Walking and exercising around the city of Glendale is a popular and enjoyable activity. Many think of walking as a safe alternative to driving, and very few fail to take proper precautions when walking around our city. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents happen, and when they occur, the results can be life-altering.
If a negligent party left you injured, you may benefit from working with a law firm. At Greenberg Gross, we are committed to seeing our clients receive the compensation they deserve. When you have suffered injuries through no fault of your own, we fight to protect your right to financial recovery. When you are ready to seek justice following your accident, our Glendale pedestrian accident lawyers can help.
Recovering Damages Following a Pedestrian Accident
The time following an accident can be very stressful. While you are injured and out of work, medical bills are piling up, and you are probably worried about covering these expenses, on top of your monthly bills. The good news is you have options for recovering damages and getting the compensation you need to move forward.
To recover compensation, you must first prove that the other party was responsible for your injuries. The at-fault party may try to claim that you were intoxicated, jaywalking, or disregarding traffic laws at the time of the accident. However, even if they make these claims, there are ways to prove that they were the party liable for the incident.
Your attorney will review all documentation related to your accident, including:
- The police report
- Your medical records
- Traffic camera footage
- Statements from eyewitnesses
Following your accident, it is important that you get to a safe place, call the police, and seek proper treatment for your injuries. This will ensure there is a record of your accident and subsequent injuries. Additionally, do not stop your prescribed treatment until your medical provider says it is safe to do so.
Once liability has been determined, your attorney will focus on recovering damages. You may be eligible to receive two types of damages: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages account for the out-of-pocket expenses the accident has caused you.
Economic damages include:
- Medical expenses (current and future)
- Lost earnings for work missed
- Reduced earning capacity for work you can no longer perform
- Property damage
Non-economic damages do not have a specific monetary value attached to them. To obtain optimal compensation for these types of damages, it is often best to work with an attorney who can explain why you should receive these damages and how they affected your life.
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
If you suffered any of these damages as a result of your pedestrian accident in Glendale, our personal injury team will include them in the demand letter to the liable party’s insurance company.
If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, please accept our deepest condolences. You and other surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death. Damages you can recover in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical expenses (leading up to your loved one’s passing)
- Lost income due to your loved one’s death
In addition, family members can recover non-economic damages in a wrongful death action. This means pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life can all be a part of your final settlement.
Leading Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents can happen to anyone walking alongside a road or crossing a street. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 7,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2020.
Pedestrians accounted for one in six deaths of all the people who died in accidents involving motor vehicles. In addition to fatalities, an estimated 104,000 emergency room visits were due to injured pedestrians that same year.
The leading causes of pedestrian-related accidents and fatalities are:
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol
- Speeding vehicles
- Drivers failing to yield the “right of way”
- Drivers failing to see pedestrians walking at night
- Distracted driving
In 2019, approximately 46% of crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths involved either a driver or pedestrian under the influence of alcohol. 13% of those accidents involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) greater than .08, which is the legal limit.
Who Is Most at Risk
According to the CDC, adults over 65 and children under 15 are at the greatest risk of being fatally injured in pedestrian accidents. In 2020, about 20% of pedestrian deaths were adults over 65, while 17% were children under 15. That being said, all pedestrians are at risk and should take precautions when walking on the streets of Glendale.
How to Keep Yourself Safe
The best way to keep yourself safe is to take proper precautions when walking around Glendale. Some of the best ways to increase your safety include:
- Carrying a flashlight at night
- Wearing bright and reflective clothing at night
- Using crosswalks to cross the street
- Walking on sidewalks
- Walking toward traffic on the shoulder when a sidewalk is not available
- Not using drugs or alcohol
- Avoiding distractions while walking
Contact Greenberg Gross Today
Walking around your hometown should never feel like a dangerous endeavor. However, distracted, drunk, and reckless drivers can put your safety at risk. When a negligent driver injures you, you have options for recovering compensation.
At Greenberg Gross, our team is committed to seeing negligent parties held responsible for their actions. Those who fail to provide proper care to those they share the road with should face the consequences. We will stand by you throughout your case and fight for a fair settlement. When you are ready to seek legal help following your accident, our Glendale pedestrian accident attorney is here to help. Call us today for your free consultation.