A car accident involving a pedestrian usually results in traumatic injuries. Although, pedestrians have the right of way in many instances, this does not mean drivers are looking out for pedestrians at all times. Confirm the road is clear before you cross, even at designated crosswalks. Some of the causes for pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Impatient drivers
- Drivers who are reckless
- Weather conditions
- Tinted windows while turning left or right
- Color of the clothing worn by the pedestrian at night.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS AND DISTRACTED DRIVERS
According to California Active Transportation Safety statistics, between 2015 – 2019 there were 28,001.00 pedestrian collisions in Los Angeles County alone. Between 2015 – 2019, there were 1,321 pedestrians killed in Los Angeles county. Many drivers who are distracted when operating an automobile are not only putting pedestrians at risk but also other drivers. Yet, pedestrians concentrating on their phones or other devices while crossing the street are also at risk for vehicle-pedestrian auto accidents. Always pay attention and make sure you’re noticed by drivers before crossing the street.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS – DUE TO WINDOW TINTS WHEN TURNING LEFT OR RIGHT
Often when you are turning left and your front windows on your automobile are tinted and raised, you may not notice a crossing pedestrian at night or in a poorly lit area. In California window tint law restricts windshield tint on top 4 inches. Front side windows must have 70% light transmission or more. Back side windows and rear window may have any tint darkness.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS AND DRUNK DRIVERS
When you purchase auto insurance policies, there may be exclusions that you are not aware of. Many insurance companies would deny liability coverage bodily injury or property damage intended by, or reasonably expected to result from, the willful, intentional or criminal acts or omissions of the responsible party (s). This means that your insurance company may deny coverage if you are involved in a car crash while intoxicated and caused injuries to pedestrians or other drivers.
Further, if your insurance company does not cover for injuries sustained by the pedestrian or other drivers, then you will be personally responsible for damages caused and injuries sustained to others. If you have assets, such as real estate and equities, injured persons can file suit and go after your assets in order to cover for their damages.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS AND UNINSURED / UNDERINSURED MOTORIST CLAIMS
If you were a pedestrians struck by an automobile, you should know, that your own automobile insurance may apply to cover for your bodily injuries.
Uninsured motorist bodily injury (UMBI) pays for injuries caused by an accident with an uninsured driver who is at fault. Underinsured motorist (UIM) pays for injuries caused by an accident with an at-fault driver who does not have enough insurance to pay for all of the damages that you have sustained. UIM is a part of UM coverage. For your own UIM or UM coverage to apply, you must be hit by a vehicle. Yet, you do not have to be inside a vehicle. You can be a pedestrian walking, bicycling, skateboarding or even sitting on a park bench.
For that reason, if you are bicycling or walking a lot, it would be smart to have higher limit UM / UIM limits on your personal auto policy to make sure you are covered in case of an accident and an injury due to an automobile.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS AND IMPATIENT DRIVERS
Impatient motorists who do not check for pedestrians or try to drive around pedestrians walking in crosswalks, cause many pedestrian accidents and injuries. If a motorist is rushing, he may speed or if a driver becomes irritated by a crossing pedestrian, they may try to pass you unsafely and cause a car accident. Impatient motorists are also more likely to run stop signs, run red lights or disregard the right of way of other drivers and pedestrians. In view of that, you should always be aware of impatient drivers.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjusters also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.