Sometimes the weather is just too nice to spend much time inside of a vehicle. We know that you may choose to get out and walk often. When you do, an accident is the last thing on your mind. Whether you are a regular walker or just heading out for a quick trip across the street, there are dangers on the roadway.
Reckless drivers can really cause you harm.
Do you know what to do if one strikes you?
If you need a Glendale pedestrian accident attorney, the Compass Law Group has a team standing by to help. Our experience and knowledge are exactly what you need to ensure fair compensation in the aftermath of an accident.
The California Office of Traffic safety does a great job in tracking pedestrian accidents. In 2016, the latest reporting year, there were 867 pedestrian fatalities and 14,215 pedestrian injuries in crashes. Unfortunately, these numbers have been trending upward over the last few years.
A look at some more data may tell us why.
In the same survey, almost 50 percent of drivers admitted to making a driving mistake while talking on their phones. Most people surveyed believed that texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers.
We also know that drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol are much more likely to cause harm to pedestrians. They may not even see them. Over 10 percent of the people surveyed in California said they had driven after they’ve had too much to drink.
Injuries from pedestrian accidents are particularly devastating. With no protection whatsoever, most people who get hit by vehicles sustain some sort of bodily damage. Hopefully, the injuries are minor – scrapes and bruises.
We know that the outcome is sometimes much worse, with pedestrians suffering severe internal damage that often requires surgery to fix, long hospital stays, and even longer rehabilitation times.
All of this can take you away from living a normal life and from work. Without the ability to support your family financially, you may wonder what to do next.
Will insurance cover all of your expenses?
The answer is almost always no. It may cover some of your medical expenses, but insurance companies are notorious for trying to pay out as little as possible.
This is not fair to you, especially if a negligent driver is responsible for your injuries.
We know that getting hit by a vehicle when you are walking is scary. In the aftermath, you may not know what steps to take, but the Compass Law Group is ready to help. Our pedestrian accident attorneys will work to ensure you are treated fairly by insurance companies. If someone else’s negligence has caused you harm, you may be owed more compensation that they are offering. We know you will need more than just money to cover your medical expenses. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-602-4010.
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.