Were you just walking on the street when you were in an accident? Was someone you love struck by a car while they were on foot? Pedestrian accidents can be devastating for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that you don’t have any protection. It’s just you on the street, minding your own business, when disaster strikes. Belal Hamideh, a pedestrian accident lawyer in Los Angeles, has helped pedestrian accident victims for years to receive the compensation they deserve. Se Habla Espanol.
What is a Pedestrian Accident?
Put simply, a “pedestrian accident” is any accident that involves a vehicle and a person on foot. It doesn’t matter what kind of vehicle it is – if a vehicle strikes someone who’s walking around, then it’s a pedestrian accident. These, as you might imagine, are very dangerous. Indeed, the CDC has found that pedestrian victims account for roughly one-third of all fatalities on the road.
A pedestrian accident could occur without warning, at any time. Morning, afternoon, evening – yes, they can be more common at night but not by much. Children and the elderly are particularly at risk of pedestrian accidents, but Belal and the team here have successfully represented victims of all ages.
You can do everything you can to stay safe, to protect yourself, and yet, you can still suffer a pedestrian accident. There’s no real way to outrun a car. If the driver is under the influence, texting, speeding, or just has lost control of the vehicle, despite your best efforts, you could be struck. If you’re in an accident, after you’ve received medical attention and called the authorities, it’s worth it to reach out to an experienced attorney.
What Should I Do in a Pedestrian Accident?
First, get to safety. Do so to the extent that you can. Remove yourself from harm’s way as much as you can.
Get medical assistance. You may feel fine, as if you have suffered no injuries. Indeed, it may seem as if you have escaped entirely unscathed. Hopefully, that’s the case. However, far too often, internal injuries and others manifest long after the accident itself. You may be in shock right after the accident. An experienced medical provider can conduct a full evaluation to learn the truth.
Call the police as well. The police will generate a police report which will prove invaluable to your case.
Document evidence but only if you can do so safely. Take pictures and videos. Focus on damage: to yourself, other parties, the environment, vehicles, and so forth.
Get the contact information of all the parties involved. Neither admit fault nor say anything that could be construed as such (“I’m sorry,” etc.) If there are witnesses, get their information as well.
Inform your insurance company of what happened, but don’t sign anything until you talk to an experienced attorney. After you’ve done the above, reach out to us.
How Does a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help?
We can make this challenging time easier on you all while representing you as aggressively as possible. The insurance company is going to do everything in their power to make sure that you receive as little compensation as possible, if you receive any at all. We can fight back against that, representing you properly so as to help you receive the maximum compensation.
When you reach out to us for a free case evaluation, we’ll go over your case thoroughly. Drawing upon our experience, we’ll let you know exactly what we think your case is worth. Then, we’ll work tirelessly to make sure that you get that. An important part of this: the comprehensive investigation. The moment you sign with us, we’ll have our team of investigators find out what really happened. Then, we’ll use that to bolster your case.
We’ll file all the paperwork and more you’ll need for your case when it needs to be filed. Additionally, we can keep you updated throughout our negotiations with the other side, always informing you as to where the case is, and so forth. We’ve found the more information our clients have, the better a position they’re in to make the right decisions for their families.
Should you require it, we know medical professionals that we trust. Like us, they work on contingency. So, you won’t have to pay them for your care out of pocket. Instead, their payment, like ours, will come out of your eventual settlement.
What Injuries Could I Suffer in a Pedestrian Accident?
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can be severe. When a vehicle strikes a person on the side of the road, the person on foot has little to no protection. Thus, we’ve had clients whose injuries have included broken bones, injuries to the brain, back, spine, and more, internal organ injuries, leg injuries, and much worse.
No matter what kinds of injuries you’ve suffered in a pedestrian accident, we will work to make sure that you receive maximum compensation for everything that you’ve had to go through.
Who’s at Fault in a Pedestrian Accident?
More often than not, the party who’s liable for a pedestrian accident is the party who was behind the wheel of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian. Often, they’re under the influence, distracted, speeding, violating some other rules of the road, and so forth. If they were acting in a negligent and/or reckless way, and this led to the accident, then they’re at fault.
That said, other parties who could be at fault include those who were to properly maintain a crossing signal/traffic light, those in charge of certain environmental factors, and so forth. During our investigation, we’ll find all of the parties who may be liable for your accident. From there, we’ll take appropriate actions against all liable parties, all to make sure that you receive the compensation you should.
However, the other side could do everything in their power to make it so that you, the pedestrian, were liable for the accident. They may try to say that it was your fault for walking in the wrong area, jaywalking, being distracted, and the like. We’ll make sure that the truth comes out, always with an eye towards getting you the right compensation for your pedestrian accident.
What Benefits Could I Receive for a Pedestrian Accident?
In these accidents, you can receive economic as well as non-economic damages. Economic damages cover costs that may have accrued as a direct result of the accident. Medical bills, doctor’s visits, therapy, rehab, home modifications, wages you’ve lost from being unable to work, wages that you won’t be able to receive in the future for being unable to work your job in the same capacity, and so forth – those are just some of the economic damages we have won for our clients.
Non-economic damages include that which you’ve had to deal with, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and similar issues. The aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be one of the most challenging periods of a person’s life, so we do everything we can to get you what you should have for going through it.
When Should I File a Pedestrian Accident Suit?
Essentially, as soon as possible. Waiting to file a suit does not do you or your case any favors. In California, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. It may sound like a long period of time but it is not. In fact, there are some exceptions that will require you to file your lawsuit sooner than that. Rest assured: the other side is not waiting around. They’re investigating as soon as possible, just to be ready. The sooner you file your suit, the sooner we can get to work, helping you to receive the maximum compensation for your pedestrian accident.
Belal Hamideh: Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles Who Wins
After a pedestrian accident, your most important concern is your health, your recovery. There are people who count on you in your life. Let us take your case so that you can focus on what’s most important. We work on contingency. You don’t have to pay us out of pocket. Indeed, you only have to pay us if we win, and even then, that comes out of your settlement.
If you were hit by a vehicle when you were on foot, we may be able to help. Reach out to us today for a free case evaluation.