Accidents that involve a pedestrian and a vehicle can cause devastating injuries, and all too often result in fatalities. Los Angeles is notoriously dangerous for pedestrians, and many pedestrian accidents occur in hit-and-run scenarios. Pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles make up 10 percent of all vehicle-related accidents, and 35 percent of all road deaths — nearly triple the national average.

Los Angeles pedestrian accidents can happen for many reasons, including:

  • Drivers failing to yield at crosswalks
  • Speeding or running red lights
  • Pedestrians not obeying traffic signals
  • Pedestrians distracted by texting or earphones
  • Children crossing streets unattended

While, contrary to popular belief, pedestrians do not always have the right of way, simple mistakes made by those walking near traffic can turn deadly in an instant. There are certain precautions that pedestrians can take in order to stay safe. Anyone walking at night should wear bright colors and avoid wearing black if possible. Regardless of the time of day, always look both ways before crossing a street, and stay aware of your surroundings when walking. 

Many pedestrian accidents, however, are not the fault of the pedestrian, but the fault of the driver. California has a vehicle code that outlines how drivers must conduct themselves with regards to pedestrians, and failure to comply with these laws can have serious consequences for both the pedestrian and the driver.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries, but pedestrian accident cases can be extremely complicated. Hiring an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney ensures that the person at fault is held responsible, and gives you and your family peace of mind that the case will be handled effectively. Having an expert on your side is the best way to achieve favorable results for your case, and can help lift the emotional burden that often accompanies pursuing compensation for injuries or death.

The Law Offices of Garret A. Lungin has been serving the Greater Los Angeles community for more than 25 years and has recovered over $50,000,000 for accident victims. Accident cases can be time-sensitive, so it is important to  talk to an attorney right away. 

Contact our law offices today to have one of our experienced staff help you with your case.

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