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Steps To Take As A Pedestrian Involved In An Accident

Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Posted in Car Accident

In 2017, an LA Country sheriff’s deputy was responding to a call when she was involved in a fatal accident. As she approached an intersection, she turned on her lights but not her siren. As she proceeded through the intersection, her patrol vehicle was struck by another vehicle which caused the patrol vehicle to launch into a crowd of pedestrians.

Two young brothers, ages 7 and 9, died due to the injuries. Their mother was also struck and suffered a crushed pelvis and several broken bones.

The LAPD conducted an investigation and determined the sheriff’s deputy to be at fault, but last week, prosecutors announced that no charges would be filed as they lacked evidence for a vehicular manslaughter case.

At the Compass Law Group, we know that pedestrians face danger in and around LA on a daily basis. Do you know what to do in the aftermath?

When you need a Los Angeles car accident attorney, you can count on our team to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

The Numbers

During the latest reporting year in California, there were over 14,000 pedestrian accident injuries and 867 pedestrians were killed in traffic incidents. Those numbers are high and a greater concentration of these accidents happens in large cities like LA.

Many times, driver negligence contributes to these accidents. In the case above, we see that a law enforcement officer did not follow proper protocol when responding to a call.

Other times, these accidents are the result of:

  • Drunk drivers
  • Distracted drivers
  • Speeding and aggressive drivers

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable group in and around the roadway. They have no protection from the force of a vehicle and injuries from these accidents tend to be severe.

What You Can Do

If you or a loved one are involved in a serious pedestrian incident, here are some steps you can take:

  • Seek medical attention for any injury, no matter how minor it may seem.
  • Take pictures of the scene if possible.
  • Seek out eyewitnesses to the incident.
  • Get a copy of all police reports.
  • If a death is involved, get a copy of the coroner’s report as well.
  • Keep all medical documentation.
  • Seek assistance from a qualified and experienced attorney.

We know that this can all seem overwhelming, but insurance companies and other parties will move quickly, which may not be in your best interest.

Moving Forward From Here

We know that an accident with injuries can be incredibly difficult to deal with. If someone else’s negligence has caused you harm, seek legal assistance now. At the Compass Law Group, we want to make sure you receive compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:

  • Medical costs
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages
  • Funeral and burial expenses (if needed)

If you need a Los Angeles car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-602-4010.

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No matter who the opposing party is, they can’t outwork, outwit or outspend Compass Law Group, PC. We will do everything that is necessary to win the case, and we’re here to help victims fight back against those who injured them.

Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.

Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.

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