Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Were You Seriously Hurt In a Pedestrian Accident? We Want to Help You Find Justice.
With its nice weather and walkable neighborhoods or shopping districts, setting out on foot is a real alternative to battling the terrible LA traffic. However, our car-centric city wasn’t built to keep pedestrians safe. Distracted and negligent drivers can seriously injure those who are on foot, or even cause fatalities.
For those who have been injured by an unsafe driver, Robins Cloud LLP wants you to know you’re not alone. Our team has been helping the victims of serious accidents and severe injuries file claims for over 30 years. We know dealing with an accident and injury takes time and energy, and we want to make your life easier. Our attorneys can handle your injury claim from start to finish, protecting your right to receive a fair settlement for what you’ve been through.
Call Robins Cloud LLP at (800) 691-2363 to schedule a free consultation with our Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers. We can help if you’ve suffered complex and serious injuries.
Pedestrian Dangers in California
Our state isn’t the best place to be a pedestrian: In 2018, there were nearly 900 pedestrian fatalities in California, which accounted for 14% of the national total (6,283). The rate of pedestrian deaths is also rising nationally; there was a 3.4% increase just between 2017 and 2018.
There are a few reasons that may be behind this trend. One is the growing prevalence of larger vehicles like SUVs and crossovers. In 2019, 47% of sales were of these vehicles. The increase in larger cars has tracked with an increasing pedestrian death rate (7% of pedestrian accidents were fatal between 2004 and 2016; in 2017, 8.35% were). Bigger cars are heavier, meaning they hit harder, and they are also more likely to hit a pedestrian’s torso or head rather than their legs. As these cars continue to increase as a proportion of our road share, severe and fatal pedestrian accidents are likely to continue rising.
Another factor in pedestrian accidents is speed. While the risk of death is relatively low for pedestrians hit by a car traveling 30 mph or less, that risk increases more rapidly the faster a car is going. Los Angeles drivers aren’t known for their patience, and one driver’s choice to speed could be the difference between survivable injury and death.
Finally, a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found rising rates of hit-and-run accidents throughout America. These collisions disproportionately affect bikers and pedestrians, who make up 65% of those killed in this type of accident. Looking at a decade’s worth of crashes, AAA determined 20% of pedestrian fatalities were caused by drivers who left the scene rather than calling for help. Even those who survive hit-and-runs may have more serious accidents because they are likely to have a longer wait before receiving medical attention.
When a car, SUV, or light truck hits an adult, the most common injuries are:
- Musculoskeletal injuries, including multiple fractures and loss of limb
- Head and neck injuries, including traumatic brain injury
However, when children and infants are hit, traumatic brain injury is the most common outcome. Youth are also more likely to experience spinal cord injury, chest injury, and abdominal injury.
When accident victims are faced with brain or spinal cord damage, loss of limb, and other injuries that cannot be fully treated or cured, they will feel the impacts for the rest of their lives. Their loved ones may also be affected, whether from the loss of an income or an increased need for medical support and day-to-day aid. In such a position, it’s important to file a strong claim for compensation with an experienced lawyer who will fight for you. Having financial security for the rest of your life matters when you’re facing severe medical issues.
Call Our Pedestrian Accident Team Today
If you or a loved one is facing severe or catastrophic injury after a pedestrian accident, or experienced a wrongful death, our attorneys are here for you. We have spent more than two decades helping clients find compensation after suffering complex injuries. It’s our goal to provide a voice to those who have been harmed by others, and to be there for you during the hardest times in your life.
Robins Cloud LLP is dedicated to helping you after a serious pedestrian accident. Call our Los Angeles office today at (800) 691-2363 for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout California.
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