Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Calabases, CA

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Fighting for the Rights of Injured Pedestrians

When most people think of car accidents, they generally do not think of people walking on foot. However a Calabasas pedestrian accident lawyer will tell you that common accidents don't just involve two or more vehicles.

A fair portion of auto accidents just involve one motorist. Furthermore, these kinds of accidents can frequently cause substantial damage and horrendous injuries. This is especially true when the collision involves a pedestrian.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the Calabasas pedestrian accident attorneys at Drake Law Firm realize that you are going through a challenging time. Medical expenses are mounting, you're out of work, and you're hurt and in pain. Additionally, you might be receiving calls from a car insurance provider and you don't know what to do.

The good news is that we are here to help. The attorneys at Drake Law Firm have been handling pedestrian accident claims for many years with great success. If you have a case, we are prepared and willing to defend you.

What are common causes of Calabasas pedestrian accidents?

Drivers have a duty of care while operating their cars that includes more than just other vehicles. Motorists have to also keep a lookout for the more defenseless people on the roads, such as motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Here are the primary reasons:

If a motorist does not pay close enough attention-- or their driving is impaired for some other reason-- they might seriously injure or kill a pedestrian unintentionally.

In order to totally comprehend how serious pedestrian accidents are and how to prevent them, we also need to understand what leads to pedestrian accidents.

Some major causes of accidents involving pedestrians include:

  • Turning and merging accidents
  • Exiting a parking lot or driveway
  • Failing to yield
  • Speeding
  • DUI
  • Bad weather
  • Delivery truck accidents
  • Loading and unloading bus and rail travelers
  • Distracted driving

How can I avoid pedestrian accidents?

Although it is impossible to account for the actions of those around you, there are a number of things you can do to help avoid becoming the victim of a pedestrian accident.

Listed here are several safety measures to take to avoid getting struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian:

  • Cross the street in designated crosswalks
  • Look for vehicles in all directions, including those turning left or right
  • At stop light intersections, only cross when you have a walk signal
  • When crossing the street, be defensive and assume the motorist does not see you
  • Attempt to make eye contact with the driver to make sure that you know for sure that they see you
  • Never cross midblock, especially when walking on busy city streets or roads with several lanes
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available
  • Remain alert at all times. Try to minimize distractions on your phone
  • Just use one earbud at a time so you do not lose all sense of hearing
  • Don't try to beat traffic. If you feel like you need to run or accelerate, you are cutting it too close
  • Wear bright and reflective clothing at night
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways and parking garages or reversing in parking lots

What should I do if I'm injured in a Calabasas pedestrian accident?

Knowing what to do after you are hit by a vehicle while on foot is essential to ensure that you can protect your rights and legal options in case you are seriously injured or have other damages.

  • Call the authorities and file a report
  • Take down witness information at the scene
  • Take photos and video of the accident scene
  • Gather as much of your own evidence as possible, including names, police reports, and so on
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible
  • Call a pedestrian accident attorney
  • Don't speak to an auto insurance company until you've had a consultation with an attorney

As more and more people rely on either public transportation or walking as an alternative to traveling by vehicle, more pedestrians end up on the public roads. This is particularly true in metropolitan locations like Calabasas, where people commonly walk from bus stops, "L" stops, or rail stations to their homes or places of employment.

Too frequently, pedestrians are struck by motorists that are too distracted to notice them crossing the street or walking behind a vehicle. And when this happens, it will be the pedestrian, not the driver, that pays the price.

The pedestrian injury lawyers at Drake Law Firm have extensive experience working with those who are hurt in this kind of accident. We can pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf, or a wrongful death suit on behalf of a loved one who has been killed in a pedestrian accident in Calabasas or any other of the surrounding communities.

What types of compensation can I receive if I prevail in a Calabasas pedestrian accident claim?

If you reach a settlement or the court rules in your favor, you can receive compensation for losses associated with your pedestrian accident and injuries, including:

  • Medical treatment expenses
  • Lost income
  • Estimated future medical treatment costs
  • Estimated future lost income
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • And more

A Calabasas pedestrian accident is a life-altering occurrence when victims suffer serious injuries. Consult with an experienced Calabasas pedestrian accident attorney today that can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

Contact the Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Drake Law Firm

If you or somebody close to you has suffered an accident as a pedestrian, contact our firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. These can be very challenging claims, and choosing a law firm knowledgeable about the issues involved in pedestrian accidents in the Calabasas area is your best option for receiving the compensation you deserve.

Our Calabasas pedestrian accident attorneys have a proven track record of success in litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of individuals and families living with the tragedy of a severe or fatal accident.

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