Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accident Attorney – Serving All of California

Actual client of Susan HandelEach year, thousands of people are injured in pedestrian accidents. These accidents can cause serious spinal cord, brain and other types of serious personal injuries.

Susan Handel is renowned for her aggressive and compassionate representation on behalf of victims of serious personal injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents. Through her careful preparation and strong advocacy skills, Susan Handel has helped countless individuals obtain superior compensation for their injuries and losses. Moreover, as part of her personal commitment to each of her clients, she makes herself readily available to answer questions and discuss the progress of each client’s case.  Susan Handel has the experience, resources and knowledge to handle large, complex and difficult cases, while at the same time maintaining the compassion and understanding the significant impact that pedestrian accidents have on her clients and their families.  Susan Handel is widely regarded as an expert personal injury attorney with a record of very successful results for her clients who have been injured in pedestrian accidents.

Every time a pedestrian steps off a curb, they place themselves at risk for serious injury and even death.  With nothing to protect the pedestrian from the full blow of a vehicle’s impact, traumatic injuries are often sustained. Factors such as poor visibility, driver error, and inadequate pedestrian crossings often lead to pedestrian accidents that can have devastating consequences for both the victims and their families.  Pedestrians on average are injured in traffic accidents every eight minutes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  While people of all ages can be injured in pedestrian accidents, children and the elderly are at the highest risk.  When an unprotected pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, the results can be disastrous. Among the damages that commonly result in pedestrian accidents are injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and head injuries.

Even if you are partially at fault for a pedestrian accident, under the laws of comparable negligence you may still be entitled to recover a portion of your damages.  After performing a review of the circumstances surrounding your accident, Susan Handel will be able to determine the amount of responsibility the driver had and build up a case for you.

Pedestrian accidents can be sudden, tragic, life-changing events.  If an accident is due to someone else’s negligence, you have a right to pursue monetary damages in a number of areas including, but not limited to the following:

  • Lost wages, both past and future
  • Medical expenses, both past and future
  • Pain and suffering, both past and future
  • Mental anguish, both past and future
  • Damage to property
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of quality of life

Common causes of pedestrian accidents

  • The motorist does not come to a complete stop at a stop sign
  • The motorist fails to stop before turning on red at an intersection
  • The motorist does not provide enough room for the pedestrian or bicyclist on a street or roadway
  • The motorist is traveling too fast down neighborhood streets
  • The motorist is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • The motorist does not see the bicyclist or pedestrian

States enacted laws that mandate that a motorist observe the following:

  • When a pedestrian is crossing the roadway within a crosswalk, motorists must yield the right of way to the pedestrian
  • When a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk permitting a pedestrian to cross, motorists of any rear-approaching vehicles shall not overtake and pass
  • Drivers must yield right of way to pedestrians at stop signs, flashing red signals, or marked crosswalks
  • Motorists approaching residential area street crossings must exercise appropriate care for people who might be in the act of crossing the street

Pedestrians must obey the following standards:

  • No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard
  • Although pedestrians have the right of way to cross in a crosswalk they must exercise ordinary care for their own safety
  • Pedestrians crossing the roadways at any point other than within a marked crosswalk, must yield right the of way to the vehicles on the roadway
  • Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians must not cross at any place except in the marked crosswalk
  • No pedestrian may cross a roadway intersection diagonally

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