Pedestrians in San Pedro may follow all the traffic rules when it comes to using crosswalks and waiting for signals before crossing the road. However, even when pedestrians follow all the traffic rules, they can still sustain serious injuries in accidents when others act negligently. If a driver has harmed you or a loved one, a San Pedro pedestrian accident lawyer from Frost Law Firm, PC will fight for you to recover full and fair compensation.
When our lawyers are representing you, we’ll launch a full investigation into your case. We’ll look into how the motorist was negligent and how their actions caused your accident and injuries. You can leave the legal responsibilities to us so you’re able to work on your recovery while we build a strong case on your behalf.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents in San Pedro?
California saw a rise in pedestrian deaths of 26% between 2014 and 2018. The state also has a pedestrian fatality rate that’s 25% higher than the national average. These accidents typically happen because of negligence, which means they could have been prevented had the other party not acted negligently.
It only takes a few seconds for a driver to make a reckless decision and collide with a pedestrian. There are many different factors that could have contributed to the accident. Some negligent actions could be:
- Racing Yellow Lights. Sometimes, a motorist may try to “beat” a yellow light instead of slowing down. If the traffic light changes and the pedestrian gets the signal that they can walk, the driver may collide with them.
- Failing to Yield. There are times when pedestrians have the right of way and motorists are supposed to stop to allow them to cross. If a driver doesn’t yield, they could strike a pedestrian.
- Distracted Driving. If a motorist is paying attention to their phone, they may not realize they’re at a stop sign or a red light, or that a pedestrian is crossing the road. The motorist may not look up in time to slow down or stop, or if they do look up in time to see the person crossing, they may not have enough time to prevent the collision.
- Backing Up. When someone is backing out of a spot, they need to make sure that they have a clear path. A driver may look for other vehicles, but not look for pedestrians. This could lead to a pedestrian collision.
Your San Pedro pedestrian accident lawyer will find out what the motorist did or failed to do that caused your accident and resulting injuries. We’ll consult police reports and check to see if the accident was captured on a traffic camera. Our lawyers will piece together the evidence to get the full story of what happened.
What Are the Consequences of a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents can cause severe injuries and fatalities because they have nothing to protect them from the vehicle’s impact. The injuries may be catastrophic—they could result in a permanent disability or prevent you from being able to return to work. Some of those injuries could include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
- Loss of Limb
These injuries will likely require immediate medical care and the recovery process could take a long time. If the injuries will not fully heal, you may also need to have continued treatment and physical therapy in the future.
When your ability to work is affected and you’re dealing with injuries that could change how you live your life, you’re going to need an experienced lawyer who will advocate for you. That’s where our law firm can help.
A San Pedro Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Will Fight for Your Rights
The medical costs of your injuries can get expensive quickly. When this is added on to missing work, possibly providing for others, and having your other financial responsibilities, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed—but you don’t have to. Your pedestrian accident lawyer will look at the total damages you’ve suffered. These damages could include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages/Loss of Future Earnings
- Diminished Earning Capacity
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish
When your lawyer is calculating your compensation, they’ll look at what the accident has already cost you and what it will continue to cost you. This includes both economic and noneconomic damages.
We’re also ready to deal with insurance companies that are undervaluing your claim. You may not know how severe your injuries truly are or the possible ways they could continue to affect your future. Insurance companies may ask for information about your injuries before you know their extent.
Since the insurance company is always going to protect their bottom line first, they could offer you a settlement that does not adequately reflect the losses you’ve suffered. While you may want to accept the settlement so you can start to take care of medical bills, this could lead you into a financially difficult situation later on. It’s best to have a San Pedro pedestrian accident lawyer fighting for your rights so you get the best chance of receiving compensation that will provide you with financial security.
The lawyers at Frost Law Firm, PC will not let an insurance company take advantage of you. We’ll always look out for your best interests and meticulously go over every aspect of your case so we can seek full and fair compensation.
Start Your Legal Journey with Frost Law Firm, PC
The consequences of a pedestrian accident can be devastating. When you’re searching for how you’re going to move forward, you need someone on your side who you can trust to advocate for you. The lawyers at Frost Law Firm, PC stand up for those who have been wrongfully injured and we’re ready to help you in any way we can.
Schedule a free consultation with us today so we can go over your legal options. After going over the details of your case, we can begin the legal process and fight for you to get justice.