According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration –
5,000 pedestrians die each year in automobile accidents, and more than 78,000 are injured when struck by a car or truck.
Pedestrians are at greater risk of injury and death than any other group of people involved in automobile accidents that do not use motor vehicles.
Almost 90% of motor vehicle fatalities are pedestrians, not cyclists, or skaters.
According to police reports, some of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in Burbank are:
- Olive Avenue
- San Francisco Boulevard
- Magnolia Boulevard
- Lima Street
Top Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Burbank
Not giving the right of way when turning at an intersection: When pedestrians have the “walk” sign at an intersection, cars are supposed to give the right of way.
Unfortunately, drivers often forget to check if pedestrians are passing or simply do not see them.
Not stopping: Pedestrians expect drivers to obey traffic laws. Therefore, if a pedestrian sees a car approaching a traffic light or a stop sign, they can venture to pass, even though the car has not yet begun to slow down. Often, drivers will skip stop signs and red lights because they are distracted and do not look at the road.
Speeding/intoxication: If a driver is traveling above the speed limit or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication, their reaction time may be diminished. This means they may be more likely to hit a pedestrian on the road.
Of course, pedestrians can also be negligent when on the road. In this case, drivers may be unable to avoid an accident. Some examples of this type of pedestrian accident include:
Crossing anywhere: Ideally, it is safe for pedestrians to use pedestrian crossings as they cross the street. However, not all intersections have traffic lights, pedestrian crossings or even stop signs. Even so, it is still better to cross at the intersection rather than anywhere else, especially in the middle of a traffic jam.
Distracted walking: Pedestrians are expected to remain aware of their surroundings and avoid getting in front of cars or crossing intersections with a red light. Unfortunately, when pedestrians are checking their phones, wearing headphones, or are distracted in any other way, they may be prone to accidents.
Common Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents
Accidents involving pedestrians tend to result in serious injuries.
In most cases, these mishaps are caused by drivers who do not obey traffic laws.
The Avrek law firm is known for successfully representing pedestrian accident victims and their families when dealing with the following types of injuries:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Burbank
As a victim of a pedestrian accident, you will need protection from insurance companies.
They often try to blame the victim and present you with compensation offers that are below what you really deserve.
Your best defense is to have one of our pedestrian accident lawyers in Burbank who knows the laws and has experience negotiating with insurance companies.
Our injury lawyers have helped people involved in all kinds of accidents.
With the Avrek Law team you pay nothing until your case is won.
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What is My Pedestrian Accident Claim Worth?
Just as with a car accident, it is critical to find a lawyer who knows how to handle your claim, can conduct a reasonable and quick investigation, knows how to gather important evidence and can deal with the insurance companies.
In Burbank California, our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys have been awarded compensation for head injuries, fractures, and neurological damage, etc.
We can also help you recover the following:
- Payment or refund for medical expenses
- Recover lost wages, both present and future
- A payment for the mental and emotional anguish suffered after your accident
- Disability benefits or long-term rehabilitation insurance
- Compensation for the loss of a loved one
How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action?
In California, you have a specific amount of time to file a lawsuit or resolve your claim or you may be forever barred from recovering anything.
The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in California is two years from the date of the accident, if the responsible party is a private person.
What this means is that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit or resolve your claim.
Do not risk losing your case.
Contact our office to speak with a Burbank personal injury lawyer about your legal rights.
We offer a Free cosultation so you have nothing to lose.
Is a Lawyer Necessary and How Much Does It cost?
If you or a loved one has suffered from injuries while walking on the street, it is important that you choose an attorney who understands the laws in California as well as the statutes related to pedestrian accidents in order to get the maximum compensation possible.
Our lawyers at the Avrek law firm won’t charge you unless they win the case.
Pedestrian Accident Checklist – What To Do after an accident
If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident, it is very important to get as much information as possible about the vehicle and the driver involved.
This must include the license plate, the maker and model of the vehicle, the driver’s full name, current telephone number and address, and the driver’s license number, as well as his/her insurance company and policy number.
It is good practice to actually see the other person’s driver’s license and copy all of it and not simply rely on what the other driver tells you.
If the vehicle leaves the crash scene, be sure to call the police at 911 immediately and provide as much information as possible.
Because pedestrian accidents occur in many different ways and often involve very complicated situations, victims or their relatives should call our office immediately.
Usually, it is best to call directly from the accident site, so we can help you get the best medical care as well as compensation for the victim’s injuries and damages.
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