with the highest level of client service every step of the way. We take pride in keeping close contact with our clients, who may contact us anytime, 24 hours a day, for any matter, and we will be at your side through the entire process of obtaining recovery for you and your family. Please call the Law Office of Tal Rubin, PC today to schedule a free consultation regarding your pedestrian accident claim.